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June 6th, 2006


09:22 am - Geeses, Gooses
So I got my ears pierced yesterday. Wow the science of piercings has advanced, at least at tattoo parlors.

You know, it reminds me of the difference between a craft shop and a bead store. You can buy beading components at both, but the quality at the bead store is just better. They're more knowledgable about beading issues and more concerned with the overall quality of the components.

Mike, the guy who did my piercing, was himself, very pierced, but very grounded. He has a policy in place, similiar to Jill's about no impulse tatooing. He said he gets a lot of, "WOW! I want that!" when he's out in public about one of his piercings in particular, an ear piercing with a very large diameter whole, nearly the size of nickle, I'd say, and he thinks to himself, "You don't know what you want to be when you grow up, kid. You have no idea if this earring will match your long-term career goals!"

It was fairly quick. The setup is nice. Very surgical looking, which, considering my last piercing was in a mall, was refreshing. They open the components in front of you, which apparently is Massachussets law. (god bless their litigious hearts) He gave me the choice of standing or sitting, which was lovely. I elected to stand. He used a 16 gauge needle and put in an 18 gauge earring. This, he says provides adequate drainage to keep the ear from swelling and helps avoid infection. Also, they use small rings to promote drainage, instead of using posts with backings that trap dirt and fluids. Honestly, the way they walked me through everything and explained their whole proceedure was entirely novel for something as simple as an ear piercing. Their approach was very caring, but their methods were very clinical. (just like midwifery!) It's wonderful to be in the hands of people who want to do everything right and safely.

It's a little sore today. Apparently they don't recommend alcohol to clean piercings anymore, the new thing is anti-microbial soap. I didn't even know they made such a thing. Hoppie's like, "And where do you get this?" Drugstore apparently.

Anyway, I highly recommend them. Even if their website isn't quite working yet.
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02:47 pm - In honour of solies' birthday
I thought I'd share one of my favorite Emma/Solies moments. from soliefriends.

And I couldn't pick a favorite from the real solies blog, so I have two:
The Hippotamus of friendliness and Are you ready for some football: Part 2: West Bromwich Albion.
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04:05 pm - Right, about that
Pretty predictable. It's like when Beatrice, Edgar's wife in MIB gets her visit from the police. "They were here. They wrote down every single word I said, not beliving a single word I said."
He has his conclusions already, he just need to runs some tests for verify them. Maybe it's unfair to draw this conclusion after just one meeting, but he seems to have some god complex issues. He said things like, "I know I can make you fertile." and then delved into issues like whether he should. Wait a second, pal, I'm not paying you to debate moral quandries. I've come to you for help. Provide it or don't, but don't tell me you think other people would question whether you _should_ or not. I honestly don't care what they think. I'm not entirely sure I care what you think.

Hoppie found the whole thing amusing because he hears me talk about how my doctors take a very one dimensional approach to my health care and don't understand why it doesn't work, and he got to see it in action.
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