“Don’t Get Me Started”

Coronado is home to many people, including a large number of senior citizens. Today, I met an elderly gentleman while I was walking my dogs. We struck up a conversation and I’m so glad we did. Here’s how it went.

“Hi,” he said looking up from his walker, and smiling at me, by way of greeting. “I bet those dogs cost a bundle to feed?”

I agreed that they did indeed and explained that since the large dogs have sensitive tummy’s it’s either feed them high quality food – or expect regular visits to the vet.

“Don’t get me started,” he said. “Them vets are nothing but a racket!”

Well, I’m not one to miss a good story, so I slowed the dogs down and we walked with guy for a while. Turns out he didn’t really have an issue with vets, that he went into, but dentist’s on the other hand… that was another story.

Here’s some of what he had to say.

“I needed to get a tooth pulled,” said the old guy – grinning at me with his crooked and mostly still present real teeth.

“One of the teeth had rotted off at the gum line – and I wanted the Dentist to simply pull out the rest of the tooth – roots and all. Simple, right?”

“So I went to a dental surgeon recommended by a relative and asked him to pull the tooth. And do you know what he said?” he asked me.

“No,” I responded, “What did he say?”

“He said, ‘he couldn’t pull the tooth unless I had a referral from another dentist.’ Can you believe that?”

“And then to make things worse,” he went on, “he charged me $85 for the consultation!”

“Gee,” I replied – “I know exactly what you mean. My dentist won’t do any serious dental work, or even whiten my teeth if I don’t first agree to a $600 major (under anesthesia) teeth cleaning.”

“Don’t get me started,” he laughed. “You don’t know the half of it.”

“When you get to be my age, and your teeth start to fall out, that’s when you’ll really see what it costs to chew food.”

Coronado is a great place. Always someone new and interesting to meet. Lots of cool people live here. And some of the old-timers are really fun.

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