A blog by Jorge Garcia.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Say goodbye to the old me.

Five years ago I rolled out of the bed and went to the DMV to renew my driver's license. I took the test, paid a fee and then they sent me to the line where you get your picture taken. 
Oops! I forgot about that part. And there I was in the shirt I slept in the night before and BIB OVERALLS. Thus the smile: 

But the last time I was in LA I finally renewed and I got to take a fresh new picture. Tah-dah!
I'm just kidding this is me at my root canal last week. 
See about a month ago I cracked a tooth on a piece of unpopped popcorn. So I made an appointment with a dentist. I went in thinking that I'd get my tooth fixed. This was not the case. I ended up going in for just a "consultation" where they determined that my tooth was indeed cracked and would have to be fixed. Which we then schedule for the following week. 
Then I decided to have them work on my whole mouth. Which involved another appointment just for consultation. Geez! And THEN yet another appointment to start on the right half of my mouth. During that appointment it turned out I needed a root canal because I had "caricus exposure" whatever that is. So my dentist made an appointment with a root canal specialist. So I mentally prepared myself for a root canal and went to the appointment. 
Sure enough it was ANOTHER CONSULT. Every dental appointment I made this month turned out to be two appointments, each with their own co-pay of varying amounts. But I did get my root canal and I'm kind of suffering tonight for it. It really hit me last Sunday the post root canal pain that comes about three days later. Here's me immediately after with my numb mouth. I couldn't keep my lip in. 


bethany leigh shady said...

anyone who sees that pic is totally going to think that your old driver's license was from the state of alabama

Nicole said...

haha Your license pic looks more like a mug shot! Just kidding! By rule, license pics are supposed to be bad I think!

Hope your mouth is feeling better! I never have had to get a root canal (or even a filling) thank goodness! The whole headgear/braces/retainer/dry socket from wisdom teeth extraction thing was enough torture for me to want to stay away from the dentist as much as possible haha

Bocia! said...

Dentist are like that, aren't they?
100$ for nothing...

Your driver's license picture it's the best I've seen!

Avinash said...

Was that driving license photo taken before or after the lynching? Joking... :)

Siv said...

Hehe, I like the new look :)

bertas said...

Oh I agree new look is much better then the old one :)

redelf said...

Dentist are evil!!!See thats how they make their money!!!

LOL I love the license!!!

chefmom said...

Awww, look at that pout!! And your driver's license picture is a riot!! Feel better....isn't dental work miserable?!

Honeybell said...

Dude! You thought to take a picture during your root canal! AWESOME.

Khyle said...

That first drivers license pic looks like you are channeling John Belushi.

Pam said...

The DMV makes it their personal mission to take the worst pictures possible - sort of vicarious revenge for having to do the job in the first place. (Hey, it isn't paranoid if it's true!) LOL My guy keeps threatening to post mine on my MySpace page, which might be grounds for a divorce, I think... ;o)

Anyway, having said that, I'm with Bethany...I'm hearing that song from "Deliverance" as I look at that pic....sorry, Jorge...but if it's any consolation, mine is worse. Trust me.

James Hernandez said...


The only thing that scares me more than spiders are dentists!

Topanga said...

Cute! Women pay big bucks to get that 'pouty look'. ;-)

Heather said...

This is the funniest post yet. I don't know which part I like best - the hillbilly overalls, or the sad face at the end with your errant lip.


Ack said...

I love that you managed to take a picture of yourself mid-root canal, I would be too busy having an aneurysm to be able to handle such things.

Captain Mustapha said...

Novacaine!! I always felt funny when they gave me that stuff! Now, I just tell them I'd rather suffer the extreme pain for a short while. I think the white knuckles and screaming while my eyes roll back into my skull just makes the dentist nervous.

D S said...

I feel bad for you buddy. I went through something less worse, but still got 5 teeth filled in the last year.

Please do not talk to me about the DMV though.

Desmond_Pen said...

dang! This is the funniest blog around!

groovymom said...

Have you seen SICKO? If not, you'll want to get it. Your "consultations" story reminded me of the film. (The whole racket thing.)

You're a brave man to have more dental work done... It's probably the third most scary chair in the world! (First - electric. Second - witness stand)

Hope you're work is all done & you're on the mend.

Kathi said...

Wow, that all began as a result of chewing on an unpopped popcorn kernel?! I've gotta go warn my husband right now...

You're much braver than me- I absolutely HATE dentist visits! You do look pretty cute though with your mouth all puffy.

Ameloblast said...

I'm glad things worked out fine with the root canal. A carious exposure is a cavity that is so deep it penetrates into the nerve of the tooth. Just putting a filling into that would really irritate the nerve to the point that you would need a root canal. So we do the root canal first.

Claudia said...

funny post overall!
carious exposure not funny though! You really need to start brushing ur teeth more often and eating healthier!

(Y)(Y) = thumbs up

Just Julie said...

Spiders, and now dentist. *Shudder* If I didn't love you so much, I would have to quit reading your blog ;)

David-Bilbo said...

Haha. You're so great Jorge!! I write from Bilbao (Spain) You should come to my city one day, you'll love it. I want to go to Hawaii, but I don't know when, I haven't time! :(
I think you understand spanish, do u? so...
Saludos de un gran fan de Lost desde Bilbao!!

Miss Scarlett said...

omg - your driver's license photo!
thanks to Pam I am now seeing it with a soundtrack.

how fun is that, paying someone to tell you what you just told them?

Capmaster said...

What's up with the "Haz Mat" shield thing they have stretched across your mouth?

Sonia said...

A ROOT CANAL SPECIALIST?!?! dearest.. I think them people are milking you for money! My dentist built an additional wing to his manor with what he made off my rotten teeth, and i never had the high tech tent you had draped in your mouth... what the hell was that?!?! I say thank you if he doesn't drop my crown before shoving it on my tooth! Holy molars! I don't think I have experienced dentistry like that. poo' ol' me! haha... just joking... root canals suck no matter how much happy juice they pump you full of! :) condoleances to your tooth

Natália said...

"Here's me immediately after with my numb mouth."


Restless Dementia said...

the first pic seems to be saying
"Jorge has a Posse"

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