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the story of an invisible girl
Phone Post: Airplanes and Stars and Dentists
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“airplane light, airplane bright
first airplane i see tonight
wish i may, wish i might
have this wish i wish tonight
-- i'd like a new lunchbox please!

So I saw an airplane this evening. Well I thought it was a star, i thought it was the FIRST star, so i was going to make a wish...but it was an airplane. But it's all right, because you know, I don't really use lunchboxes anymore anyway.

But that was [the plot of] one of my favorite books as a kid. There was this little mouse (I think it was a mouse), and he wanted a new lunchbox, so he wished on a star... and really that's mostly all I remember, or at least it's not all that important.

[Actually I now feel moved to finish the story while transcribing, because it's a delightful story, even though I don't remember the name or author of the book. This little boy mouse, he has an old childish lunchbox. All of the other kids at school had cool new ones, with trucks, and planes, and cool stuff on them. So he wishes on the evening star for a lunchbox. But the next morning, his mother hands him his old lunchbox. Then in school he learns that the stars are really far away, so he thinks he just has to shout louder. He shouts his wish for several days in a row, each night a little louder, until you see *in the pictures* that he has shouted loudly enough that his mother hears him. But that detail isn't in the text, just the picture. The next morning, his mother hands him his lunch in an awesome new lunchbox, just as cool as anything his friends have. That night he thanks the star, and you see him mother watching with a secret smile. It's a sweet little story. Now back to my phone post....]

I went to the dentist today, and I got my teeth cleaned. And it was awful and horrible, but I survived. And I like this dentist, I think. So I think I'm going to let her fill my other cavity in two weeks. The main question is whether I freak out, or whether I go to the appointment. So let's all hope I go to the appointment instead of freaking out -- that's my current goal.

Um -- that's all I have to say, I mostly wanted to tell you about the airplane thing. So...bye!”

Transcribed by: renniekins
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marsgov From: marsgov Date: March 17th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Ninja Dentists

First of all, I think dentists should be trained as ninjas, or perhaps the other way around. Imagine how wonderful this would be: you're walking down the street, there's a flash of light — and when you recover from your disorientation, you discover that your teeth have been cleaned! Wouldn't that be great!

In the meantime, for people who never go to the dentist when they should, I suggest a new service. You sign up and sign all the right releases and legal documents; some time during the year, a white van pulls up, two burly guys in white coats leap out and put you into a straight jacket, and off you go to the dentist. (If you pay extra, they'll use one of those movie-style butterfly nets instead of the straight jacket.)
From: lindaatzarquon Date: March 17th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ninja Dentists

Oh, like I need to live in perpetual fear not just from dentists in general, but of being kidnapped by a dentist at inopportune times!?!

I like the "what the heck hit me" cleanings, though.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ninja Dentists

That is not a bad idea! I also think they should knock you out, so you just wake up in front of your house with a newly cleaned/filled/whatever set of teeth.
sherdeb From: sherdeb Date: March 17th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG! I SO remember that book... when I read the first part of your post, I nearly freaked when I got to the lunchbox part! Wow...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, somebody else who remembers it! it's engrained in my mind. Just like I can't sing the national anthem without adding "play ball!" at the end either mentally or verbally, I can't say the "star light" poem without adding the bit about the new lunchbox. Wasn't that a great book? It always makes me smile.
behindthefool From: behindthefool Date: March 17th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Hehe that's the first time I've been able to get any of these phone posts to work so that's the first time I've heard your voice :) I don't know what I imagined it would be like but apparently it wasn't like that. It's nice to not only put a face to a name (which I have through your pictures) but now also a voice. :D
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too cool, so I'm your first phone post!!! Yay. (:

My voice was extra high and "chirpy", I think, listening to it last night. Because I was in the car, talking on my mobile. I mean that's my voice, but when I'm just sitting at home it's a little bit softer/lower I think. (I don't like it when I hear my voice getting too high, so I try to relax and soften it when I talk on the phone.)
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, you're right, definitely things I don't want to think about. I know I need to go... I do feel more comfortable with this dentist so hopefully I won't chicken out!
nishar From: nishar Date: March 17th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
First off, please go to the dentist. I don't want that cavity to start hurting you. Second, love your voice.
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