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Fist of Gratitude

I really hate my dental school loans. This is not a feeling that changes when I dig into the twelve different payback models or daily interest tracking spreadsheets I have assembled to assuage my guilt that education loans financially hobbled my family when I thought they’d do the opposite. And really, the hobbling is an emotional feeling as well — not even three years out of school is a poor time to assess the unvarnished facts of an investment in higher education.

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Leaving Our First Home

The lid of the seventy year old stove creaked reluctantly as I pushed it up and ducked my head under. Dust and the smell of distant eggshells wafted up as I relit the stove with the long reach matches from our landlord Mary Alice. A few years ago, when we woke up to the unpleasant smell for almost a week straight, we had learned the pilots tended to get blown out by gentle breezes. Now, this little piece of knowledge was to get filed in the “no longer useful” category in my brain, along with bits like how to keep the sink and tub drains draining (never use without at least one trap), when to change the screens out for the storm windows (earlier than you think; the days quickly get cold), how to avoid the water hammer (turn the water on more than you think you need), how much to turn down the heat (a Pendleton and a down comforter were musts), how to stay cool when the power went out in the summertime (good luck… meditation?), the trick to shutting the front door (humidity dependent), which outlets dropped cord prongs from them like leaves in fall, and which appliances tripped the breaker if used in concert.

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Party War

Party War

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Banner

Banner

Please note the occlusal “amalgam” on the “A” and gold crown on the “S”.

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Doctor Siblings

Doctor Siblings

Mrs. DDS

Mrs. DDS

Doc Sis

Doc Sis

Caught!

Caught!

Official Document

Official Document

Doctors Micek

Doctors Micek

Me and Brandon

Me and Brandon

Hood

Hood

Dr. Baisden and Dr. Rohrer were our elected “hooders” — those who place the hood over your head, signifying your degree.

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Family

Family

Made It

Made It

Funny

Funny

Ready for Graduation

Ready for Graduation

Here It Is

Here It Is

Sharpen

Sharpen

I set the camera settings wrong, so this picture has been heavily sharpened. I’ve heard that the new sharpener in Photoshop is unbelievably awesome and shown in this demo called “Image Deblurring”. I’ll use something like that in the future.

Lined Up

Lined Up

Made It

Made It

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