January 24th, 2006

voting yesterday was fun

Is it any WONDER I have no faith in government?!

So I wander up to Talisman Centre and head in the appropriate door and through to the lounge where the elections are being held. Get steered to my station# and present my card.

B: Bint working the polling station
Me: self-explanatory
W: woman working the registration desk, who fortunately knew what she was doing

Me: ~wanders up to booth, gives card, provides ID
B: uh, you've already voted. You're crossed off the list.
Me: No I haven't, I just got here. ~now having paranoid visions of identity theft/impersonation/etc.~
B and Me: ~more back-and-forth about how no, I have NOT voted yet, and there's no good reason for my name to be off the list~
B: Well, I'll have to talk to my supervisor then. ~wanders off to talk to supervisor, years pass, I grow a full head of gray hair, person returns to polling station~ You'll have to reregister. Just go over to the registration desk and they'll take care of it.
Me: ~inwardly~ WTH?! I have a voter card with my full name and current address on it that says "If you have this card, you're registered to vote!!! Whatevs. ~wanders over to reregistration desk, waits in line AGAIN, sits down in front of registrar, plops down card and ID~
W: Okay, here we go, your voting station is right back there, you're all set.
Me: They told me I had to reregister. Not really sure why.
W: O_o ... ooooooooooh...kaaaaaay. ~fills out new registration form, hands it to me to sign, and then sends me back to my voting station, where I do my civic duty and exit the premise AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.~

So there you have it. Instead of being in and out in 5, I was in and out in, like, 25. Bravo Elections Canada, you get a mu'fuggin' cookie. And Canada gets a frightening minority government. Stupid sheep voters. ;(
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Someone's post reminded me of my own dental woes.

I once went to my dentist because I had tooth pain. He said nothing was wrong and shooed me away. I came back several months later and he was astounded at how big a cavity I had gotten, they actually had to put a spacer (metal tube looking thing) in it because there was such a big hole. Oddly enough, this was the same tooth that hurt earlier.

Another time, I felt a hole in my tooth, this worried me and I went to see him again. He said there was nothing wrong. The dental hygenist came in and looked at me and told him I had a hole in my tooth. I then got a filling which sticks out about 2mm past my tooth. That greatly annoys me.

I had tooth pain yet again, they said I had a cavity and filled it. Tooth pain then continued. They said it was my wisdom teeth and I had to go through surgery to get all 4 of them out. Tooth pain continued, they said 'woops, turns out your tooth is dying, we're just going to have to give you a root canal.'

After root canals, they have to put a crown on the tooth, so they drill down the outside of your tooth into a tiny nubbin and cover it in coating to make a temperary crown, take molds, and send away for a real crown which is porclin covering metal. When drilling my tooth, it hurt very, very badly. I was crying because of it. They wouldn't pause. When they got the real crown, they put it in and told me to bite down to get it in place and see how it feels. CRACK! Two more weeks to get a new crown. They told me to bite down to get it in place and see how it feels. CRACK! Two more weeks. They completely filed down my crown so it lacks any sort of groove whatsoever. This is a molar, it's supposed to be nice and ridgy, having a completely smooth mound in my mouth posing as a tooth drives me nuts. Not to mention that because they filed it down so much, my tooth then dropped lower to fill in the gap.

Edit: The reason I kept going to the guy was because my mother worked there. Free dental cancles out crappy dental.