I’m having a root canal done today. The last time I had a root canal was in 1987 … the reason I remember is it was about four weeks before I graduated from college. I remember it was a two part procedure and after the first part I was in pain for days. I’ve been assured that dentistry has changed in the last 20 years. I haven’t changed, I don’t know why dentistry has changed. Well they told me on the phone that a root canal is like having a cavity filled and I could go back to work (is that good news or bad news, I don’t know). What I’m really dreading is that this is going to cost me $1,000. I’m actually paying someone to hurt me. They shouldn’t be called dentists, they should be called dominatrix — just kidding — don’t hurt me, please. But the cost of dental work is really unbelievable. Last year I spent almost $4,000 on my teeth. Of course I did get a nice set of front teeth that I had been lacking for a while. Don’t believe me, look at my teeth in yesterday’s picture. You know it’s not cheap to be this good looking.