Brace Yourselves - 09/24/13

  I didn't need braces when I was a teenager but I can't say that anymore.  For the past several years I've been watching my teeth shift.  The top have been more problematic than the bottom.  

  It got to the point I was more than a little self-conscious about it.  I didn't discuss it with anyone other than my wife.  I had actually stopped smiling quite as much, which is hard for me, for fear someone else would discover my little problem. 

  About two months ago I broke down and went to my dentist to seriously explore my options.  He sent me to a colleague who specializes in orthodontics.  The answer for me is something called invisilign.  They're like personalized whitening trays with a snugger fit.  I change the trays every two weeks.  I'm about six-weeks in and feel good about doing something to fix my smile.  Only about 18-months to go. :)

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

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SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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