Weeknotes 115 - Stiff lower jaw
- I didn’t want to tell my friends and colleagues that my Bank Holiday weekend plans centered around seeing my dentist and having the carpet beetles exterminated (again), but sadly that’s my life these days.
- My teeth have been hurting for a while. The dentist asked me if I grind my teeth at night. That took me by surprise, because I don’t think so? She showed me on an X ray how ground down my teeth actually are. Combined with no actual evidence of tooth decay I had to accept that maybe I do actually grind my teeth.
- This could explain the headaches and a bunch of other issues I realise might be connected. I will have to try sleeping with a mouthguard and releasing my jaw muscles to see if it helps. I’m even suspecting that some of my speech / elocution issues might be caused by my stiff jaw. Because I can pronounce vowels correctly when I consciously relax my mouth. I’m nearly 35 and I’m only now realising this? It’s embarrassing.
- I love Tony Hawk (or, as we call him in the household, Tony Hawkstingston) and this interview with him is lovely. He’s just such a cool normal guy? I hope one day I can be so at ease with myself.
- A friend sent me a book about investing. One of the early chapters suggests you should research companies you spend a lot of money with, because maybe they are good investments if they made you into a loyal customer. I looked into Fender and found out is privately owned. I don’t know why I expected it to be public.
- I started learning ASL by accident. Well, through watching Fitness+ workouts. All the instructors say things like “well done”, “are you ready”, “see you next time”, etc in ASL in addition to saying it out loud. It feels really cool because I’m not trying to pay attention, it’s just something I am absorbing through exposure. It makes me wonder how cool it would be if everyone was signing all the time. Audio cutting out on video calls would be less of an issue, you could sign things without getting everyone to unmute, and it would really help in pub convos when I can never make out what people are saying anyway.