I was at the dentist the other day, drooling onto the stylish paper napkin/bib they provide, and it occurred to me just how much it must cost to run a place like that. Sure they have normal overhead like any other business owner. They have to pay for things like employees, office space, specialized equipment, and of course the sadistic looking goggle/facemask/bionic monocle thing they wear to hide their identity, but that’s not the real cost of keeping a dentist office running.
As I sat there, helpless in that mid-evil torture chair, it was clear the real cost of keeping that place running was the energy expense of keeping the water that comes out of that little gun at sub arctic temperatures. I don’t know if they add some sort of chemical to keep it from freezing when it dips below -47 degrees, but there’s nothing like having an exposed nerve lasered with that diamond sharp stream of water.
When I finished screaming, I attempted to ask why the water was so cold, but the Novocain made me sound more like a trolling motor than a human being. I think my dentist understood me none the less, because he laughed, then told me he needed to dry the area with a little puff of air.
That’s when I was made aware of the other little pleasure of that particular office. Apparently, they had not only run their air lines through the same glacial cooling unit as their water system, they’d also pumped the pressure up to about 270 PSI. That little puff of air just about blew my eyeballs out.
Another half hour of torture and they let me out of the chair. I went by the receptionist’s desk to give her my insurance information, my checkbook, all my credit cards and my first born child. When she had exhausted all forms of payment she opened her appointment book and looked up at me with a gleaming white smile.
“When can I schedule you for your next appointment sir?”
Dentists are geniuses. Who else would we pay to torture us with so much pain? Ok, there are always lawyers and cable talk show hosts, but other than that, who else is there.
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