The sat-nav guided me magnificently to 7-Dental for 9:00am. I'd been driving since 7:40am trying to beat the rush-hour and was pleased to find a parking space within a two minute walk of their plush waiting room.
I was to end up horizontal in the 14th and last of the theatres trying to communicate with a foreign surgeon...but trusting her implicitly. I'd been here before, which is why I was prepared to travel. They are the most up to date dental surgery I can possibly hope for and thoroughly professional.
It was a bloody but painless affair thanks to two enormous needles filled with comfort. I can't say it was a pleasant experience because it took forty-five minutes to extract (I rarely give things away without a struggle). I left with clenched teeth over blood-soaked pad crammed into a black hole.
Next stop was the small studio workshop of a stained-glass artist. I mumbled what I wanted and hope that I pick up what I thought I was communicating.
Complaint Number 1...
Why are we expected to pay £7.50 for EACH item on a prescription? This is daylight robbery but it was so funny to see Bev hold up a long queue to question it. 'Why should I pay £7:50 for Ibuprofen when I see it there on your shelf for less than £3, and why should I pay the same for mouthwash when I can buy one get one free for £2? They were nodding in agreement behind her. "We'll just have the amoxicillin thank you".
When the pharmacist came to us with the package and asked me to confirm my address, I turned to Bev, pretended to be senile and asked her where I live ....did I say pretend?
Why do they feel the need to have an address confirmed when anyone can walk unchallenged into a chemist and pay less over the counter? Pretty soon we'll have to show our passport in order to buy bread and milk. Actually, can you get amoxicillin over the counter, probably not?
Complaint Number 2...
Our new passports have arrived. Why do we have to renew it every ten years when we have a driving licence with the same information for life?
Tonight is the very first live TV political debate between the three main parties. I'm eager to see it. Perhaps they'll have something to say about prescription charges.
Martin skyped me a few hours ago. They are stuck in SLC because of the volcano-dust and have no idea when they can fly home. They are planning a trip to San Francisco if it's prolonged into next week. I hear that the volcano is even more violent since the eruption so unless the wind direction changes, they'll get their wish... but will be unable to see anything.
I think this is the first time Martin has been grounded since leaving home.