Platinum Tortoise Club
- Aug 9, 2018
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Can you take your Dodge? With a friend? They'll probably only do X rays and stuff at the first appointment though.I have a dentist appointment tomorrow. It's a new dentist, one that's closer to my house, and I'm obsessing a little - will I be able to find it? What time should I leave? Will I like him? Will it hurt?, etc. etc. And that got me to thinking about when I was a kid.
I grew up in San Francisco, and I was a 'kid' about 70 years ago. We lived at the far southern end of San Francisco, across the street from the Cow Palace. I had to take a bus to school (elementary school) - not a school bus, but the regular SF Municipal bus. It took about a half hour to get to school from my house.
So, back to the dentist. I don't remember anyone ever going with me to the dentist, who was in downtown San Francisco. I would get on the bus down at the corner, ride that bus up to Mission Street (about 15 minutes), transfer to another bus that went down Mission Street to Third and Market (almost to Fisherman's Wharf), then walk several blocks in down town San Francisco to the dentist.
Times have sure changed. I don't think there are any places in the U.S. anymore where an elementary school age kid could go by himself on the city bus, transferring to another bus safely.
By the time I was in high school I had to transfer busses twice before I got to school. . . over an hour.
I've never been on a bus here in Clovis/Fresno. But the busses here have a whole route they follow, taking one all over the city. The busses in San Francisco just go straight up one street, for miles and miles.
Going to a new dentist has dredged up all sorts of memories from my past. Do you all think I'm going to live through this new experience? We'll see. . .