Editorial Notebooks

Tales about Winter Break

I bet everyone is thinking that I am going to write about what I did during winter break for this notebook. Well, if you had bet money on it, you would have won yourself some extra spending cash, I am indeed going to articulate my wonderfully unexciting winter break. Nah, I’m just kidding, it was mildly interesting, otherwise I wouldn’t have anything to talk about when I come back to school and everyone would be super disappointed, right?

First off, there were those fun reunions with friends that I haven’t seen for a whole semester; I looked forward to this especially as I am one of those from all the way across the U.S. and live in Portland, OR. These reunions brought the usual exchange of “How was your school year?,” “What are you going to do for winter break?,” “How long are you here for?,” and “Wasn’t N.Y. cold?” It always happens; I’m used to it. I like fast forwarding/skipping this part and getting to the fun and games portion.

Then, of course, there are the obligatory reunions you have to go to with your family. They may be obligatory, but in a sense they are fun, I think. But the upside to those is the free food at good restaurants. True, if you happen to be Chinese and a girl at the same time, they may be annoying and pester you about your grades, how long until you graduate, what are you going to do, do you have a job, do you have a boyfriend yet, and would you like me to set you up with someone? Yeah, those happened and more.

The most awful part of my winter break is that I had to go to the dentist. The whole semester I was here at RPI I have been dreading going to the dentist for winter break. I knew I would have to go back for a cleaning, but there was also the possibility of me having to have my remaining two wisdom teeth pulled. I had one pulled right before I returned to school in the fall and that was not fun, I had no wish to repeat the experience so soon. Then my parents told me I had to get a crown for one of my molars. I thought wonderful; this just puts the icing on the cake for winter break.

Inevitably I went in to get the cleaning and the crown. Yuck. I have no feasible way of expressing how much I hate the dentist, no matter what it is that I have to go in for. Some could say that this hate for the dentists originates from my fear of dentist visits. Which is no surprise as something always goes wrong and I have to get it fixed whenever I go in for a cleaning. But the last time I went in for a cleaning during the summer, I had to get fillings, and afterwards they told me that I had to get a crown on one of my teeth. Since I had to go back to school and have to get a wisdom tooth pulled, I had to get it done during winter break.

Thus, I end my wonderful winter break that has been filled with sleep, peace, and quiet, and significantly warmer weather by having to go to the dentist to finish getting the crown right before I go back to RPI. What better way could there have been to end the break? Other than perhaps sleeping another day or so and not having to go through the pain of giant needles being poked into your gum along with the drills, I don’t see anything else quite as “exciting.”