My trip to Tijuana to go to the dentist.

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I went to the dentist in my town and he gave me a list of what I needed done. Two root canals and crowns that would cost me $4,400.00. I started looking at prices in Tijuana and found a couple of travel blogs that recommended Baja Oral Center in Tijuana, Mexico. I made an appointment for July 7th. We drove to San Diego and stayed by the ocean in an RV park called Campland on the Bay. That place is expensive and crowded and packed. They crowd you in close together and the place is just dirt with a fire pit and picnic table with full hookups for $100 a night and up. But it was a place to stay and I wanted to go to the beach.
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I do not go to the dentist because I am kind of afraid of going. My front tooth broke 4 years ago and it was getting shorter so I had to finally go. My husband made an appointment too. We drove to the border and parked on the USA side and walked over to Mexico. We walked to the taxi area and I gave the driver a printout of the directions to the dentist. We got there fast. They drive crazy in Mexico. It was not bad going to the dentist, it was frightful driving back to the border. There are roundabouts and everyone goes at the same time. We found the dentist office and went in. It was so hot. I was the first appointment and I guess they turn off the air conditioner on Sunday. We were hot and sweating. The dentist called me in and took a look at my teeth. He said he would bond my front tooth, it didn’t need a root canal and I needed a root canal on one of my back teeth. He would do it for $850. My dentist wanted $2,400 for that tooth. I said OK and waited to go to another office down the hall to do the root canal. That cost $300, but the crown would be $550, it would be porcelain. It was a woman dentist and it seemed like it took forever, I guess it was a couple of hours. I then went back to Dr. Garcia and he worked on my tooth getting it ready for the crown. I would have to come back on Wednesday for the crown. We got a taxi and went to Revolution street. My son wanted a big Mexican hat.
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His is black but just like this. It was like a velvet with Mexico written on it with colored strings all around the brim. He paid $35 for it. I got two bottles of tequila, you are allowed to bring back a liter per person back across the border. We got a taxi and went to the border to wait in line. It was hot and the line was so long. It was hardly moving and we stood there for 5 hours. It was just awful. I was hot and my back hurt and my feet hurt and my mouth was now hurting. While you stand there in line, there are people begging for money. Vagrant people was singing really loud in your face holding cans, shaking them at you to give them money. One guy was sitting at a keyboard, singing really bad. There was a guy on the side-walk that looked like he was dead. Cops were standing by him, lifting up his shirt to see if he was shot or stabbed I guess. They would kick him and we finally saw him breathing but he never opened his eyes. The line finally moved past him. I was so glad to finally get through the line and back into the U.S. I dreaded going back on Wednesday because I didn’t want to wait in that line again.
We went to a beach on Tuesday that we found that allowed dogs. The ocean is so beautiful. I love the waves and walking in the sand. My dog hated the ocean, the waves would come up the sand and she would freak out. A few waves came in and drenched me while I was walking along the beach. My dog got wet too.
Wednesday came and we had an appointment to go back to the dentist. My son stayed in the RV. He didn’t want to go back to Mexico. I got my crown and the doctor fixed my front tooth that was broke. It only cost $60 and it looks great. He even fixed my top one for free, it was a little chipped so he smoothed it out and bonded the edge. My husband got a bridge for the top teeth for $450. I was so happy to have my teeth fixed. The dentist was very nice. We got in a taxi and went back to the border. There was no line, it took us 15 minutes to wait in line inside the border building. I was so happy that there was no line. Do not go to Mexico on a Monday after a holiday weekend. It was a zoo. It was after the 4th of July. Wednesday was not busy at all. If you do go to Mexico to the dentist, do not go on a Monday. It is hot because they do not cool the building until Monday. It takes a while to cool down. Other than that, I would go back to have my teeth worked on if I need it. There was a lady in there, paying for her dental visit. I talked to her. She was from Texas and said she has been going to Dr. Garcia for years. She had all her teeth veneered. She said it cost her $300 to fly to Tijuana and $80 a night to stay in the hotel in Tijuana. That was less than my RV park space.
We did eat at Old Town in San Diego one night. The food was great. My son was not thrilled with the bay water to swim in. He likes the ocean better, he said the water was cleaner. This is the Campland beach. It was packed with people but the part I took the picture was not crowded.
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Weekly photo challenge: Containers

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The Weekly photo challenge is Containers.
I just got back for a trip to San Francisco, CA. We went to Boudins, the place that makes the San Francisco sour dough bread. They sell things in there too. I got this nice container to put my cream in.
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My son got a bottle of ghost pepper sauce. The hottest sauce of all. The jar label says it can kill you if you react to it badly. Wonderful…..he took a taste of it tonight. He kept saying it was so hot and burned and the burn never went away. I don’t think I would even try a drop of it.
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Art on a T-shirt

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I saw this cute picture of a bird, like an owl. I wanted to paint it on a t-shirt. I went to the store and bought a t-shirt, kind of a light gray color. I went to Michaels and bought some green Swarovski crystals. While I was there I spent another $20 on some glass beads that looked like pearls. I went home and got out my paints and drew the picture on the t-shirt. Then I painted it and glued on the green crystals for the eyes. I think it turned out pretty.
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Here it is on the shirt.
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I started watching videos on how to make a pearl necklace. You have to buy crimpers and silk string and special tweezers and all kinds of stuff. I took the beads back to Michaels and ordered a pearl necklace on Overstock.com for $28. They just came in the mail and they are beautiful. That is about how much it would cost me to make them. If I was going to make a lot of jewelry, I would buy all the stuff, but not for just one necklace.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split Second Story

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The Weekly photo challenge is Split-Second Story.
In this week’s photo challenge, capture an image that tells a full story in a single frame.

This morning I saw a sign that a store was going out of business. I drove over to take a picture for this challenge. I hate to see stores closing. I guess they were not doing well. I never went into it because it was too expensive for me.
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Dear Home Depot and others.

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Dear Home Depot, I see you have a few benches in the middle of the parking lot. I never see anyone sit on the benches, in the middle of the parking lot, surrounded by cars and shopping carts. I would love to have them in the store so when I go into the store with my husband and he looks at endless tools and boards and I get so bored waiting for him and there is never any place to sit down while I wait. If I have to go outside to sit on a bench, I will wait in my car.

Dear Kool-Aid,
I love your lemonade flavor. I had it today and it tastes like the lemonade at the mall where the girls stand there with their striped shirts and hats and pound lemons to make their fresh lemonade. I love that it only costs 10 cents at Winco. Walmart sells it for 20 cents a pack. Guess what Walmart, I am going to buy it at Winco.

Dear Food Network,
I find it disturbing that you have a cooking show called $10 dinners and the lady cooking those cheap dinners is cooking it on a stove that costs $9,000 and she has two of them in her kitchen so that is like $18,000. The blue kitchen in the 2008 shows. Melissa Darabia goes on and on about how she buys the milk that is about to expire for half the price and gets all her stuff on sale cheap. Why does she not have a stove like everyone else does. If she cooks on those stainless steel commercial stoves, 8 burners, thick grates, with two ovens, she does not need to be cooking $10 meals. She cooked her $4 pork roast in a Le Creuset cast iron pot, the big one that costs $360. (I just looked up the price.) All of her cookware is expensive and she goes on and on about how cheap her meal cost. It is not realistic for the home cook.

$3 prescription glasses

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I just ordered my son a pair of glasses for $3. It cost $6.95 to ship them. Total cost is $9.95. I buy them online. This place called Glassesshop.com sent me an email for a sale of $3 prescription glasses. Here is the link: http://www.glassesshop.com/promotion/week
He likes to stuff his glasses in his pocket at school and they get scratched up, but for that price, I don’t care. The one pair he does that with are bent and scratched and awful.
I saw the news the other day where they were giving free glasses to people. They had to wait in line for a day. This lady was so thrilled about getting new glasses, she said she could not see, her glasses got broken. She could have gotten a pair for $10 on the internet.
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The other day we went out to eat and I wanted to try a PHO noodle place. We went into one and it didn’t smell very good and the tables were dirty so we left to go find another place. My husband said he saw one across town so we drove over there and looked at the menu. The noodle bowl pictures didn’t look great so I saw this golden noodle with chicken and ordered that. The waitress brought this strange plate of food. It looked like a birds nest with stuff piled on top with chicken.
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I only had a fork, no knife and it was hard to cut and eat. It was very hard to chew, very crunchy. I won’t go back to eat there.
Saturday:
My husband saw this place called Egg Roll King and he said he would love to try that place. When we got home I looked up the number to call them to see if they had tables. I thought we could go eat there for dinner. This Chinese sounding woman answered the phone.
“Do you have tables in your place or is it just To GO orders.” I said. She didn’t really understand so she said wait. I waited and she finally came back and I asked her again. “Which one are you talking about?” I said I looked up the number and it only said there was one Egg Roll King, the one that I called. She didn’t really understand. I said again “Do you have tables?”
“What time you come, when you coming?” she said.
“I don’t know, all I want to know if you have a place to eat, sit down, at a table.”
“What time you come”, she said
I said “Maybe an hour from now.”
“Oh we have table in a hour, you come then.”
I hung up and looked up the reviews, it was rated one star and people said it was awful. We didn’t go to the Egg Roll King to eat. We went to the mall and had some chicken teriyaki in the food court.

Weekly photo challenge: Letters

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The Weekly photo challenge is Letters.
For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters.
Today we drove downtown. My husband wanted to go to this cupcake store. Went went into the store and the cupcakes were $3 each. I thought that was too much to pay for a little cupcake. We left. So we were going down the street and we saw this car. It looked like the car in Back To the Future. I got out and took a picture. Perfect for Letters. The plate said “FLUX”. It is a De Lorean flux

This is the side.
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One morning and an egg.

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Yesterday I had to take my car to the dealer. My husband said the key was hard to turn so he made an appointment, first thing Monday morning to have it fixed. I drive up to the service dept. door and it won’t open. The sign said to drive over the cord and the door automatically opens. I drove over the cord, it did not open. I back up and drove over the cord again. It still did not open. I get out of the car and go into a door and there is this long, long garage area and the service guys do not even look up, they are on the phone. They are at the other end of the long garage. I called out, “The door won’t open.” Some guy hears me and comes over and opens the door. He looked at the cord, this black think that looks like a hose, was in a crack in the concrete. “The cord fell in a crack”, he says. I got in my car and drove into the service area. I had to leave my car there to be looked at. My husband met me there in our truck. We go get in the truck and my husband said he needed to go to Pep Boys. We go to Pep Boys across town, because he wanted to go to that one. I sat in the vehicle and waited for him. When he was done I saw a McDonalds and said “Go there, I’m hungry.” He just kept driving. I wanted the $1 sausage on a English muffin. I was hungry and I had not eaten breakfast. I didn’t have time, I had to take my son to school and then go straight to the service dept. I waited forever for him to walk around Pep Boys and I wanted to eat. “Lets go try out the breakfast at Rail City casino.” They have this big sign that you can eat for $3.33 if you were born before 1964. It is a casino, not real big. We had eaten there once last year and didn’t like it, but I was willing to try it again. We were seated and I ordered to one egg, with hash brown potatoes and 2 slices of bacon and toast for $3.33. I also ordered a cup of coffee. I figured a cup of coffee was $1. I didn’t know because the waitress took the menu when we walked over to see the buffet that my husband wanted to get. They had a lot of breakfast items on the buffet. My husband had the buffet and so went to get his food. He had them make a yummy omelet, with ham and cheese and onions and tomatoes. He said “Have a bite, so he gave me a bite. It was really good. I waited a while till they brought me my order. The coffee was served in the smallest cup I ever had. I bet it was a 5 ounce cup. The food was cold. They must have made it and just let it sit there a while before they brought it out to me. I hate cold eggs or should I say egg since it was one. They coffee tasted awful. I started watching the Keno board and was marking the numbers that came up. I then told my husband to play a game with the numbers that came up a lot. He marked a keno ticket and played two games. The numbers didn’t come up. We didn’t win, we never do. The waitress brought the check. The coffee was $1.75. That made my breakfast $5.08. My husband’s buffet breakfast, which he had an omelet was $7.50. The menu said it was $5.50 because he kept saying his was almost the same cost as mine, but it wasn’t. The bacon I had was so fatty and tuff, I could not eat it. It cost $13.50 with tax plus tip. I asked the cashier why the menu said the buffet was $5.50 but they were charging $7.50. “Oh the buffet is $7.50, it is $5.50 for the players card, you have to be a silver or gold to get it for that price.” Great, I don’t have one of those. You have to gamble a lot to be a silver or gold. On the way out the door my husband went over to the $1 mega slot machine and played $3.
The wheels spun around and then the bar with a diamond came up in the middle. One flipped down on the line and one flipped up on the line. “You won!” He won $30. “Go cash out and quit playing.” He went and got his $30. The casino just paid for my yucky breakfast.

Weekly Photo challenge: On Top

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The Weekly photo challenge is On Top.

There are a lot of hawks sitting way up high in trees. I have seen them swoop down and catch birds and carry them off.
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There is a water pond down the street. It is a wetlands area. I saw a swan in it. I stopped the car to take a picture of it. It mostly had it’s head under water, probably eating stuff. I would try to take a picture when it’s head was up, but it would put it’s head back underwater really fast. I finally caught it with it’s head up and got a picture. I don’t see swans ever around here.
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There it is on top of the water.

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