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Why Am I Such A Procrastinator?

September 28th, 2009 . by Tim Babb (TANcast's #1 Host/Editor Fan)

30 Days and 30 Blogs: Day 28

I finally called to make an appointment with an oral surgeon today to get my top two wisdom teeth removed. My wife will be happy because I have been putting this off for quite some time…as in, over two years. That’s a year per impacted tooth!

The thing is, I don’t have a good reason for putting it off. When I put off making the bed, that’s because I have no desire to make the bed. It’s the same for doing the dishes, taking out the garbage, or watching “What Not To Wear,” I’m putting those things off because I’d rather not do them (in the latter case, I’d rather do everything else on the list 2 or 3 times before that.) The great thing about procrastination is that sometimes if you put something of long enough…you don’t have to do it at all. So, really, you didn’t procrastinate, you won!

But with the wisdom teeth, that is not the case. I would like these things removed. In fact on of them has cracked to the point that it has a sharp edge that stabs my cheek whenever I bite…or talk…or yawn…or move my mouth in the slightest. So you would think I’d be Johnny-On-The-Spot with the appointment , but now. I let it go for more than 2 years. And I’m not one of those guys who has a fear of the dentist. I have a fear of dental bills, but that’s hardly the same.

I thought I just procrastination as a means to an end…simply a way for me to put off (and sometimes avoid) things I don’t want to do. But apparently, I actually enjoy procrastinating (like writing this blog instead of fleshing out a new joke). That’s a little scary. Not only do I have an inexplicable enjoyment for the act of procrastinating…I apparently value it more than my own physical well being.

This can’t end well…

3 Responses to “Why Am I Such A Procrastinator?”

  1. Geoff Says:

    I’m pretty sure at least half of the human race has the same perverted love of procrastinating. I know I do.

  2. Nate Says:

    Well if you have the option for when you get your teeth out, I recommend the Twilight Sleep sedation. I took that method when i got my two teeth out and it was great, you take a pill an hour before you go in, and then when you get there they give you something else. About 20 minutes later your looking through life with fish eye lenses and feeling fine! I was semi-conscious through the procedure but didn’t feel a thing. When it was all over and the doc sat me up It all went blank and i woke up at home 6 hours later in bed. Apparently I was kinda goofy in that I was upset that I didn’t ask the dentist for my teeth back. According to my wife I was planning to make a necklace… regardless if I ever have dental surgery again i’ll pick that method again because it was great.

  3. Andy Says:

    I had a problem wisdom tooth extracted while I was ON VACATION in August.

    It went like this: I saw the dentist, he said “Hmm, that doesn’t look good…”, I said “FUCK IT! I wasn’t doing anything besides seeing my in-laws and celebrating my son’s birth. Go get that bitch, tiger!”, and it was done the next day.

    (I call my wife’s family dentist “tiger”. Don’t ask why.)

    My regret: I didn’t save the chunk of upper jaw bone that cracked off with the tooth. That would have been an heirloom!

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