One gets the sense that the Ghosts of yesterday, Keep the Dreams of Tomorrow Alive in Jerome, Arizona. Sitting at 5000 feet, the small town is literally built into Cleopatra Hill and overlooks the Verde Valley in Northern, Arizona.
The town was once a thriving mining community which excavated gold, silver and copper from the bowels of the earth below it. The community grew quickly as many followed the money to the mountain town. As it goes with many boom towns, history dictates a quick rise and early fall to the community. In the early 1900s, Jerome was a thriving city made up of several churches, hotels, saloons, miscellaneous businesses and gambling halls. At its height, Jerome once supported a population of more than 14,000 residents. Mining operations began to decline in the area in the 1920s and by the 1950’s, no more than 100 individuals called Jerome home.
With conviction a town once dead can discover new life. The fires, sink holes and industrial economic upheaval could not ruin the Town of Jerome, and from the ashes rose an eclectic renaissance where the community now thrives. Tourism, artistic endeavors, and ghost hunting is now the basis of commerce in Jerome.
What is most interesting about Jerome, is that the City does not hide from its tumultuous decline. The remnants of brick buildings once burnt down now serve as landscape for recently completed artwork; their masonry shells protecting and showcasing individual skills of those who now reside in the area. If you’re in the vicinity, it worth visit. If the reported ghosts that haunt the town don’t get you, the winding mountain roads and scenery surely will.
No One likes the dentist. Even when you have perfect pearly whites, the trip to the dentist is still uncomfortable. It’s bad when the dentist whips out the drill to do some enamel fabricating. The worst in my experience is the tooth extraction, at this point just knock me out.
I feel bad for the dentist and the dental hygienist. They have a tough job and should get more credit for what they do. How many people brush their teeth and use mouth wash before their dental exam? It’s a fair question. How would you like to go to work with someone less than ½ inch from your nose breathing into your face with bad breath? I can’t deal with my own breath when I wake up in the morning let alone someone else’s halitosis all day long. It does not stop there. They have to live in constant phobia of getting one of their fingers bit off by some yahoo with an Oral Reflex Response Disorder or ORRD for short (I just made up this medical condition but I am sure it exists). It’s all fun and games until some whack job with bad breath bites your index finger off because you touched their tongue. Life changes when you lose a digit and it’s not for the best.
I have a theory to improve your Dental Experience, at least it works for me. Have you ever noticed that in life, it’s never about you? When is the last time you have had all the focus completely on you in a beneficial way? Think about it, when you are at a restaurant, is your server totally concentrating on you or are they multitasking? Do your kids pay attention to you during dinner after you cooked the meal and worked 60 hours a week to put food on the table. Does your cat really care that you’re alive? If you’re like me, you will find that most of the time, you are not the primary focal point of life. Here is the good news. When you go to the dentist, everyone is totally dedicated to the betterment of your mouth. A dentist or dental hygienists is not worried about random thoughts and ideas when working on your teeth because they are too concerned about your Oral Reflex Response Disorder and don’t want to lose a finger in the mouth betterment process. They are 100 Percent FOCUSED on your Oral Health. I say celebrate that truly unique focus, you won’t get it anywhere else. Yes, the whole situation is uncomfortable and can often be horrifically painful but at least you can say that the whole situation revolved around the betterment of you. That is a rare situation indeed.