Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Name/deal? (You know the routine.) Usually, I sit on the sideline for these shenanigans, but I feel like I'm missing out on the fun, so this time I'll offer up my own back story:
In his youth, Alessandro Arrojo planned to join the priesthood, but following an adolescence of waning religious convictions and a burgeoning obsessive compulsive disorder—with a particular fixation on oral hygiene—he chose instead a career in dentistry (though he pursued this new vocation with a near monastic devotion). His profession is both a blessing and a curse, giving him the daily opportunity to exorcise his hygienic demons but also forcing him daily to confront a shocking parade of dental travesties—stains, tooth rot, gingivitis, halitosis—mediated only by thin latex gloves and a flimsy paper mask. Patients complain that he scrapes too hard but are secretly grateful that, in his intensity of focus, he makes no small talk and, consequently, requires no embarrassing mumble-mouthed finger-filled responses.
Your turn. What's his name/deal?

2 comments:

  1. Erskine Teague has taught high-school algebra and geometry for over 30 years. He has always loved the precision and predictability of numbers and enjoyed sharing that passion with his students. He is a patient, well-liked teacher, but his interactions with students — and with other faculty members — have become somewhat perfunctory in the two years since the death of his wife, Nellie, who used to iron his shirts so he’d “look nice for class.” He’s thought about retiring but has no idea what he’d do with all that free time on his hands.

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  2. Anonymous1:13 AM

    you've got him right, Slim. But he has beautiful eyes and someone loves him

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