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So This is Arkansas: The ugly story of how I appeared in a music video

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And ugly is truly the word for it. Sadly, the term applied to me. And yet, I feel a certain sense of pride over the whole situation.

Over the decades I have not always treated my teeth with the respect due them. True, I never smoked or chewed tobacco, but in the 70s I took speed to get through the school/work day, and ground my teeth to a certain extent.

Because of a slight overbite, this also contributed to grinding my teeth at night. Two or three of my teeth went went MIA over the years.

As a result of my youthful dental misadventures, today I have a mouthful of implants - which I have written about before - but in addition to the money, my dentist benefited from my oral misfortunes in another, even more creative way.

How so, you ask, Jaded Reader? Well, my dentist - an altogether cool guy - used shots of my former condition (along with the mouths of others) in a music video he prepared for a conference he attended in Holland.

The title?

“So This is Arkansas.”

I am now an international music video star; eat your heart out, folks with actual talent. Okay, part of me is. But I’m sure it made quite an impression on the folks at the conference.

Did I mind? Hell, no. I mean, it wasn’t like they showed my face or anything. I’m not shy around a camera, but sometimes you don’t really want your face shown.

Still, I’m on a music video . . .

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Today’s Soundtrack

Bouncing around in my chair today, listening to Gaelic Storm’s CD “Special Reserve.”

You need to buy this one for yourself. Then but it for someone else.

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Now on YouTube: The Best of the Neon Girls

In 1996 it was my very great pleasure to videotape the Neon Girls, a talented musical duo, who appeared at the University of Arkansas. It remains among my personal favorites of all the things I have taped over the years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmgnbwi2zYg

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Quote of the Day

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. - G.B. Stern

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