Getting to the root of it.

Yesterday was a strange one. I headed into my dentist to get a cracked crown replaced. So they put me in the chair and started prepping me, giving me a ‘cold’ test to see if the tooth was feeling cold. I didn’t feel the cold on the tooth in question but they went ahead and numbed me up and took some x-rays. It is really amazing what those digital x-rays can capture . I had a lot of x-rays that day.

The dentist decided that the lack of cold response warranted another look and they took x-rays below the tooth only to find – an abscess. Since I was already numbed, their office found an endodontist that could provide me a root canal that day. I scurried on down to the endodontist and then went through a root canal procedure . Getting the numbing shots at that point was a piece of cake since I was already comfortably numb.

So they drilled out the roots, breached the abscess, and began to drain it, but I will need to wait 4 weeks for everything to heal up so they can finish. And then I can get my crown replaced.

It was good that the dentist recognized that something might be wrong when I didn’t respond to the cold test. I had not been feeling a tooth ache or swelling, so I have no idea how long the abscess had been there. Putting a crown on top of an abscessed tooth  would really be a waste of money since it would all have to come right off.

I do wish dental work was included in our overall health insurance plan but I guess that will have to wait for another administration.

Nutrients in tea

I am trying to find out more on the nutrients in tea, since I drink quite a lot of it, and I am running into a confusing issue. My tea bags weigh in at ~2.2 g per bag.  From one source, I am seeing that would be about 22 mg of potassium per gram of tea.  So, 2.2 g per bag would be ~50 mg of potassium per bag.  I have always thought it was supposed to be 1 bag per cup. My tea bag box says 1 serving makes 8 fluid ounces per bag.  I stretch it a bit and use one bag for ~ 14 ounces of boiling water in my travel mug. But, I figure that I will get all 50 mg in my cup.

Then I come to a site like this that presents the nutrition information for tea in fluid measures. Here they are saying 100 ml of brewed tea has 88 mg of potassium. Does that mean they used 2 tea bags to brew 100 ml of tea? 1 cup of brewed tea is 240 ml and it has 211 mg of K. (K is the atomic abbreviation for Potassium). Did they use 4 teabags to brew a cup of tea?

So, if the tea bag has a finite amount of K and water shouldn’t be adding anything to the mix, why does a cup of tea have so much more K than the bag.

And it isn’t just this site. Most of the sites I have seen seem to have a lot more K  per cup than in the bag.  No, actually, they seem to be all over the place.

Fire Weather Zones

I had not realized that there are Fire Weather Zones to help isolate the areas that may be affected in weather alerts.

From a County Commission Ordinance I have this description for our local zones.

“Fire Weather Zone”: Any one of three fire zones within El Paso County that have been determined by the National Weather Service based upon elevation and weather patterns associated with the fuels and terrain located within these elevation ranges. These include: Fire Weather Zone 221, western El Paso County consisting of the Rampart Range and the mountainous region west of Colorado Springs and Highway 115; Fire Weather Zone 226, northern El Paso county east of the Rampart Range and generally north of Highway 94; and Fire Weather Zone 227, southern El Paso County generally east of Highway 115 and south of Highway 94.

Looking at a map of the zones I can’t tell if I am in Zone 221 or 226, since I am at the base of the Rampart Range. Either way, if fire is an issue in either of these zones I will endeavor to mind the flames.


Looks like things are progressing in Colorado Springs. From Gary, a friend-

Events for Progressives in Colorado Springs

Tuesday Feb. 7 10:30 at Senator Cory Gardner’s Co. Springs office

Tuesday Feb 7, 5:30 Together Colorado Springs meeting, Stargazer Theatre

Friday, February 10 Colorado Springs Feminists 7:00 PM
“Are Human Rights Women’s Rights”

Saturday, Feb 11, 2:00 PM First Strike Theatre at Seeds Cafe.


Tuesday Feb 7 10:30 AM- 12pm
102 N. Tejon Ste. 930, Colorado Springs, CO

Join us in visiting Senator Gardner’s office to resist Trump! We’ll arrange to speak with a staffer about what ever topic has your blood boiling that day. Last week we had almost 100 people gathered on the sidewalk, and cycling through the office in groups of 10.
While waiting for our turn, we’ll keep the street active with sign waving and Chanting. Bring a drum, a whistle, a small flag to wave, a list of great chants you have been hearing.

Tuesday, Feb 7 5:30 PM, Stargazer Theatre 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, near Pikes Peak Street.

Announcement meeting for new non-partisan Political Action group, “Together Colorado Springs” (TCOS). Founded by CS Independent creator, John Weiss and several liberal community leaders, the group planned to have a paid staff helping to get progressive and liberal causes toward the top of local agendas.
There will be music, powerful speeches and other entertainment. They are asking $30 per person admission, but also promising that no one will be turned away if they can’t pay that amount.

Friday, CS Feminists “Are Human Rights Women’s Rights”.

Hosted by the Colorado Springs Feminists 7:00 PM
Private Residence 2727 N. Tejon , Colorado Springs,

Why do we fight for “women’s rights” if they’re encompassed by broader “human rights”? We’ll kick off the second installment of our Discussion Series with this question, and peel back the layers of these terms and their implications. No need to have attended the first installment to attend this one! Optional readings to inform the discussion are below.

Optional readings:
“Women’s Rights are Human Rights” Hillary Clinton, 1995, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

“Are Women’s Rights Human Rights?” by Rosie Walters, 2013, available at


Saturday, February 11, 2017 2:00 PM Seeds Community Cafe

109 E Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO (edit map)

Co. Springs’ own “First Strike Theatre” will present a lively and funny show feature local actors,
and custom written songs to fit our current political mess. They will do 2 shows, 2:15 and 3:15 . The event is Free. They might ask for donations??
The event is to “Celebrate” the birth day of “Raw Toos”, a non-profit that encourages turning guns into useful items that don’t kill people. There will be two performances, at 2:15 and 3:15 on Saturday, Feb 11 at Seeds Community Cafe at 109 E. Pikes Peaks. Its a small place, so place to arrive early.
If the drumbeat of bad news has been getting you down, come to this show and spend some time laughing about Mary Springer-Forse’s unique way of writing, and singing, about our current mess.