Saturday, September 8, 2007

Things You Don't Want In Your Mouth

Sometimes when you have eclectic happenings in your life, it's hard to come up with a title that says it all. I think this one does.

There used to be a church in Ballard (well, actually, there are a bazillion, but this is a specific one) called the Church of Divine Man. Eventually it went belly up, and some creative artistic-type renovators bought it. It's been looking very interesting, and we've wondered what's going on inside. Well, today we drove by and noticed signs on the door saying "Come In!" So we did! They were having a yard sale of lots of fantastic stuff. The guys who own the property are obviously inveterate antiquers and thrift shoppers. We came away with some nice glass coasters ... and an antique dental drill! We totally needed one of those!

It was made by the Ritter Company of Rochester, NY. We have the C model. This is an electric drill with a foot pedal that presumably controls speed. The drill arm is wonderfully articulated, and the whole arm moves and is nicely balanced by the big black ball which I assume contains the motor. It looks like it could be from the 1930s or 1940s. I'm not sure at this point.

According to the seller, the engine works! I'd like to refurbish it so it looks nice. The enamel has been drilled off in a few places due to freak drilling accidents. The chrome or nickel plating has corroded a bit. The belt/string that connects the drill to the engine needs to be replaced, and we should probably clean out the engine. I think this will be a fun project!

Well, you may be wondering what else you don't want in your mouth? How about poop! Yes, poop. One of the unpleasant things we learned about rabbits when JoJo came into our lives, is that rabbits "chew their cud." Because they eat difficult to digest fodder, it goes through twice. However, unlike cows, it really goes ALL the way through twice. JoJo seems to really enjoy her cecotropes, and it can be disgustingly fascinating to watch. So I'll let you! Enjoy!

This was my first time using Blogger's new video upload tool. I had to agree that I was not uploading anything obscene. I hope I'm not.


Stephanie said...

ACK! MY EYES!!!!!!!!!! The poop chewing is just what you said....disgustingly interesting. :o)

What on earth are you going to do with an antique dentist drill?

Julia Pequlia said...

We're thinking of putting it in front of the fireplace with the drill poised over a skull of some sort. Maybe a replica saber toothed tiger. Or our mammoth teeth!