When I first moved to Denver a co-worker referred me to a dentist. From my office in the DTC it was about a 15-20 minute drive. Not too bad for someplace you only go twice per year. In the Spring of 2007 I started working downtown. Now this dental office was 22.9 miles (at least a 30 minute drive pending traffic and weather) from my house and a similar difference and time from my office. Still, it was only twice a year, so what's a 30+ minute drive? Why bother making a change?
Today there was the added bonus of rush hour traffic and inclement weather. It took me an hour to get to the dentist. While my car was going 2 miles an hour on the Dam Road (the actual name), I thought that this was probably the kick in the a** that I finally needed to change to a dentist closer to home or to work. Although I called the dental office to let them know that I was running late, I got there 20 minutes after my appointment time and there was not time for them to get me in before the next patient. The next appointment I could get was in mid-January. They offered to put me on a wait list so that I could get a call with any last minute cancellations. But with the office being so far, that wasn't a feasible option.
Bottom line, the hour wasted in snowy traffic was what I needed to make a change. This will save me up to an hour of driving time and gas at least twice a year. I can think of a lot of other things I can do with an hour rather than drive to the dentist.
Maybe I can divide that hour up and floss more often so that my new dentist gives me a gold star.