www.eauclairedental.com | (715) 257-4335 LIFETIME PAGES APR 2018
It’s not often that Easter and April Fools’ Day fall on the same date. In fact, the last time it happened was April 1, 1956, and it only happens three or four times per century. This rare occasion reminds me of a prank I pulled back in my younger days. I was dating a lovely girl, and her family had a unique Easter tradition: egg jousting. If you’ve never heard of this game, it’s relatively simple. There are a few variations, but the game generally involves hard-boiled eggs. Each jouster gets an egg, and the two competitors tap their eggs together until one Hard-Boiled HIGH JINKS The year after I learned about this tradition, I made some Easter eggs of my own. I colored them, as usual. But here’s the secret: I didn’t hard-boil all of them. Since I had colored them, I knew which eggs where hard-boiled and which were not. I put all my eggs into one basket (literally) and joined my girlfriend and her family for Easter. When the jousting began, I carefully selected my hard- boiled egg, and my unsuspecting girlfriend selected her not-so-hard-boiled egg. My shell cracked against hers, and I won! I’ll let you imagine the rest. But it was a good old-fashioned prank. No one got hurt, and it was all in good fun — just as any good prank should be. Of course, April isn’t just about Easter or pranks; it’s also about April showers! Though, living in the Snowbelt, I shouldn’t get too excited about the spring rain. Half of the time, there is at least one more snowstorm on the way. I’ve learned not to put away the snow gear — the shovels, brushes, boots, and gloves. I’ll wait a few more weeks before accepting that it’s truly spring. make yours last longer.
In the meantime, I’ll pass the days by dancing with my wife. On April 13 and 14, the 44th Annual Viennese Ball takes place at UW-Eau Claire. It’s a formal affair with music, dancing, and plenty of food and drink. Learn more about the event at uwec.edu/centers/vball/index.htm. My wife and I took up dancing right around the time our first daughter got married, about eight years ago, and we’ve been dancing ever since. We took a variety of lessons — from the waltz to the rumba and just about everything in between. It’s one of the pastimes we equally enjoy doing together in our downtime. As the month winds down, I’ll be going to annual dental conventions. I’m excited to learn about new products and see what’s going on in the dental community at large. I love to keep up-to-date on the many goings-on in the dentistry field, so this is one convention I don’t want to miss.
Until next time, here’s to a wonderful spring season of renewal!
–Dr. Anthony Butchert
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