Recently, I spoke with an old friend of mine by phone who I had not heard from for many years. Since the late seventies she has been a member of a Zen Buddhist community near Portland, Oregon. She tolled me that recently she had had a root canal done and that she had refused to take Novocain during the surgery? Her goal she said was to – transcend dental medication.
My broth-in-law, if he were still alive, would have thoroughly enjoyed the pun.