On Sunday, at a family dinner, I left my retainers in a paper towel and it was thrown away. I didn’t notice I’d left it until I was already home. By the time I called, they said they threw away all tissues and things because they assumed it was trash. So I asked them to check in the morning anyway (it was about 2:30 am at that time). In the morning, I called my orthodontist to ask how much a replacement costs, which they told me would be $375 to replace both upper and lower. WTF. I was not about to drop that much money. I ended up driving all the way up to Conoga Park to go dig through the trash bags. Three bags in, I found it still wrapped neatly in a paper towel. It didn’t seem to have touched any trash, but you better bet I sanitized the hell out of it before I put it anywhere near my face. Some retainer cleaner, antibacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide cleaning later, I finally felt like it was safe. I definitely got lucky that I was able to find it, I don’t know what I would have done. 2.5 years of enduring brace pain and unattractiveness and $3k would have been wasted.
Today, I got a parking ticket for parking on the wrong side during street sweeper day. Really shitty. $54.50 down the drain. I literally saw him writing the ticket it just as I looked out my window. Another $40 for gas. Money is just flying out of my wallet. June has been quite shitty for me.