Pulling Teeth at the SWUGN Summit – Baton Rouge

User group leaders often tell me that getting their members to present in front of the group is a little like pulling teeth.  Well, here's a real tooth pulling story for you…

Bobby Moore (along with Joe Rowsey) started the New Orleans/Baton Rouge SolidWorks User Group earlier ths year, and that was a big reason why we decided to hold a SWUGN Summit event in the area.  Turnout was pretty good for a first event, and everyone I spoke with enjoyed the day very much.  With one exception..

After he had presented his session, Bobby came and told me that he had a severe toothache, and needed to leave for the dentist.  Now I know a little bit about toothaches, and I've had some serious dental work as a result.  I wished him well, told him we could handle things, and off he went.

Then…he came back!

It turned out to be an impacted molar, the dentist removed it, and you could tell by the swelling in his face that it was going to hurt later.  Fortunately, he was still numb from the visit.  Bobby stuck it out for the rest of the day – now that's dedication!!

Thanks to everyone for a terrific day – Joe, Bobby, Steve – keep up the good work with the local chapters.  Ben and Tommy – thanks for coming and representing your customers.  And of course, Keri was spot on as usual.

Next stop Toronto – look out Canada, here comes SWUGN.

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
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  • http://profile.typepad.com/weewilly Corporal Willy

    Hi Mr. Doyle,
    That toothache story was quite the thing. It does happen at times and what I will be telling you here, you will not believe. I was sitting at a bar with my wife and the guy sitting down at the opposite end kept moaning, groaning and rubbing his jaw bone. He complained loudly enough to the bartender that we overheard him down the other end. Poor guy was in obvious pain from bad molar. Then I remembered something I learned from Shiatsu Class in Adult Education and called the bartender over to us. (Shiatsu is Japanese Accupunture WITHOUT NEEDLES) Shiatsu uses pressure points and life meridians but we will stop there. The point is I told the Bartender to give the guy a few ice cubes in a bar rag and tell him to rub it in-between his forefinger and thumb. This is that fleshy skin area that is in-between those two digits. Anyway, this guy reluctantly tried it and after a couple of minutes of this therapy the pain was gone. It did not subside, it was gone. No one in the bar could believe it, including me. He thought I was some kind of miracle doctor which I am not of course. I was a Construction Electrician for most of my life. I finally had to leave the bar early because the guy wanted to keep on buying my wife and me drinks. This is a true story and I hope it might help one of your readers out there that might have a toothache while reading your blog post. :) Bye,

  • Bobby Moore

    Hey Richard, Thanks for the kind words. I was happy to take part in such an event!

    Thanks,
    Bobby Moore
    NOBRSWUGN