Jury Selection & Softball Practice

This morning, at 8:00am, Diane was at the County Courthouse for jury selection indoctrination. I was left home. Alone. I as instructed to sit quietly until she either called or returned. This presented a complication because I had a dentist appointment at noon and no way to get there until Jennie brought me a vehicle. I could have used the lawnmower, I suppose, but that would have made Diane cranky. So, I just sat there. Thankfully, after a couple of hours, Diane returned with groceries. Shortly after that Jennie showed up with the alternate transportation which we no longer needed because Diane was home and available to drive me  to my appointment.

I don’t know why I’m sitting here typing this because a trip to the dentist isn’t all that exciting unless they yank something out of your mouth, which they didn’t. I was just there for my cleaning. At one point, with my mouth wide open, my saliva glands spontaneously let loose and sprayed my face and my hygienists mask. Good thing she had it on, but she didn’t think anything about it. In fact, she shared with me that she and her friends used to spit on each other in that manner, when they were much younger, and they called it “gleeking”. Finding this very interesting, as I do things of this nature, I checked it out on the internet and, guess what! Gleeking is real. It’s the action of projecting saliva out of the submandibular gland upon compression by the tongue. Give it a try. Then clean the mirror.

Here’s more information from Wikipedia, and I quote:


Gleeking involves the mouth,tongue, and submandibular gland (#2 in diagram)

Gleeking (also gleetinggeekinggleepingglarfingglittinggleakingglickingglythingglandinggeezingyangingcobra spitting) is the projection of saliva from the submandibular gland upon compression by the tongue.[3]

In general, gleeking occurs when an accumulation of saliva in the submandibular gland is propelled out in a stream when the gland is compressed by the tongue. The stream of saliva is released in the general direction of the front of the mouth. If the mouth is open the jet may project several feet. Gleeking is more likely when the salivary gland has been recently stimulated, but even a residual amount of saliva in the gland may be released by gleeking.

Gleeking may occur spontaneously due to accidental tongue pressure on the sublingual gland while talkingeatingyawning, or cleaning the teeth. Gleeking can also be induced, for instance, by pressing the underside of the tongue against the palate, then pushing the tongue forward while simultaneously closing the lower jaw and moving it slightly forward; or by yawning deeply and pressing the tongue against the palate. Practice is usually required to induce gleeking consistently, and induction is more likely to be successful under conditions of salivary stimulation.

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Then, this evening, Diane made me change out of my jammies, which I donned upon return from the dentist so I could rest, and eat my tacos from Taco Bell, so I could go catch pitches for Lydia at her softball practice. It was in the High School gym. Lyd, me, and her coach were the only ones there so she got some one-on-one instruction. She’s the designated pitcher on her team and will back up at 2nd base. She’s learning a new method so is having a little trouble finding her release point, but slams a hard one in about every 3rd pitch. It’s getting better and we can’t wait to watch her team play. It’s handy because they play at the field at the bottom of the hill from our house. We could walk there, but we won’t because it’s all uphill on the way home.

That’s all I have.

2 thoughts on “Jury Selection & Softball Practice

  1. I will be gleeking on Tuesday..thats so cool….cant believe there is a name for that. Cant wait to tell my dentist im going to gleek him on Tuesday. Take care you 2…Linda

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