That’s what I asked my dentist last Thursday. He had. He told me that it was one of the volcanoes in the Cascade Range of Washington, Oregon, and California. Other volcanoes in the range include Mt. Shasta, Mt.  St. Helen, Mt Hood, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Baker as examples of live volcanoes that have been erupting off and on for the past 400,000 years.

As I mentioned to the doc, Mt. Mazama is one of those that underwent a colossal eruption 7,700 years ago that resulted in the creation of Crater Lake – a famous seasonal resort in Oregon. The Doc said that there were rocks the size of Volkswagens that became part of the landscape in central Saskatchewan.   

That was one big blow, I said.

I told him that archaeologists often uncover a lens of ash that can be fingerprinted by trace minerals to belong to the same volcano. That’s a good sign. Anything found below the ash layer is older than 7,700 years, and anything above it is younger.

“Why did you come in here to tell me that?” He asked. “Can’t you see I’m in the middle of a root canal?”

I thought that you might like to know, because i have a molar next to a wisdom tooth that did a pretty fair imitation of Mt Mazama over the weekend.

“Hmmm,” he said. “Does it hurt?”

“Not now, I said. But I have a feeling that if the remnant fills up with water, speculators will want to open a resort.”

A quarter of an hour later, I was in his chair while he probed the depth of my new geological landform. He took an X-Ray and proclaimed that it must have been quite a show. He also said that my tooth is legally dead, and it needed to come out on Saturday morning at 11:00.

Now I’m grieving my tooth. I took it home to donate it to the SFU Archaeology Department.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.



  1. energywriter Says:

    So glad you could turn a painful situation into a funny. Hope your mouth heals quickly.

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