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Well, as long as I'm home on a Friday night with only the farfels, might as well take care of all the mail and cleaning and chores and stuff that's been piling up since Mick the Stone came for a visit...

The bills from the medical centers and various specialists have started to arrive; on the scale of cost-per-pound, you'd think I'd had a damn moon rock in there.  Jaysus' kneecaps, maybe I should have just have had at the damn thing with a grapefruit spoon. 

OTOH, I did a light workout today, and have sore feet but no other problems.  And two weeks of  not eating have done wonders for breaking that weight loss plateau I was bitching about.  Note to self: be careful what you ask for, some ways of receiving it are more creative than others.

Sat on an Eagle Board  Tuesday night for two interesting Scouts: both mildly learning-disabled.  Their Eagle projects were pretty basic (both of them built a table for a school), but I'm reasonably confident that the boys did the work necessary, their troops and parents didn't carry them and do the work for them.  Yes, they had help, but no one makes it to Eagle all by their lonesome.  I've had more than one Eagle candidate who obviously phoned it in, but not these two.  As I told the other Board members, if a Scout has lived up to 'On my honor I'll do my best', then I'll recommend him for his Eagle.  It felt good.

My Son has begged a boon: he and some dorm buddies are going not-so-quietly batcrap, and could use some off-campus time, in a place where the food's free, the TV's available, and there's plenty of fuzz therapy.  So tonight I cleaned the house and laid in five different types of chips and some Oreos, to prepare for the invasion. 

Off the painkillers, for good I hope.

Let the weekend begin...


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Sep. 20th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
party at your house this weekend :P

those medical bills are always a pain
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Wish it had happened, all his friends bugged out, so I took him out for dinner and he went back with a lot of chips :)
Sep. 20th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
My dad is an awesome guy! :: cuddles ::
Sep. 20th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, what a good dad. Sounds like the best kind of psychotherapy. The gang will talk about that night of mind-numbing, artery-clogging Erholung for months.

As for the bills, remember that the hospital gown was designed so that there would be at least one thing that covers less than the insurance.

I swear insurance companies operate like this:

Sep. 20th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
I would never be so rude as to use your journal for soap-boxing but I gotta say - DAYUM! I never, have never, will never, understand how the idea of universal health care can be such a damned contentious issue in U.S. politics.

Maybe it's just having grown up Canadian - but it just doesn't make sense, and doesn't seem right to me.

Good news on the Eagle Scouts. Glad to hear they did well. Honestly scouting was not a good experience for my family, but I deeply admire the work you do with them, and the honour you bring to the ideals like "On my honour, I'll do my best."

Enjoy the decompression time - even if it's the kids that are doing the decompression :)
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Is very simple. In the last thirty years, the US has been governed by two principles:

1) Government is bad.
2) Business is good.
Therefore, anything that can be done should be done by a private corporation.

First stage: an industry complains about excessive gummint regulation, and spends a lot of money to persuade people that it would better serve The People if the gummint was to bug out.

Second stage: Deregulation of the industry is announced with great fanfare, promsing that there4 will be great savings in tax dollars and great savings to the consumer as the industry competes for lower prices.

Third stage: Over the next few years, all the companies in the industry merge, buy-out, etc. until there are maybe four comapnies left that control the industry. CEOs' salaries double with each consolidation, as front-line ranks are purged to realize the new efficiency.

Fourth stage: the companies start jacking up the prices. Congress holds hearings, the company CEOS are chastised, they tell the media that gummint doesn't understand how complex the industry is, and the prices come down for three months. Repeat.

It happened with energy, airlines, cable, telephone, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. Ain't nothing they can't sell to the public as a better deal than the gummint could possibly give them.
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