Posts Tagged With: Thoughts

Changes

I sort of fell off the face of the blog almost a year ago. NRAAM got interrupted by…life, of all things (not mine, but the bf’s), which caused us to cut the weekend short and return home for a family emergency. I was busy helping him try to deal with things until I went out to Washington to see my brother and his family (so much fun!!!), but at the airport on the way back, my dad fell and hurt himself pretty bad. He even ended up having surgery on his “fake knee” (as my nephew calls it) to drain the hematoma from the fall, and I’m still not sure that he doesn’t have some residual pain from the broken sternum when he sneezes too hard. My mom started to get sick shortly thereafter, and we’ve spent months trying to track down exactly what was going on with her, because rheumatology nonsense never gives up the answer easily, but at one point, she could barely even walk for a couple of weeks.

In the midst of all of this, what was supposed to be a fun-filled last summer up north with the bf and my other friends turned into an “all hands on deck” 6 months of putting out fires everywhere I could, never having enough time in any one place to get much accomplished.

Oh, and I was building my new house at the same time.

So I’m finally in my new house (only a few weeks late). LOVE IT. Mom and Dad are slowly doing better. Nephew is absolutely over the moon that I’ve moved to town, because I know how to play Pokemon, and because I have a spare bedroom for him to come have “sleepovers at auntie’s”. Still surrounded by boxes, but the kitchen and dining rooms are all unpacked. Get my new closets put in tomorrow, so I can start hanging clothes (and quit wearing the same clothes I’ve had on for two months…thank you, baby brother, for noticing THAT fact). And I can start dragging all of the firearms and ammo out of all the nooks and crannies that they’ve been stored in and go shooting.

There are some nice ranges down here that I’m looking forward to trying out, to see which one seems the best fit for me. My brother and nephew go to one that’s a little further away for me, but on paper, it seems to be the nicest one around. Oh, and the least expensive as far as a membership goes. I have high hopes for that.

The other neat thing about where my house is is that it’s really right in the middle of everything, yet it’s not on a busy street. The big road right behind my house runs parallel to the main drag where all the shopping is located, and there are supposedly 50 restaurants within 2 miles of my house. I think I’m going to start going to one new one a week and putting up some pics and reviews here. (Of course, that 50 includes places like McD’s and such, but hey…one a week for a year.)

Categories: Around Town, Family, Firearms, Home, Long-term Goals | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment

Getting Angry Works

I have to say that a muchly re-written angry letter to the “contact us” form of Summa Health System produced amazing results. And I would be remiss in not applauding them for stepping up and doing the right thing.

In 2015, I had individual (not group) insurance, so I spent much of the year discussing with medical entities the need to resubmit claims to the proper address. I tried to stay on top of these things, but apparently one slipped through the cracks.

I arrived home one day last week to find a letter from a collections agency for 2 (not just one, but TWO) separate bills from LabCare Plus from July of last year. When I called the LabCare Plus number to discuss it, I was told that it was my fault, that they’d submitted it once, that they wouldn’t do it again, that I needed to have my insurance company call them before they’d do anything, and that they wouldn’t remove it from collections regardless.

It took me almost 3 hours on the phone, and at least an hour with my insurance company sitting on the phone with me attempting to talk with LabCare Plus. They insisted that they’d sent me several bills initially, but that they “didn’t send out bills that were past-due” and that they “just sent them to collections”. Even though the gentleman from my insurance company assured them that they would be paid if they just resubmitted the bills, they refused to take it back from collections until it had been paid.

Because of this, I wrote my angry letter. I received a phone call yesterday from someone fairly high up at Summa Health. She could not apologize enough times for how poorly I was treated. They have forgiven the entire debt and will not even bill my insurance company at this point, and they have removed it from the collection company.

While LabCare Plus apparently needs their craniorectal inversion fixed, I can’t say enough in favor of Summa Health.

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Group Projects

I’ve never been much of a fan of group projects in school. Whether the groups were assigned or whether we were allowed to choose our own, it always seemed that there were those in every group who were determined to shirk their share of the work, absolutely certain to fail to be part of the work-in-process throughout the entire project.

I may have to change my tune. Last semester, my assigned debate partner turned out to be a winner. Not only is she a gunnie (still somewhat new to the sport), she worked hard throughout the semester on our debate presentation, and despite being terrified of public speaking, she did an amazing job during the debate itself.

This semester, the group I’ve been assigned to had a group email sent around that everyone had answered within one hour of when the groups were first assigned. We’ve agreed on who is doing what within the group without any arguments, and our first assignment was turned in 2 days early. (We were also the only group that managed to have all of its members complete another unrelated assignment fully and on time according to the syllabus!)

While I still think that there are many kids in my classes that need to grow up and start functioning as adults (given that the program I’m in is supposed to be a master’s degree mainly for working adults), there may be a few more who are a bit further along than it originally appeared.

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Happy Christmas to All!

Matthew 1: 18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

May you all have a happy and blessed Christmas and a joyous and rewarding new year!

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PSA: USAA Phishing

Just a warning to my friends out there who have USAA…

I woke up to a very good phishing email this morning. If I’d been just slightly less (or more?) caffeinated when I read it, I might’ve done something stupid.

It read something about needing to update my profile, so please click on the link.

I’ve gotten those from USAA before.

It had the Security Zone, but it didn’t look quite right. And the graphics were just a wee bit (and I do mean wee bit) fuzzy. The address at the bottom of the email also wasn’t the traditional San Antonio, TX address.

That’s it. Those are the only things that clued me in that it wasn’t right and proper.

I’ve sent it along to USAA. I trust that they’ll get it shut down. But in the meantime, do be careful, and spread the word.

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Health Care

It’s that time of year again… No, not when the days get shorter (ok, they are). No, not when the weather gets colder (ok, it is). No, not when the stores start putting out the Christmas decorations even earlier this year (and yes, they are).

It’s time to sign up for health insurance. In past years, it’s been easy. I just looked at the options my hospital gave me, made sure I didn’t pick the stupid choices, and *boom*, I was done.

When I got terminated at work due to the disability in February, I had to venture into the marketplace to find my own health insurance. It was a bit stressful, but it was a lot cheaper than paying COBRA costs, and it was accomplished without tearing out my hair.

It’s actually been more stressful having the insurance, because no one seems to understand that it’s individual insurance (not group insurance), so they send the bills to the wrong address (despite the correct address being right there on my card), the insco says, “We’ve never heard of her. DENIED!” and then whoever tries to bill me for the entire amount. Pretty much every single medical bill since February.

I figured it might not be too bad to renew my health insurance today. Just check the marketplace to be sure that nothing much had changed and proceed.

But wait… My state no longer offers any Platinum plans. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

The next best option is the Gold plan, with my same insco (because none of the others cover my main docs), which is almost exactly the same plan as I have now for exactly (to the PENNY) premium every month.

With one small exception.

My deductible goes from $750 to $1000. And my out-of-pocket maximum goes from $1500 to $6850.

Yes. For no savings in the monthly premium, my deductible increases by 1/3 and my out-of-pocket increases by over 350%. I hit that $1500 pretty fast this year, too. Not looking forward to next year.

Thanks, Obama.

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Please Don’t Fling Me in that Brier-patch!

The culmination of one of the classes I’m currently taking is a formal debate on a current topic in public health. We were given a long list of topics to choose from, to rank our top four or five choices, as to what our interests would be for debate topics. From there, the professor was going to pick the top four and assign each of us to a topic and to a side of the topic (affirmative or negative). And she had warned us ahead of time…NO SWITCHING.

Needless to say, I ranked all of the topics to do with firearms as my top choices.

The list of topics and teams was handed out yesterday.

The topics are:
— Community programming and education should be increased to address overweight/obesity;
— School-based violence prevention programs should be used to prevent bullying;
— Texting and mobile phone use while driving should be banned; and
— Firearm registration and licensing of firearm owners should be restricted to reduce firearm deaths.

I’m on the team which is to debate on the negative of the firearms topic.

Please, please, don’t fling me in that brier-patch!

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Remembering

It was a day when everything stopped.

I’ll never forget that morning, 14 years ago. Few things can bring the daily business in an ER to a screeching halt, but the pictures on the TV that morning did. Even the patients and their parents were glued to the TV screens in the rooms, minor (and some fairly major) complaints forgotten. Everyone horrified, near tears. It took several hours before things got back to normal, and even then, every TV was tuned to the news for the rest of that day and for several days after.

I don’t think the world is a better place today, despite all that the government keeps trying to do for (and to) us. I don’t think it’s safer. I don’t think tomorrow is brighter. I don’t spend every day obsessing over the future, but I do try to make plans for it, because I don’t think what’s coming is going to be pretty.

But I’ll never forget that morning and how everyone came together for a time.

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Knock… Knock…

Wow… I still have a blog! Dunno if anyone’s still listening or not, but hi!

School has started. Finally. I’ve got to quit all of the running around and visiting friends and having fun blowing off responsibilities that I was doing all summer long (hey, why not? one last summer free of responsibility!) and buckle down now.

I’m taking 3 classes to start. Two of them are the “required” core courses that I’ll be taking in concert with everyone in my class; the other is an elective. Public health in general seems to be rather oriented towards social justice and the ideals espoused by the left. It’s going to be interesting to see how I fit in (or rather, how many ripples I stir in the pond).

On the first day, the program director wanted each of us to give an interesting fact about ourselves as we were introducing ourselves to the room. I chose to share that my hobby is long-range target shooting. I figured I might as well put that on the table, right up front. I’m pleased that no one shrieked or fainted. And when the girl next to me said that she has a 3rd degree black belt in judo, the program director said that she wasn’t going to be afraid with the two of us around. I’m thinking this maybe won’t be so bad after all.

Of course, then I open my biostats textbook, and right there in the introduction, the author starts using statistics about deaths from firearms in his very first example. *sighs* It’s going to be an interesting couple of years.

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Behaving

I often joke that I always behave…that sometimes, I just behave badly.

Over the weekend, though, at the NRAAM, I was witness to one of the more egregious episodes of truly bad behavior that I’ve seen in a while. Most people seem to understand that they need to keep their clothes on in public situations, especially when removing them (either partially or completely) will reflect poorly not only on them but also on others, but it seems that there is at least one person who has not gotten that memo.

In the Press Room at NRAAM, I was sitting at one of the tables near the middle of the room when I looked up to see Robert Farago, from The Truth About Guns, stand up behind the table in the far back corner of the room. He lifted his shirt, unbuckled his belt, unzipped his jeans, and pulled his jeans about halfway down his hips. He then tucked his shirt in, pulled his jeans back up, zipped them up, and buckled his belt once again.

When confronted about this, he was unrepentant and didn’t seem to care that he had just partially exposed himself to a roomful of people. As a female, I was very offended by this, by his callous disregard for anyone else in the room at the time. As a blogger who is very much for gun rights and the 2nd Amendment, I was horrified by his actions; had there been anyone in the press room at the time who was looking for something to negative to write about, his choosing to act like that in public could have provided exactly what they were looking for. And as a member of the NRA, I was insulted that someone would be so ill-mannered as to do that in a room full of people.

Given who it was, however, I supposed I shouldn’t be surprised by his bad behavior and lack of concern for anyone other than himself. He certainly has a past history of misconduct in the blogging world, to the point of being boycotted by many bloggers. This latest little trick of his will certainly earn him no new friends.

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