7/05/2014

Six Word Saturday: All Efforts


Everything good requires so much effort. 

7/04/2014

Inarticulate

I'm quite hung up on the hows and whys of creativity these days. I can't even articulate my thoughts. To be continued.

7/03/2014

What the bitch?!



I'm going to suggest that you watch this a couple of times and just tuck the quotables in the back of your mind. You might see them pop up now and then here and it's context that makes them funny.

I'll save my general praise for Bing as a creative for another time but in the meantime if you click around and watch some of his videos (channels here and here) and like him as much as I do, maybe we can be best friends.

7/02/2014

Verizon Woes

While I'm not keen on adding to the negative cacophony about the recent Verizon outages, I'm a little flustered today. I've had Verizon's home internet service for two years and the two outages this week have been my first trouble with it.

While I'm not among those who's threatening to cancel my service, I would appreciate an immediate return of service because without internet I've been reduced to being entertained by the television like some kind of peasant.

7/01/2014

In Which I Hatch a Plan

Short version:

It's got everything to do with majour changes and culminates with me on holiday in the UK next May. 

Long version:

Forthcoming. 

6/20/2014

In Which I am Uncomfortable, or How Not to be a D*ck at the Doctor’s Office

I was at the doctor’s office again yesterday for a follow-up appointment (still asthma) when I noticed a fellow shuffle in. The conversation between him and the two receptionists started out ok but the man eventually became rather rude when he wasn’t hearing what he wanted to hear. Being somewhat sensitive to conflict (ahem, understatement), I was quite relieved when the nurse called me back at just that moment and wasn’t at all surprised when my blood pressure was 20 points higher than it should’ve been. “Are you nervous?” she asked. It felt a little silly to admit that just witnessing an uncomfortably escalating conversation had been enough to shake me. After a couple minutes she tried again and the reading was normal. 

In the interest of helping anyone else who might have business with a doctor’s office not come off as a totally unreasonable hustler, here are a few don’ts to consider based on my observations as a bit of an empath.
  • Don’t storm in wearing flip-flops, tattered shorts, a faded t-shirt, and thinking that carrying an attaché case is doing you any favours. No one’s taking you seriously, dude. 

  • Don’t hover and lean on the reception desk even after the receptionist has indicated that she’s working on your issue and will call on you when she’s done. Have a seat.

  • Don’t come in to the office knowing the correct procedures, tell the receptionist that you acknowledge and understand the correct procedures, then begin whining about the correct procedures. It isn’t the office’s responsibility to know your insurance benefits or the details of the merger between your previous doctor’s office and this new one. If you know that the new office isn’t going to be in network with your insurance until July 1st, don’t be surprised that you’d have to pay out of network prices to be seen at the new, as of yet not in network, office in June.

  • Don’t think that mentioning your business degree is going to legitimize your mistaken views on the legality of being “refused care.” (For the record, the office at no time refused to care for this guy.) It only makes it look like you learned nothing from your schooling. Be sure to name drop your university if you’d like people to negatively judge the institution based solely on your douchey behaviour. Better yet, be wearing a ratty t- or sweatshirt advertising the school that’d probably now be embarrassed to be associated with you.

  • HIPAA, and the requisite forms you have to sign acknowledging your understanding of HIPAA, is for your protection. Like for example protecting you when you’ve been a d*ck at a doctor’s office and the receptionist wants to post your grody medical records all over the internet for the world to see. Don’t complain about there being a secure procedure in place for your medical records to safely get from one provider to another when the alternative is no privacy whatsoever.

  • Don’t think that the receptionists or even the in-office management can change business procedures. If you’re smart enough to know that you’re seeing a doctor in a hospital-affiliated medical center, you should also be smart enough to know that procedures and businessy things are not decided by office staff.

I have no idea how it all turned out because the guy was gone by the time my appointment was over. I was glad to see him gone, to be honest. 

tl;dr - if you feel like being a d*ck, stay home.


6/14/2014

Six Word Saturday: Get Creative!



Make time for imagination and play