10/05/2007

Bullet-ins

  • When newscasters talk about criminals, they talk about people “behind bars.” The serial killer can expect to spend the rest of his life behind bars. I think they should instead say within bars. If you’re merely behind bars, you can just walk around them and make it to the other side.
  • Some people are prejudice against others. That is, they hate them upon meeting them. This is foolish. I try to like everybody I meet. Then, as I get to know them better, I slowly start to despise them. Hating is so much more fulfilling when you have some good reasons.
  • Old Navy is the sensible man’s Abercrombie and Fitch.
  • Many people insist they don’t care what others think of them. They counsel others to do the same, that is, to care less what others think. This is nonsense. We can’t decide to stop caring what others think of us any more than we can remain indifferent to hunger, danger, discomfort, or sexual cravings. Five million years of primitive evolution requires us to strive for others’ approval. There’s a word for people who try abandoning what others think: sociopath.
  • My grandmother is visiting from Chicago. Here knee went out on Tuesday. We called the doctors’s office on Wednesday morning. We showed at the office that Wednesday at 9. We saw a specialist by 10. By 1030, my grandmother received expert orthopedic counsel and a cortisone injection. By 1045, my grandmother and I were enjoying brunch at Mimi’s Café. By Thursday evening, her knee recovered. Medicare and BBB gap insurance covered 100% of the bill. No co-pay. In a socialized medial system like the ones in Canada or the UK, the above sequence of events would have taken about 18 weeks. The bill would be the same. Taxes would be MUCH higher.

62 comments:

Maniac said...

Good story about your grandmother, and good to hear of her recovery. Stuff like that always happens at the weirdest times. I went to Honolulu for a week to work (!) and on the day of my return, I had a kidney stone episode, went to the emergency room at 8:30am after being bowled over on the floor, and I was out by noon and was able to check-in in time for my flight. Weird. By the way, don't let your grand mother have the remote to the cable box. :-)

jillie said...

I SO hear you on the health care! People don't realize how good we REALLY have it. Good thing she wasn't up there and having a heart attack. They would tell her that they would get back to her in a couple of months to see if she really DID have a heart attack. Love the opinion on whether or not really like someone after you get to know them. Never thought of it that way. As for the not caring, we ALL care! Some of us are just too stubborn to admit it...as in MOI!


Have a great wknd!

I love Mimi's ;o)

Amandarama said...

Well, it's not like sociopaths try to abandon caring about what others think. They just don't care. It's quite liberating...until the law catches up with you because you didn't care about following it. Or so I hear.

Violet said...

Random fact that really has very little to do with your actual post: I used to waitress at Mimi's Cafe.

Heather said...

Yes. Socialized medicine is not the answer.

Little Wing said...

Glad your grammie got such good care.
Grammies are special.

Hammer said...

I hate everyone until they prove me wrong. Socialized medicine should be reserved for only socialists.

Cynic with Flair said...

You are so right about having a sound reason to be "prejudiced" against someone. You have to know someone well to really dislike them, that much I know.

Hmmm, interesting that you say some people don't care what others think, and call that a sociopath. Perhaps, depending on the circumstances, but I prefer to think of it as not being shallow and self-centered (i.e., believing it's 'all about you')...good topic for a blog. Great writing, as always, LBB.

Little Wing said...

Have a great weekend!!!!

Ari said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one despising people. And true DAT on the healthcare! Anyone who doesn't believe that can just compare public and private education (and yes, I work in public education and I'm still saying that).

tornwordo said...

That last one is, if I may say, Bullshit! There's a clinic on every corner here. Last time, I walked in with no appointment, talked with the doctor, got a prescription, had it filled for FREE and all of that accomplished on my LUNCH BREAK.

don't believe every horror story you hear LBB! I live here so I speak from experience.

Also, right on with the "not caring what others think". Every time I read someone who writes that I think, "It's because they WISH they didn't care what others think of them."

Midas said...

Only in America could you find a lot of people crossing the borders by swimming the Rio Grande, get pregnant and get 100% coverage in a public hospital like Parkland. I went there as a volunteer while I was applying for MedSchool, and I swear, 90% of the patients in maternity ward does not speak English. Is that cool or stupid?

I haven't made up my mind yet.

NWJR said...

Medicare and BBB gap insurance covered 100% of the bill.

Yes, the government should definitely keep their hands off Medicare!

Oh, wait...

the108 said...

I love Old Navy because I could never afford Abercrombie and Fitch.

BottleBlonde said...

You are quite the wise one, LBB. Truly.

I've always cared about what others think of me. If I didn't, I'd walk out of the house with no make-up on, my hair a mess, and a pair of sweat pants fallin' off my ass. Thank God I care what others think, right?!

ZenDenizen said...

I don't get A&F.

Enemy of the Republic said...

So you have Chicago blood in you. I knew I liked you for more than your sardonic wit, which is always a joy to read---really, no BS.

The bar analogy is unclear--why can't they walk around? Even people who commit the most heinous crimes should have dignity in disciplinary/punishment situations, not because it is based on merit, but it speaks to us as a nation as to how we match evil deeds.

I probably care more about what people think that what I admit to, but I really don't care that much. It exhausts me.

snowelf said...

I totally care what people think. It's a part of who I am. No one has to like me, but it matters if they don't. I think it's what makes us human.

And yay that your grandma is feeling better.
Does that mean you and your fam will come visit me and the chilis when I move to Chicago!?!? :)

--snow

Sassy Blondie said...

I don't necessarily not care what others think of me...I care more about what I think of myself. Perhaps I am a sociopath.

Socialized medicine? I think not.

I'd rather have a beer with Old Navy than anything else with A&F. Pretentious is never pretty.

Your explanation of prejudice? I concur.

ciscobaby said...

I was in Abercromie yesterday. I found a really adorable stretchy headband. Cute color. Fit snuggly about my cranium.

Upon checkout, the gum-snapping 12-year old ringing me up commented on my purchase, "I love this," she said, "you never know when you're going to need a flirty little skirt!"

Chunks said...

There's certain people on this earth that I care about and care what they think of me. Everyone else? They can like me or leave me, I don't care.

The Canadian health care system is not perfect but it does work. Torn is right. He cares that I think that too. :)

Ashley said...

Old Navy is AWESOME!

I agree with everyone cares what people think of them! I have a friend though, that cares way way too much. Of course I care, but at the same time I live by, other people's opinions of me are not my business. I feel that my friend cares so much that it is going to hold her back from a lot of chances in life. She won't take them for fear of failure...craziness! I've failed and had to pick myself up many times, such is life!

I am glad your grandmother is ok! Crazy how that stuff happens at the worst time!

NWJR said...

I really should leave this alone, but I can't help myself"

From medicarerights.org: "Medicare is the federal government program that gives you health care coverage if you are 65 or older, or have a disability, no matter what your income."

So...Medicare (United States-sponsored "socialized medicine", aka universal health care for old folks)=good, Canadian universal health care=bad.

There's your next chautauqua, LBB.

just me said...

Old Navy is the way to go.


also, your 'bullet form' of communicating is the most efficient i've ever seen.


...i wish that was how everyone spoke.

in bullets.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Glad granny's knee is all better. I agree with you btw on the system!

Princess Extraordinaire said...

You are so right with the health care - it is amazing that we can do what we do in such a short amount of time - I have friends in Canada who are still on waiting lists for things as important as surgery and visits for abnormal pains...

*~*Cece*~* said...

That's awesome that your grandma got cared for so quickly!

Mmmm...Mimi's. Love it!

MONA said...

within bars? Is there so much space inside a bar???

I agree & also disagree. Hating maybe better with a reason but hating is not good. Now I am wondering...how does one have a comparative [ better] without a positive[ good] degree!

Actually I do care & I also Don't. It is a relative factor as to WHO is one thinking about me!

I love the way your medical insurance work. In India I would have knocked off my second knee too running about trying to prove to them that the first one had slipped!

Stepping Over the Junk said...

Yeah. Old Navy. Where else can you buy cargo pants for $3.00 off the sale rack??

SQT said...

I've had lots of blogger friends in Canada and the U.K. say universal health care sucks.

Sometimes I wish I could be a little bit sociopathic. Life would be so much easier if I really didn't give a damn about what other people thought. But the dead inside of being a sociopath isn't too appealing.

Appletini said...

I'm glad you're gma's OK.

I LOVE A&F

And yes, hating is soo much better when you have good reasons that stand behind it, and believe me my reasons are GOOD :)

J7 L7+ said...

This is an awesome blog, great writing.

The health care system in the states sucks ass. I bet you and your granma have some bread in your wallet. What about the other 95% of your country who have no money? Can't beat Canadian medicare; the dentists and the toilet cleaners can beat cancer together, because they wait in the same line. You're delusional if you think your system is better. We don't mind paying taxes, eh? Because we're not as concerned about ruling the world and getting super duper rich. I'd rather give someone my sweater than drive a Bentley.

Damsel Underdressed said...

Spending life behind bars? I'd call that a career bartender! ;)

Raggedy said...

I am glad your grandmother was able to get her knee better in a jiffy.

Have a wonderful day!
*^_^
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

qofd said...

Love the sociopath bullet-in. That's what I've been thinking for the past decade.

jillie said...

From medicarerights.org: "Medicare is the federal government program that gives you health care coverage if you are 65 or older, or have a disability, no matter what your income."

I have a close friend that has Lupus and it's going into the later stages. She can't get ANY assistance from Medicare. Her kidney's are failing "yet" so to speak and as soon as they do, they're not going to want her because she'll be too expensive to care for. She may not even make it to 65. Gotta love our government...ugh!

random moments said...

Old Navy is the sensible man’s Abercrombie and Fitch.

I totally agree. And most of it feels the same, so I wonder what exactly would I be paying that extra $30 or so for? Oh yeah, the 10 cent brand label...

SHADOW said...

"Hating is so much more fulfilling when you have some good reasons."

Well Said!

Oh great One said...

I think all doctors should have to compete for our business like those lasik surgery docs do. I want some price wars baby!

Susan as herself said...

Sometimes I long to be a sociopath.

They always seem so content.

Appletini said...

btw, I will be a licensed psychotherapist :)

Fantastagirl said...

Interesting as always - glad your Grandmother is feeling better.

mckay said...

- i was once in a play called "women behind bars". it would have been a totally different play had it been called "women within bars". maybe kinda coyote ugly instead of prison riot girl fights.

- am i a complete nutcase because i go around singing the new Old Navy song to myself? (if you are chilly...here take my sweater. i love the way you call me baby..."

- i used the term "black guy" at work talking to a black secretary. she looked at me like i just used the N word. i hate that i had to rethink my word choice. i went and asked another black guy at work if what i said was okay. he said it was cool and that most blacks need to chill. i love him.

- just thought i'd share that.

- glad your grammy is going fine. what a nice boy taking her to mimi's. your cheek needs to be pinched.

- not that cheek.

Elaine said...

You're right. It's so much easier to hate someone when you get to know them and realize that your initial suspicions that he/she is an annoying open mouth breather were correct.

Although to be fair, you don't really need to get to know a person to hate an open mouth breather ...but the only thing that tops an open mouth breather is an open mouth breather talking TO YOU.

Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

My Peanut Mom used to piss and moan about Medicare a lot...until they kicked her off of it and she now has to get her OWN insurance (which she has a VERY hard time paying for).

Now she wishes she had it back.

Glad to hear Grandma LBB is doing well! :)

Dave Morris said...

Random fact that has little to do with your original post: I knocked up a girl who used to work at Mimi's Cafe.

Crazy Me said...

I'm glad granny is all right.

Preposterous Ponderings said...

I hope your Granny's knee stays strong so she can kick your butt when you get out of line. :oD

PlatinumGirl said...

It would be nice not to care what others thought -- but I guess being a sociopath isn't a great trade-off. I know some people like that, and they are giant a-holes!

Becky said...

I agree about old navy for the sensible woman too. But I can't give up my judging a book by it's cover, being judgmental kinda suits me.

Peter said...

Glad to see you haven't abandoned the Bullet-ins Rich.

DrDon said...

Well NWJR stole my thunder but Medicare IS socialized medicine folks. So is the VA system and Medicaid. Are those U.S. socialized systems perfect? No, but neither is the current private system.

Health insurance rates has increased by double-digit percetages for the last several years. Have all of your salaries increased by that much every year? The fact is that this is not sustainable. The goal of privatized health care was to lower costs but how can you lower costs by putting a for-profit company between doctors and patients? Have doctors salaries decreased? Yes. Have my insurance bills decreased accordingly. No, they've gone up. Where's the extra money going? Hmm...I think it's going to insurance industry executives and their shareholders. Shouldn't it go to health care?

And most of you people who criticize European health care don't have a clue about what you are saying. It sounds like you're just regurgitating the sounds bites you hear from conservative talking points. The U.S. is near the bottom of industrialized countries in life-span, infant mortality, and uninsured citizens. We spend more per capita on health care than any other comparable country yet on most health indices we are doing more poorly. We take more pills, have more people on disability, and have higher rates of obesity than any society in history. Out private, very expensive health care system is really doing a great job, huh?

As for European nations, study after study shows that they meet or exceed U.S. standards in emergency care. Your grandmother would have received quick care overseas as well. Are there waiting lists for non-emergency or elective procedures? Yes, but there are here too. When I call my dermatologist for a routine exam, I often can't get seen for 3 months. In an emergency, they'd fit me in. This is the same thing that happens in other countries.

The fact is that we spend about 80% of our health care dollars prolonging life in the last 2 years of someone's existence. They are less inclined to spend these dollars in European countries. Maybe that's not palatable to us. But for those of you who can only sit and bemoan socialized medicine, what is YOUR solution? Do nothing? Spoken like a bunch of people who probably can afford health insurance, or are still on mom & dad's plan.

The current system is crushing this country. Look at the problems of automakers. General Motors is not even a car company anymore. It's the nation's largest health care provider. They just pray they can sell enough cars to meet there health care obligations.

I'm not saying socialized medicine is perfect or even the best solution but anyone who thinks the system we have now isn't broke is simply uneducated on the topic.

DrDon said...

I apologize for all the typos. Should have done a better job of proofreading.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Yep, we can't stop caring, but it's not cool to act like you care. And the medical story was spot on. Yep, but folks will fight you about the "free" services given away in other countries. Try getting a farmer to give up their subsidy. Good luck there.

Superstar said...

i guess thanks to your Grandmother, people like me have to call 3 weeks in advance to schedule anything "routine" perhaps I should just always "walk-in" in an Emergent way? HMMM

I hate Old navy...fat people can't shop there...I mean us "fluffy" people...or if you are too tall or whatever... Sorry I am not a jello mold and I don't fit a cookie cutter cut out for clothing.

Of course you are prejudice...We all are. You see the guy along the road beggin for pennies...He's probalby richer than us all! Or that "feeling" you can't shake about someone...who turns out to be a total jackazz...That is just common sense...

Good thoughts. Kinda reminds me of the "deep thoughts" segment from SNL!!!
LOL ;o)
OMG
WAIT
Andy Rooney from 60 min...LOL ;o)

Scottsdale Girl said...

Glad Gramma is ok. mmmm Mimi's has THEEEE BESTEST Cobb Salad.

Chick said...

Glad Grandma's feeling better & I like to have valid reasons to despise people too.

Loving Annie said...

Good story about your grandma. Prompt medical care is going the way of the dinosaur.

I liked the Old Navy comparison... What is Victoria's Secret ?

At least serial killers don't get to drink themselves to death while they are behind bars...I personally would wish for them to spend a much briefer time there before becoming worm food.

If you don't care what other people think, you are lying. It just depends on WHO thinks WHAT about you. If you like me, then learly, you are brilliant and your opinion is well worth considering.

MrZhisou said...

Taxes wouldn´t be higher, the US system costs more than that in the UK or Canada. The rest is true though. 18 weeks is about right.

Loving Annie said...

Happy Friday to you, darlin' --

your favorite stalker :) OOh, can I go boil some rabbits now ?
While I'm just wearing black lace stockings and stilleto heels ???
Oh wait, Glenn Close wore WHITE most of the time....

Midas said...

The sex toy, I saw a special on HBO a long time ago. I think they were promotin glass dildo. Praising it's ability to take on ambient tempetaure, much like amphibians I guess. The scientist in me is almost impress with all the "thought and research" which comes with each finely crafted dildo.

Memphis Steve said...

"There’s a word for people who try abandoning what others think: sociopath"

LOVED this!