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Minding the gap

I spent a good portion of the afternoon arguing with the agent from the dental insurance company whose policy starts tomorrow (required to complete my ACA order) to try and establish my “assigned dentist.”

Good grief, I can still remember trying to buy regular health insurance (the Golden Rule plan I’d be replacing) when I first moved to Maryland and before the aforementioned “Care Act” took effect. It was a nightmare (which I don’t feel like repeating here), but was still easier than signing up for Obamacare. Seriously, 20 different policies from TWO different companies PLUS I had to choose separate vision and dental plans – why have one monthly bill when you can have three?

No, you can’t skip these two steps – I tried, and ended up delaying coverage for about 2 weeks (and being woken up by phone calls at 9am every morning for said two weeks saying “it’s time to finish enrollment” which I thought was already taken care of). #endrant

Back to my original story: apparently, there is only ONE in the entire metro Orlando area () – even though there were AT LEAST four offices within a 20-minute bus ride of me which claimed they accepted plans from that company, but nope agent on the phone insisted there was only one in-plan dentist in a 25-mile radius “…unless you want the Premium Plan.”

Seriously considered telling him to forgot it as I really didn’t want the plan to begin with. The good news is: it gives me an excuse to switch practices (which you read about in my “dental” category). The bad news is: I’m on my own for finding it… as long as I’m willing to pay “a little bit extra” for another plan… and wait a full year before true coverage kicks in (so that extracted tooth – from LAST FEBRUARY – isn’t getting capped for another year).

But, hey, at least I get to call them back tomorrow…

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Photo: What’s wrong with this picture?

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Hmm, maybe it’s the perspective.

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Confession: I didn’t watch the inauguration

I used to post moderately conservative posts on this blog back at the beginning of the primaries in 2015 so it’s kind of embarrassing to say I didn’t get to watch the inauguration. It’s not that I was “protesting” or “boycotting” it…though I was planning on checking out that whole inaugural International Festival of the Arts at Epcot this afternoon.

Unfortunately, I didn’t do either.

I woke up at 5am with a dry throat and sore stomach and after I got some water and used the bathroom I went back to bed…and when I woke up: it was 1:30 in the afternoon! Too late to do anything about EITHER inaugural event, but at least I was feeling better so that’s good.

Fortunately, I’m not worried about the Epcot thing all that much as it’s going through the end of next month (and, truthfully, the ONLY reason I’m even considering going is because I don’t want to “waste” my AP). Eh, tomorrow’s another day…

 

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Deplorable: Bloomsburg vendor has Nazi Youth, Trump flags for sale

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This is a photo from the Bloomsburg Fair (the “unofficial” State Fair of Pennsylvania). Like the people quoted in the article I stole this from, I am also from the “next town over from the one this fair is held,” but unlike them, I am not even remotely “surprised” by this.

Granted, my best friend growing up was a black kid who moved to the area from Philly… BUT I’ve heard stories (some of them relatively recent) of black people getting harassed or wrongly accused of phantom crimes. The region was a hotbed of anti-immigration as far back as the 1800s with bloody – and often deadly – fights between the various ethnic groups being relatively common until the coal veins dried up and industry left for cheaper labor in the Southern states leaving drugs, slum lords and welfare recipients (of all races) to pick up the pieces making the once pretty towns almost unlivable for all but the most desperate people.

 

Update: The fair has issued a brief statement on their Facebook page denouncing the flags and saying they have “reached out” to the vendor in question to rectify the situation (but hiding behind a weak excuse of “we cannot individually monitor 1200 vendors”).

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Photos: Meme Monday

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Random ramblings

I’ve been doing a LOT of thinking about this blog lately – particularly how many of my posts don’t seem to match my own stated theme.

For instance, while the shots of Disney landscapes are pretty and add substance to my claims of this being a “photography” blog, do they really belong here or should I find someplace else to post these shots and even then I still have to ask: just Disney, theme parks in general or would I post any kind of photos I want? Heck, I still remember my Photography professor at UM telling me in her pleasant English accent: “the best thing you could do for photography is to put your camera down and NEVER pick it up again.”

I’ve already decided that my political thoughts have no place here, but I’m not sure if I should spin them off into a separate blog or not – particularly since they have the “page views” to match their substance. Also, like the photo thing, I can’t find a clever name that wasn’t already taken… or, more aptly, a free one that I actually like. I also considered writing a weekly\biweekly column, but I don’t know of a single publication – including The News-Item – that would print unsolicited, unsubstantiated and largely uninformed drivel on a regular basis from someone who’s called nearly every presidential election wrong since 2000 (believe me, Dick Morris wasn’t the only one caught off guard by Obama’s reelection).

I also strongly considered “restarting” my FB\mobile gaming blog, but this time the hurdle is legal as that was created under the umbrella of Park\Mosher Media (just like my art\theatre blog) – a company I founded in 2011 after two years of unemployment but whose name expired in 2014. It was this (and a 13” snow storm in February of that year) that finally pushed me to move to Florida permanently. Ultimately, to borrow a term from the theme park industry, the blog is SBNO (Standing But Not Operational) and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future…

Do I continue posting those silly memes on Sunday? Probably not, but  should I delete the ones I’ve already posted? Should I post more about UM (it’s already one of my banner photos, even though said photo isn’t mine)? The aforementioned News-Item suspended their RSS feed a while back 😦 , but I still get news from Baltimore area blogs, should I post about that or just focus on events in Florida?

 

UPDATE: Yahoo has just announced that they will be closing their Games division in May. This site was the third leg of my coverage triad (the other two being Android and Facebook) for SSG. I do have some stories I’ve been working on on\off since January, but this news pretty much cements my decision not to restart that blog. (3/13/2016)

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Sunday funnies: V-Day edition

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Editorial: Drop outs

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley has officially dropped out of the race following his elimination at the Iowa caucuses. I liked him as a candidate as I viewed him as more “electable” in a general than either Hillary or Bernie.

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, also dropped out following a dismal showing at the state he won just eight years ago. I find his decision unfortunate as I actually expected him to last longer, but this is excellent news for fellow evangelicals Ben Carson and the former senator from PA Rick Santorum (though he has yet to endorse either of them).

Speaking of Carson, there are conflicting reports on whether he has or hasn’t dropped out yet. It doesn’t matter: today, tomorrow, Super Tuesday – the prognosis isn’t good. Honestly, I’m surprised he got THIS far, but he’ll be a good choice for Surgeon General or Director of Health & Human Services. He may even get to rewrite the ACA (though I’m not a fan of the name “CarsonCare”), but he’s not going to be president.

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Editorial: Non-committal

I originally sat down to write about how the views I supposedly have on Istandwith.com differ so markedly from my own as to be almost comical. I won’t say who they recommended mostly since they didn’t either (which shows how little daylight there is between the two “suggested” candidates).

However, the further I got into that post about what I wanted from a candidate, the more I realized my thoughts seemed to be aligned with one particular candidate over the others (though I strongly disagree with some of their positions) and that would be an “endorsement” which means I’d be a shill rather than a “blogger” even if the former is probably more “marketable” than the latter (as “Campaign operative” looks better than “unemployed” on a résumé… unless they lose L), but more than likely pays the same.

Besides, why sully my (or at least this blog’s) good name and reputation on someone without a chance of winning?

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Meme: They never did…

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