Sunday, January 27, 2008

michael moore has a point

Got my bill for the emergency room visit. It’s only a laugh because I only have to pay my ER copay of $50:

Pharma - $566. I had 1 shot of synthetic morphine and a bag of saline
Lab - $1218. They took blood and pee and checked it
CT scan - $7176. a gallon of barium, 20 minutes and a technician
ER - $1045. I was there 8 hours, mostly sleeping
Other diagnostic services - $344. I have no idea what that could be

Totaling $10339. Interestingly, because I went to the hospital listed on my HMO card, they gave the insurance company a tidy little discount of $2585. Quantity discount, I suppose. So what is the actual cost of these services, I'd like to know.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

some fun

I got my buddy R to shoot some video from the backseat and he caught some good stuff.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

no time

If this month is any indication, this is going to be a year to remember.

The new lady in my life is wonderful. Everything is good. 'Nuff said.

Bay area house prices have taken a dive, and it's the perfect time for a goofball like me to waltz in and snap one up. I've saved all my life, and now at age almost-43 I can afford my first house. In the past month I've driven by about 15-20 places and looked inside two. One of them is totally move-in-ready, hits me in all the right places, and has all the upgrades I'd be too cheap to put in myself should I decide to sell later. I just put in an offer on Monday and I'm waiting to hear back.

Friday, January 04, 2008

could it be?

I didn't think she was looking. In fact, I know she wasn't looking, because she's been a friend for quite a few years and she hung out at various get-togethers over the summer. But after Christmas she said something to me that made this lightbulb go on over my head.

For a few days I was uncomfortable because I thought I was ready for dating, but found that practice is different from theory. The reality of a real live person forced me to do some mental housecleaning -- was I really ready to move on?

Decisions brought me to a tentative yes.

We're pretty different, but for the moment it clicks and it's good.