2.24.2010

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • That was quick: The widow of the guy killed in the IRS building is suing the wife of the nutcase pilot that caused it. Wait. Suing the wife?
  • I think I saw a 16 year old figure skater at the Olympics last night who ended up with a bleeding nose after her performance.
  • Decatur cowboy Trevor Brazile gets a one page feature in the March issue of Texas Monthly. (p. 28)
  • You would think that Dick Cheney's many heart scares would make him simply sit back and enjoy life instead of being a perpetual curmudgeon.
  • Fox 4 News dedicating segments to American Idol drives me a little nuts.
  • Has the tattoo fad ended? On vacation last year at the beach I began to notice some middle aged folks who obviously had the ink idea many years ago.
  • A couple of folks at the courthouse have called me Broken Wing this week due to my healing shoulder injury. When they do that, I have an old song from the one hit wonder band of Mister, Mister stick in my brain for the rest of the day.
  • Speaking of the shoulder injury, I got the total bill submitted to my insurance company yesterday. That'll be it's own post later. Feel free to guess how much it costs to spend three hours in the emergency room, have your shoulder placed back into socket, get an IV, get x-rays, and walk out with a velcro ladened shoulder brace.
  • Edit to the above: As a couple of astute commenters pointed out, the bill is for the hospital only. I guess I'll get a bill from the doctor. But I'll get a bill from the x-ray technician, too?
  • I've got the Fort Worth Half Marathon this weekend. As always, I just want to finish and not walk any portion of it.
  • The bottom of my garbage disposal started leaking. I replaced one once, but it's not on the top of my list of fun things to do.
  • I've got The Hurt Locker arriving from Netflix either today or tomorrow.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

7.5

Anonymous said...

If you went to Wise Regional my guess is $15,000 anywhere else $2,000.

Anonymous said...

$4875.00

Anonymous said...

$12,000

Anonymous said...

Plaintiff=Fail

Anonymous said...

$3950

Anonymous said...

did they mention his dad?

Anonymous said...

i done told jew $10k..so how much ?

Anonymous said...

I have a son doing the Ft. Worth Marathon. He has trained for a marathon numerous times & everytime something goes wrong - knee, hip, etc, - towards the end of the training.

This time though - so far, so good. So let's hope he finishes the Marathon & can mark it off his Bucket List. (Never too young to start on that bucket list.)
I am quite proud of him BTW, for this among many other things. :>)

So maybe we will see you there, Barry, and we will cheer you on as well.

Anonymous said...

$7500.00. Plus somewhere down the line you will receive another bill from the ER doctor. Trust me.

Anonymous said...

when are we going to find out about the dead lady in the tub, found sat. night south of B'port..?? when, who, why, how, and wtf..?

Anonymous said...

from the nydailynews article:
"The lawsuit, filed Monday, says Sheryl Stack should have warned others about her husband."
I'm not sure that can be proven, but his estate should be held liable for the wrongful death of the IRS worker, regardless of what she may have known about him.
And the grown daughter retracted her "he's a hero" statement shortly after saying it. Maybe she moved to Norway to get away from a crazy parent? Or did she move there because she agreed with his hatred of the American system?

Your question/statement about tattoos seems incongruous to me. Are you saying it must be coming to an end because some people did it thirty years ago?


"...and learn to fly again"

Anonymous said...

Hurt Locker great movie.....

Anonymous said...

Good chance that Chaney would spend more time with his gay daughter if today's hot chick was in the picture.

How could this chick have an empty drink?

Tiger

Anonymous said...

Waaaaay too much forehead. What is with all the hair being pulled back?

Let's see...lawyer...butthead...whiny bitch...liberal weenie...$386, 245.86. That should about cover it.

Anonymous said...

"take these broken wings, and learn to fly again..." Thanks Barry now we will all be singing it in our heads ALL DAY LONG!

I'm guessing $12,000(dr. and xray tech included)

Anonymous said...

That poor widow should sue the FAA as well as the concrete company that built the runway. She should also sue the building developer for not building the facility to withstand a plane's impact. And if there's any concrete in that building, well......

Anonymous said...

I agree with 8:26. I had a cat scan at Wise and it cost almost 50 percent more than what I paid for one at Baylor in Dallas. A friend of mine, who is an emergency room doctor in Dallas, provided me a nationwide list of what hospitals charge for that service and Wise was off the chart. He also told me that my health complaint did not justify a scan.

Anonymous said...

8:51 is right - that forehead is a deal killer...YEAH, RIGHT!

Anonymous said...

Forehead...what forehead? I thought that was 2 bald-headed men sitting in front of her.

Anonymous said...

Not x-Ray tech. Radiologist who does the interpretation of the x-ray. Tech works for hospital and radiologist is the doctor who is trained to look for anything that might show up in the x-ray.

Anonymous said...

I can find you an illegal to replace the garbage disposal real cheap. Or you can hire a licensed plumber who will send an illegal over to do the job.

Anonymous said...

She has a forehead? What normal, hetero male looks at that and focuses on her hair? You fellas are setting off the gay-dar.

Anonymous said...

You should be able to find an unemployed plumber to fix your disposal problem. January new home sales dropped 11.2 percent to the lowest level on record going back nearly a half century.

Anonymous said...

My son had three- four stitches placed in his chin one night while in Decatur....just the doctors bill for 15 minutes work was $800. I should have gone to Dr Reese instead of the ER, because the stitches were awful. (And we have had many inserted in this kid)
Weird thing the bill came from some company in Louisiana. When I called they said the Dr was out of DFW group, they just handle the bills. What a messy system, too many fingers in the pie......We have an HMO in another state who would not cover cost. Great health care system we have here in the states.

Anonymous said...

Mister Mister had Kyrie, too. More than one hit. Although they were during the same time.

Anonymous said...

My guess for the emergency room visit only. $1800. This amt probably shows I haven't visited one in years.

Anonymous said...

I think the FINAL number will be 1221.12...hehehe

Anonymous said...

how are wise county's real estate and auto sales..anybody know ?

Anonymous said...

Beatles "Blackbird":

"...Take this broken wing and learn to fly. All your life you were only waiting for this moment to arive."

My guess: $20,000.00. And it ain't just Wise Regional, folks. It's the U.S. healthcare "system" that so many of you are mad at the President for wanting to fix.

Anonymous said...

1.) No, the tattoo fad has NOT died. My best friend owns her own tattoo shop and business is booming! She just bought a new home.

2.) Hospital bills are ridiculous. Went to the ER for an insane headache and horrible chest pains. Diagnosed with with food poisoning after being there literally all day. Went to the doctor the following day who diagnosed me CORRECTLY with pneumonia. Hospital bill was OVER $11,000. Ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

No, it's definitely NOT just Wise Regional. I had a kid in Parkland and one in Baylor in the last 3 years and they were outrageous. I might also mention they didn't work with me on the bill like Wise Regional did, nor was the care nearly as good as I got right here in Decatur.

Anonymous said...

Yes, ER and dr. bills are over the top. We who have insurance and a job are paying for those that don't. Obama can't fix that. I know I'm lucky to be insured, but I do resent having to pay for those that don't. That's why insurance rates are so high.

Anonymous said...

My guess:

Medical bill = 1/2 of the amount it would have cost to spend the same 3 hours in a lawyers office. Plus the healing time from a doctors visit is much reduced relative to the visit at a lawyers office.

Anonymous said...

Funny to see a lawyer commenting about a medical bill!

Anonymous said...

$3500.00

Anonymous said...

FOREHEAD!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????????????????????
ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FRIGGIN HEAD???????
WHY WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER FOREHEAD???????????
Did you want to know what type of deodorant she is we
wearing??????

FOREHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????

Anonymous said...

I think the name of the group is Mr. Mister. Calling yourselves Mister Mister would be just ignernt, and putting a comma in there (as you did) would only compound the, uh...ignerntness? ignernticity?

Speaking of ignernt - saying that a lawyer's hourly fee is more than the fee for a doctor is purely that word mentioned earlier. A doctor has to pay for all that fancy doctoring equipment, and his legions of staff and technicians. A lawyer only has to pay for some lawyerin' books, cheap booze, cheap broads, and maybe one overworked, underpaid assistant. But then, I'm only going on what I've seen in '70s TV shows.

Anonymous said...

I would suck her straw.

Anonymous said...

I would suck her forehead and then I would......

Anonymous said...

I had a MRI done at Wise Hospital. They apparently charged some $3,255, network discount price $2,917, Medicare paid $187.48. Somehow I wind up owing $69. How they resolve all these numbers I just don't know. How many bureaucrats are involved per health care person?

Barry's initial bill: somewhere around $12,000. Who knows what the final price will be and who will pay.

Anonymous said...

10:50 ...plus the lawyer can't write you a script for Vicodan to help ease the blow.

Anonymous said...

I would suck her forehead with a straw and then the police would take me away....

Anonymous said...

CAT scan at Wise $3200? It would be about $450 in Australia. I wonder if Medicare would give you the difference and let you spend it on travel and a vacation.

Anonymous said...

Imagine how little health care would cost us overall if we were thin, didn't smoke or drive drunk; didn't allow 3 year olds to drive 4wheelers or teenagers to skateboard in abandoned pools, cured cancer, and decided that we would NOT sue anyone who was in the neighborhood when a facelift didn't turn out like we hoped. WE are what's wrong with health care costs in this country.

Anonymous said...

Lets see
ER with Dr. bill = $2800.00
IV and pain meds = $ 700.00
Xray of shoulder = $ 500.00
Lawyer at our mercy = Priceless

For all other things use Mastercard. LOL :)

Anonymous said...

5:36's observation is the most accurate and intelligent assessments of the state of health care, but is disregarded out of hand by all the politicians and the public at large because it requires admission of fault by everyone. We aren't that mature.

We really have screwed the pooch on this, you know?

Anonymous said...

Was in the hospital in Decatue once and couldnt figure how to pay them off.As far as I could tell if you pay one bill they send you some elses.I finally called and gave them a week to clear it up.Iwent to the office told them what I needed,paid them in cash and got a paid in full receipt.Guess what I got in about a month?You got it.Know what I told them to do with it?DAGO

Anonymous said...

I have seen all movies nominated for academy awards this year except for the cartoon. Hurt Locker is by far the best. It is the best movie I have seen in several years. Along with Precious, you won't forget it. The Serious Man was the worst movie I have seen in several years. I did not get it, or do I know why it was made.