Archive for May 18, 2012

CareCentrix: Kiss My Ass

My husband has sleep apnea so he wears a mask at night that forces air (infused with oxygen) into his lungs to help him breath and to take a load off his heart.

The company that supplies the oxygen (they refill his tank every two weeks) is CareCentrix.

We got a bill from CareCentrix today for services rendered between July and September, 2011.  Got that? July and September, 2011 — almost a year ago.

This is the first time we’ve received a bill for those months and frankly, I’m not sure we owe what they say we owe.  I’m going to have to dig through old insurance papers to see if what they say is true.

That said, take a look at the note they attached to the almost-one-year-old bill:

CareCentrix is so incompetent it’s sending bills out for services provided almost 12 months ago but the hubby and I are “past due” and we’re going to be “sent to an outside collection agency” if we don’t pay within 15 days.

Is this a corporatocracy run wild or what?

Can you (hear me screaming) now?


May 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM 7 comments

Good Thinking

What a fairytale:

A graffiti artist who painted the walls of Facebook’s first headquarters seven years ago is set for a bumper payday of $200million after he agreed to take Facebook stock instead of cash for his work.

David Choe, 35, was asked to paint the offices in Palo Alto, California, in 2005, and was offered the choice by then-president Sean Parker of being paid a few thousand cash or the equivalent in shares.

Now, after a blockbuster $5billion Facebook stock exchange flotation moved a step closer last night, he is one of at least 1,000 company employees finally on their way to becoming millionaires.

Although Mr Choe reportedly considered the idea of Facebook ‘ridiculous and pointless’ at the time of his painting, he took the stock when offered the option, reported the New York Times.

Now a successful artist, Mr Choe refused to be interviewed about his windfall.


Wow.  Lucky dude.


May 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM Leave a comment

Seattle Reporter Arrives at Gig in Dog Crate Strapped to Top of Car

This is hilarious:

Seattle Channel’s Nancy Guppy turned heads arriving to cover the red carpet [at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 17, 2012] in a pet kennel on top of a car.

(Photo: Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)


May 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM Leave a comment

Inside the Food Bank

As regular readers of this blog know, I spend a good part of the day on Friday volunteering at the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) food bank in Boulder, Colorado.

I’ve written a lot about the inner workings of the food bank, about our clients and about our seemingly never-ending quest to keep the shelves stocked but I’ve never posted pictures.  So, voila, here are pictures:

This is the reception area.  EFAA not only runs a food bank but it helps people find housing, it has a furniture bank to help people with beds, tables and chairs, etc., but everyone passes through this area when they come in for help:

This is the entryway into the food bank.  The door to the immediate right, at the end of the row of shopping carts, is the door leading toward the reception area above.

Below is the canned fruit and veggie area, bread (down below) and the freezer straight ahead.

The area below is our food prep area.  Here we divide the likes of big bags of lettuce, potatoes, 10 pound bags of sugar, large bags of coffee, etc.  This is also where we store empty egg cartons, baggies, and anything else we might need.  It is also where we store diapers and toilet paper.

And last but not least, this is the cooler where we store dairy goods, lettuces, some fruits like blueberries and raspberries (when we have them) and anything else one would typically put in the frig.  Below and to the right (off camera) is a slanted table that holds our fresh veggies and some fruits (when we have them).

EFAA used to rent the dingy basement of a tiny church before moving into this building about six years ago, which was designed as food bank.  It’s light and airy and laid-out in a very efficient way.  We walk the clients through, giving food out according to family size, and they go out a door to the right of the picture above which leads to the parking lot.

So, that’s it.

May 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM Leave a comment

“To Palin”

My Tweet of the Day:

May 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM Leave a comment

Facebook Insanity

Today is Facebook’s IPO.  CNBC has a helicopter flying over Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California and they’re counting down to the “first trade” in hours, minutes, seconds and milliseconds.

Oh, and you can tell Jim Cramer didn’t take his meds this morning.


May 18, 2012 at 8:41 AM 3 comments

Imagine if Iran Said This

There goes Iran again, being all aggressive and antagonistic:

Plans to Strike Iran “Ready,” Says U.S. Israel Envoy

U.S. plans for a possible military strike on Iran are ready and the option is “fully available”, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said, days before Tehran resumes talks with world powers which suspect it of seeking to develop nuclear arms.

Like Israel, the United States has said it considers military force a last resort to prevent Iran using its uranium enrichment to make a bomb. Iran insists its nuclear program is for purely civilian purposes.

“It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically and through the use of pressure than to use military force,” Ambassador Dan Shapiro said in remarks about Iran aired by Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday.

“But that doesn’t mean that option is not fully available – not just available, but it’s ready. The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it’s ready,” said Shapiro, who the radio station said had spoken on Tuesday.


Imagine if the tables were turned and Iran said, “the necessary planning has been done to ensure” that a strike against Israel and/or the United States is “ready.”   Who’s being the aggressor here?


May 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM 1 comment

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