June 19th, 2007

sweat everywhere

bach bach bach bach bach bach

i was shopping today for seriously like 4.5 hours, at 7 different stores. it was dreadful. and i didn't even get everything i was looking for! i did, however, get 8 fire extinguishers for watermyn, signs to indicate fire extinguisher placement because our insurance company thinks we are too stupid to notice the big red cylinders mounted on the wall, 4 more keys for the new pressure bar[1], trash bags, lightbulbs which tyler dropped and broke immediately after i was raving about how they rule[2]

[1] stupid walmart dude had 4 left but he woudln't sell me them. theoretical future customers are more important than current desirous customer? fuck that noise

[2] our new lightbulbs rule! seriously! i pulled them out of the bag and said "i know this sounds totally nerdy, but can i just say that i am very excited for these lightbulbs i got" and fokion laughed at me. but then i described them and all present were duly impressed, until tyler broke them like the heartless ogre he is. but yeah, instead of 60 watts they only take 13 watts, and instead of lasting 700-1500 hours like every other bulb i saw, they last 10,000 hours. that's a lot of hours! i'll also note that neither of the 2 local hippie stores carry these thoroughly hippie lightbulbs. whole foods and east side market let me down (as did brooks, for that matter). i had to hit up cvs.

i got into an argument with the stupid home depot checkout lady after she basically accused me of stealing and then ignored everything i said to her and kept repeating the same crap i had already acknowledged. but then she took like 3 minutes to get my check approved when the other lady took about 20 seconds, so maybe she was just new.

i checked bach's mail today. i don't think anyone's done that in about a month and a half, and boy did we have a prodigous pile of mail. including a letter from national grid saying they want 5000 bucks, and a letter from the secretary of state saying we fucked up our annual somethingorother filing. whee! and our accountant basically said our financial system is inept (which is thoroughly true).

haha my life revolves around this house now. ridiculous
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i've noticed

my sense of time is completely out of whack lately. things that happened 4 hours ago feel like they were a week ago. meanwhile, every day around 8 i am surprised to discover it's not in fact 3, which it feels like[1].

[1] on the plus side, everyone else also always seems surprised by the time. i think it's mostly the effect of spending a significant portion of every day hanging out on the porch[2] with like 10 people.

[2] our porch is excellent now. i don't know who cleaned/rearranged, but it looks like a glorious den.

the cherry trees in our yard have cherry-ed! they're delicious!

somebody left this weird book on the porch; it's a workbook on how to improve your memory. i did the 1st section, and it actually works. so now i have the amazing ability to memorize random lists of nouns. the next section is on how to memorize numbers, which would actually be, ya know, useful and not a random party trick. but someone seems to have taken the book.

chemicals for cheap

so wanna hear something interesting? now that i am among the ranks of the unwashed and uninsured, i get to actually find out what drugs cost. sertraline (generic zoloft) at brooks will run me about 150 bucks. at cvs it's around 120. at this place anthony's, it is TWENTY BUCKS. this is for a generic, remember, so there is no branding involved, the differences between the drug companies is entirely and solely a pricing difference, which means all the pharmacies can get them for approximately the same price (and large chains for even cheaper, probably, by volume discounts). it never even occurred to me until yesterday that different stores would price drugs differently. in hindsight, this is no stranger than different stores selling milk for different prices, but there is a vital difference: the (i am guessing) vast majority of drug purchasers are insured to some extent. if you have insurance and are only responsible for a copay, then it doesn't matter to you what the drugs actually cost. hence stores never advertising or posting prices. the people this matters to are a) uninsured, obviously, and b) insurance companies. when i used to fill my prescription at brooks, i was just paying my copay, but i was sticking blue cross with a 150 tab, whereas i could've just as easily gone to this anthony's place and charged blue cross just 20 bucks. do i care what my insurance company paid? not particularly. but would it effect the cost of insurance if everyone was buying their drugs at stores that charged 87% less? fuckin probably! would that go some way towards solving the universal coverage problem in this country? well i have no idea. i don't know what % of medical costs are from drugs, but it coudln't hurt. and this principle may apply to other things too. maybe we'd start going to cheaper doctors (or more expensive ones, if you think higher price = more skill. but who knows). as i said, it never even occurred to me that the same drugs would cost different amounts at different stores. it's the same copay everywhere, and nobody advertises or even posts their prices. but if you ask they'll give you the price; maybe we should all start asking. and maybe insurance companies should start giving a shit as well.
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