Tossing and Tortured 'Till Dawn

I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Life is busy.

Maybe I should get that internet access stuff set up at home.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Dear Fast,

I know I said it just wasn't working out between us, that it was time for us to go our separate ways. Yes, we really did have something magical there, there were some great times, but being with you took so much time, was too expensive, and just took too much. Real life got in the way, you know. I had bills to pay, work to do.

But, lately, I've been thinking a lot about you. The frost seems to be over, I've felt the sun on my legs, and things I see around me keep reminding me of you -- every time I go up a hill without you, sun filtering through the trees, meandering along slowly in an easy gear, I think about the times we did this together, and how much better it was.

Back then, I told you didn't think we could just be friends. I was too into you, the way you made me feel, I didn't think we could just casually hang out from time to time without things just getting hard and confusing. Now, with some time to heal, I'm beginning to wonder if we couldn't make things work out.

Do you think maybe you'd like to get together sometime, you know, and see what happens? No commitments or anything, but, it might be fun.

What do you think?

Monday, April 06, 2009

I've declared that the phrase "STIMULUS PACKAGE" is hereby stricken from colloquial speech. Seriously. It's played out.

(I'll improve on YOUR methods!)

In other news, I recently went to the optometrist.

Last time I did this, about 3 years ago, I was paying out of pocket, so I went to Costco for a contact lens exam. I think it set me back $75?

This time, I had vision insurance, so I went to the provider my insurance recommended in my area. It only cost me a copay, but, I got the billing statement that shows what they're billing my insurance: Just over $300. $80 for the "contact fitting fee," and $120 for the basic exam, plus another $100 for something I didn't understand.


This is not a medical eye exam. I wear single-vision glasses / contacts, I have -1.75 in both eyes, and my prescription is either spherical, or the tiniest cylinder correction on the books. No other issues. I had my old contacts, size remained the same.

I was there for perhaps 30 minutes.

Are these kind of charges normal? Does anyone pay them? Is this just the kind of deal they put on the bill to make your insurance look worthwhile, and then they negotiate paying far less?