My Bill for Knee Surgery.
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There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.
Knee replacement, of course, is a much more involved procedure with expensive hardware involved. In my case they only had to insert 3 small ‘fiber’ plugs. So, there was no hardware costs. But, it just goes to show.
Yes, I know of doctors that will NOT accept Medicare patients just for this reason. The lower reimbursement. Not sure whether this applies to surgeons, especially orthopedic surgeons. They must get most of their business from old codgers like I who need knee and hip replacement — though I was, of course, different.
That huge 100% price differential is NOT RIGHT. It is worse if you don’t have insurance. Hospitals really rape you. I know. Dartmouth-Hitchcock raped me — anally at that.
There has to be a middle-path. Between the Medicare amount and what other insurances pay.
This is why the U.S. healthcare system is so screwed up.
I am sure glad I have Medicare — with the Humana Advantage overlay on top of it (which costs me NOTHING).
Just a FEW days ago.
Today, April 21, is her ACTUAL birthday. She was born April 21, 1926.
That it is also Easter makes it doubly special.
She looks so great. Never tell she is 93.
Happy Birthday, Dear Queen. You are ONE of a KIND. We are SO LUCKY to have you. Proud as hell too.
Just a FEW of my adoptive father’s 55+ books.
Google ‘Ananda Guruge‘ if you want to check out his Buddhist bona fides.
I have been railing against religious violence in Sri Lanka for YEARS.
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To say that this Easter bombing saddens & distresses I does not even come close to genuinely capturing my disapprobation.
My adoptive family was as Buddhist as you could get. Check out some of my father’s Buddhist books shown above and Google him. He was a Buddhist scholar, ACTIVIST and, alas, also one of the original architects of the ‘Buddhism First‘ precept for Ceylon. But, he was as open-minded when it came to religion as one could be. My SURROGATE FATHER, my adoptive mother’s brother-in-law, with whom I spent nearly as much time as with my family — and who influenced me more than any other man — was a practicing Baptist. My ‘father’ never had any issues with that. We celebrated Easter and Christmas, at my surrogate father’s rather fancy house with abandon replete with all the best goodies that money could get in Ceylon — imported ham, lamb, cakes etc. My surrogate father, who was a lawyer, and his wife, who as the Assistant Principal at Royal College (Sri Lanka’s premier boys school) were rich — and had no kids, bar I.
In addition, we had more Christians on my “mother’s” side; she one of 9. One of her brother’s was married to a Catholic as had one of her sisters. We were a CLOSE family — multi-religious. Nobody cared about who was who. We all mucked into to each other’s holidays.
My “Father’s” best friend, who he met with near daily, was a prominent muslim. Never an issue. Our neighbors, that my “mother” genuinely treated as part of her family, were Tamil Catholics. They were at our house, without fail, every day.
So, I grew up in an environment where religion had no ‘color’ or ‘race’. It was just like a name. Made no difference.
This is why this religious violence disturbs me so.
All that said, I refuse to jump to conclusions as to who perpetrated this horrendous series of crimes. The last TWO bombings, which were of private houses, puzzles me.
Though I am NO LONGER a Sri Lankan (in terms of citizenship or affinity) I do know, alas, the mentality of my brethren. We can be a devilishly devious, unscrupulous, ruthless bunch of bastards.
These bombings, I hate to say it as such, were ‘genius’. It has created the PERFECT TSUNAMI.
We now can have a circular firing squad, consisting of Buddhists, Christians and Muslims, each taking pot shots at the other. READ BETWEEN THE LINES.
This was geared to cause political, social and ECONOMIC upheaval. It will, of course, decimate the burgeoning tourist trade. That will have far reaching knock-on effects.
But, please do NOT jump to conclusions.
It is not always the usual suspects.
Sri Lankan politicians are ruthless to a level that others will never comprehend.
Read Between The Line!
Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’.
Pope Francis, Once Again Wearing Gold, With The Insane Riches Of The Vatican As A Backdrop, Condemns Wealth.
This irks me no end. Yes, the pope makes a pretense of trying to lead a simple life BUT he invariably surrounds himself with gold. There is nothing in the Bible that says he need gold to give him credibility.
And as for the Vatican’s insane wealth — or for that matter the opulence in which Church prelates continue to live.
I no longer think that Francis is a hypocrite when it come to this matter — i.e., telling us to abandon wealth while the Vatican and the prelates continue to accumulate and glorify.
No, I just think he is TOO STUPID to realize what he is saying and the hypocrisy involved!
One MORE Female Zoo Keeper, The 6th To My Knowledge Since 2013, Attacked By Captive Big Cat; I Blame Hormones.
This has happened TOO MANY times of late for us to pretend that there is NO connection.
I get grief from women who think I am trying to prevent females from working with Big Cats. Not at all.
I am just stating something that you just cannot overlook. I am NOT an out-and-out expert but I do know some about Big Cats, females and female hormones. I have three daughters and currently live in a house with three females.
Female hormones are powerful entities. And if you THINK that a Big Cat cannot smell changes in female hormones you have been smoking some bad stuff for too long. That is my only point.
I think there is a hormonal connection.
I am familiar with, and have documented 4 instances of such attacks by tigers on female zookeeper, since 2013. They are: Dianna Hanson in California in March 2013, Renee Radziwon of Portland in November 2013, Sarah McClay in the UK in May 2013 and then Rosa King, at Hamerton Zoo Park, also in the UK, in May 2017.
That so many young female zookeepers are being attacked by Big Cats could, of course, all be but an unfortunate coincidence.
BUT, there is something else we should consider. These are all women were still of childbearing age. I think that there is an hormonal connection, something to do with ‘scent’ that tigers and lions can smell. IF you think they can’t smell changes to our scent due to hormonal changes, then you are probably not that familiar even with domestic dogs.
It is something, I think, that should be studied further. We might be able to save some lives of other female zookeepers.
So, for those that have made fun of me that my book are are on a diet, and keep on getting skinnier and skinnier.
Well I fixed that with this book. A full 471-pages long and we are talking good size 7″x10″ pages (and not ones that are small).
Took me 18-months to write and proof it. The longest I have worked on a book — ever!
Yes, I wrote it BEFORE my other two THINK books, BUT the proofing was a bitch. So, I spun the other two out and continued labouring on the BIG book.
Well, it is out. A true labor of love.
Check it out. I will arrange for FREE eBook downloads after Easter.
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