ITP Is Stuck On The P

Fucking traffic…

[Picking up now that I’m finally at work.]

Because of an accident on the Brookwood Interchange, I chose to go up I-75 this morning, of course I ran into shitty traffic as soon as I hit I-285. My commute this morning took me an hour.

I’m bummed because I now don’t have time to write about hearing of Beasley’s (did I spell that right, ITP-Reader Betsy?) Weasley’s return home, my lament about missing the farmers market as well as last night’s Sleeper Agent show at The Basement (I was just too tired), nor the near heart attach that I suffered when I opened the bill from Piedmont Hospital to see that my surgery cost $15,800 (I’m waiting to see how much of that my health insurance covers and regardless it looks as if I’ve hit my deductible for the year!). What I was really hoping to do was to dissect the bill — which is itemized — and highlight the amazingly high, and absurd costs, of things related to health care. Perhaps I’ll do this on Monday.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow at ITP-Readers Steve’s and Debbie’s. I’ll be the exasperated one on the fancy-pants bicycle.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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18 Responses to ITP Is Stuck On The P

  1. Steve says:

    As you’ve met the deductable, now’s the time to think of whatever else needs fixing.

    JEFDSDR is being prepared for the onslaught tomorrow. We’ll finish off the straightening up tonight and will be ready by the morning. Ride leaves at 11 for about 45 with a beer stop. Show up at 2:30 – 3:00 if you aren’t riding.


  2. Barb says:

    maybe that $15,800 is the MSRP……..

    AND – remember tomorrow, I’m slow, you have to wait for me occasionally, I don’t want to be lost in the country all by myself 😉
    Allan’s pretty beat from the work he’s done on the deck (the new extended roof looks awesome BTW), and since we have plans tomorrow, that means tonight will be a sleepless ngiht at the firehouse, it always works out that way. So, if he is a little crabby, don’t be surprised.

    Is the pool warm enough to swim? That won’t matter to Allan, but it does to me.

  3. I’ve thought about that Steve. I’m normally not one to pile on, but since I have (or will be) meeting my end of the legal agreement with the insurance company…

    As I’ve not ridden since last September(?) I assume that I won’t be going very quickly tomorrow, especially toward the end. I’ll be in the pool regardless of the temperature. 🙂

    I’m heading to REI after work tonight to pick up outdoorsy essentials I need, and then to Total Wine for the rest of my essentials.

  4. Steve says:

    I reached in the pool last night to rescue a frog and it was really warm.. of course, that was the top 2 inches of water, so if you don’t go any deeper than that, you’ll be good.

    I’m working on a box o’ wine that is pretty good, a malbec, if I recall correctly, so don’t go too wild in the wine dept.

    The roads we’ll be riding are as flat as I can find around here. It ain’t the Comet, but it’s the next best thing. 😉

  5. I’ll be bringing some beer, but might try and help out with that Malbec too. And I’ll be bringing cash for the beer stop in Senoia.

  6. Steve says:

    And speaking of Bike to Work Day.. did you see where the CEO of the Falcons was going to ride his bike from Buckhead to Flowery Branch? On Booford Hwy? And he had a crowd that was going to go with him. Safety in numbers, I guess.

  7. Barb says:

    I’m going to bring some white (for the hotter parts of the day) then drink some red in the evening. But – I’ll try a box Malbec, I’m always daring…..

    I’m not scared of hills, I’m just very slow going up them!

  8. Barb says:

    Steve- probably a police escort too…..

  9. bets says:

    I’m chiming in as I don’t have to commute today. Weasley’s Back!

    Paulie met me and some friends at Soba last night. The conversation started with the new upkick in random crime in the hood (Starlite shooting, car jackings, day time muggings, car break ins, grave robbing, you name it). Then we started discussing serial killers, climate change, and the general slow decay we are all experiencing as we crawl towards impending death. I decided to lighten the mood by telling a Happy Story. My parents cat, Weasley, went MIA over two months ago. My parents have three cat, but Weasley was my father’s fave. My father shed tears and put up posters and walked the neighborhood each day. It was heartbreaking. Yesterday morning, Weasley came back, half his size, but in good shape.

    So for the rest of the time, if the conversation meandered into something not so happy, someone would shout, Weasley’s Back!!

    So for the rest of the day if you think about Something Sad, especially the general decline of Western Civilization as evidenced by the popularity of the Kardashian sisters, pause for a moment and remember…Weasley’s Back!

  10. Barb says:

    great story Betsy………

    and Paulie- what outdoorsy essentials could you possibly need for the day spa? That just occured to me, I don’t see it as roughing it out there. (unless we need something from the grocery store, as that is somewhat of a roadtrip 😉

    We might be bring some guac – Allan decided to buy a bunch of avocados yesterday…..

  11. I actually need a new water bottle (or two) for my bike. My favorite bottle was lost in the wreck and I’ve never gotten a suitable replacement. And while I thankfully shouldn’t need a decent raincoat tomorrow I’m trying to use my dividend, and perhaps the 20% coupon for REI on one.

    I’ll bring some sort of side. I may make something tonight, and if not it’ll be some store-bought delicacy.

  12. Barb says:

    We can bring you water bottles – we’ve got a whole bin of them.
    Mary & TJ probably have a whole room full as well.
    Unless you need some sort of fancy pants one…….

  13. I’ll hold off and see what you have to offer. Thanks.

  14. Debbie says:

    I just did a pool check. It’s a bit chilly, but I am a cold wimp so your mileage may vary.

    I’ll remove the various dead animals from the pool deck. Apparently Tate went on a rampage last night. Yuck!

    Guac would be great! I’ll have some other snack foods for when y’all get back from your ride. I’m pretty sure no one has ever gone hungry at our house, but I’m always worried it could happen. 🙂

  15. Terri(SW) says:

    One hour and forty-five minutes to get to work today. Makes it even more depressing that I cannot find a job closer to home :(. No, I am not moving closer to work…Alpharetta is just too, too far.

  16. Wow, you “win” Terri. I agree about your assessment of Alpharetta. Before signing our latest lease here near Perimeter Mall I swore that a move to Roswell/Alpharetta would cause me to quit.

  17. whiner says:

    Heh Paulie, after my first hip replacement bill came to me, I extrapolated he made 2.1 million in just surgery fees. He laughed big time and challenged me to guess what he made in surgery fees for 2005, I missed by only 300K at 2.9 million. Not bad for a 38 year old doctor. I’ve been reading this blog since day 7, what is JEFDSDR ?
    You have great insurance, you’ll be fine.
    Tell everyone I said hello.

  18. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Not bad at all…

    JEFDSDR is an acronym for Steve (Fagpipes) and Debbie’s (Yes I Wood) property down in Moreland. I can never remember what each letter represents, but it’s something like Just Enough Farm D S Dude Ranch.

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