(Originally posted on the website Continuum…)
1 son plus 4 impacted wisdom teeth multiplied by insurance carrier hassles squared = $400 out of my pocket up front.
Dang! That’s the deal. My son needs his wisdom teeth removed. He has some pain in his lower jaw. The oral surgeon has had problems dealing with my insurance carrier in the past. So, he wants 20% of the fee paid before he will operate. That is the amount I will probably be obligated to pay anyway. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to pay it all at once.
I was going to rag about my financial annoyances at this point. But I will spare you. We all have them. Don’t we?
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Hey! Speaking of financial annoyances… Look who’s coming to town soon! Santa Spud!
I don’t know… I’m a little suspicious that the beard isn’t real.
Doesn’t he look like he’s being robbed?
“No! Please! Don’t shoot! Take the bag of gifts! Take the reindeer!”
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I think Christmas should be a totally spontaneous thing. When I feel like doing and when I have the money, then it will be Christmas. It may happen in December. It may happen in April or August. When I’m in the mood to be generous and festive, we will have Christmas.
It’s not that I’m a humbug either. I like to be generous. I like to give gifts to people and make them happy. I just can’t stand the commercialism and hype at this time of the year. “The Holiday Season.” No. It’s a corporate greed driven stressful time of the year. It’s shitty. And I wish that there would be a law to take away any mention of Jesus at this time of the year because this is not the type of social environment that He would promote. Let it all be about Santa and elves and toys and trees and lights and all the rest. Let it all be as thin and worthless as tinsel. We already know it is.
Am I being a cynic or a realist? Is there a difference all the time?
Posted at 9:30 PM (EST)