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A sliver of my day

Today was like driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Or rather, I was headed in the right direction but inexplicably everyone around me was going the wrong way. The world outside my house is in retrograde!

I tried to go to the post office this afternoon. For some reason it was a complete zoo. Bumper to bumper cars in both directions trying to turn into the parking lot, people going the wrong way into parking spots, utter craziness. Upon seeing the state of the parking lot and the line snaking through the building and past the door, I gave up and decided to try again tomorrow and it still took me ten minutes to exit the lot and get back out onto the street (and that’s after deciding to turn in the opposite direction of where I wanted to go because it would be faster). Replay of a similar scenario at UPS, the bank, and the grocery store!

My favorite Bizarro-World moment of the day, though, had to be the one where I was trying to figure out if a medical supply company was covered by our insurance. I went to the insurance website. No love. Having had this same problem finding my primary care physician (who is a “Preferred Provider” and is in their system) I called customer service who gave me a couple “tricks” for finding info on the website (most of which I was doing already) and they couldn’t find anything either. Bummed, because this place would be very convenient, I did see that Swedish Medical Center as a whole was listed, along with a DBA name for a medical equipment provider, though not the one I was looking for. Deciding this was an okay second choice, I called the number… and heard “Hello, [Company Name You Were Looking For All Along]” which was a pleasant, if somewhat baffling surprise. I let the woman know they aren’t actually listed by that name or the DBA name, but as “Swedish Medical Center” which had caused some confusion. She laughed, “Oh, I know, we should be listed as…” and rattled off a third name. I suspect this will not be the end of the road for this case of insurance confusion and Bizarro-land but for now I’m willing to go with it.

And, where I thought I might make it through the week with no doctor’s appointments, it looks like I was wrong. Appointments on Wednesday and Friday this week after all. Then Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week. Third week of March looks clear for the moment, though… at least for now. Hopefully the world outside of my house will be through retrograde by then!

8 comments to A sliver of my day

  • I tried to go to the post office this afternoon. For some reason it was a complete zoo.

    I gave up trying to go to the PO if I couldn’t be there within a half hour of opening time: their processes are so wildly inefficient that one is almost always guaranteed a long line and a delay, particularly at midday when every single retiree and their dog decides to buy a single stamp or mail a postcard. Now I use the automated mailing machines for everything. (That probably doesn’t work for bulk mailings, though, unhappily.)

  • I tried to go to the post office this afternoon. For some reason it was a complete zoo.

    I gave up trying to go to the PO if I couldn’t be there within a half hour of opening time: their processes are so wildly inefficient that one is almost always guaranteed a long line and a delay, particularly at midday when every single retiree and their dog decides to buy a single stamp or mail a postcard. Now I use the automated mailing machines for everything. (That probably doesn’t work for bulk mailings, though, unhappily.)

  • I tried to go to the post office this afternoon. For some reason it was a complete zoo.

    I gave up trying to go to the PO if I couldn’t be there within a half hour of opening time: their processes are so wildly inefficient that one is almost always guaranteed a long line and a delay, particularly at midday when every single retiree and their dog decides to buy a single stamp or mail a postcard. Now I use the automated mailing machines for everything. (That probably doesn’t work for bulk mailings, though, unhappily.)

  • I tried to go to the post office this afternoon. For some reason it was a complete zoo.

    I gave up trying to go to the PO if I couldn’t be there within a half hour of opening time: their processes are so wildly inefficient that one is almost always guaranteed a long line and a delay, particularly at midday when every single retiree and their dog decides to buy a single stamp or mail a postcard. Now I use the automated mailing machines for everything. (That probably doesn’t work for bulk mailings, though, unhappily.)

  • I work next door to a post office (and a Target), so I’m able to check twice a day or so if I need to stop there. I just try to avoid the first Mon/Tues of the month, because that’s when SS checks arrive.

    Off topic, there’s a restaurant you may want to try when you’re in town for Gen Con. It’s called Cafe Patachou – http://www.cafepatachou.com/ – and they have wonderful food, and granola to die for. There’s one relatively close to downtown. :)

  • I work next door to a post office (and a Target), so I’m able to check twice a day or so if I need to stop there. I just try to avoid the first Mon/Tues of the month, because that’s when SS checks arrive.

    Off topic, there’s a restaurant you may want to try when you’re in town for Gen Con. It’s called Cafe Patachou – http://www.cafepatachou.com/ – and they have wonderful food, and granola to die for. There’s one relatively close to downtown. :)

  • I work next door to a post office (and a Target), so I’m able to check twice a day or so if I need to stop there. I just try to avoid the first Mon/Tues of the month, because that’s when SS checks arrive.

    Off topic, there’s a restaurant you may want to try when you’re in town for Gen Con. It’s called Cafe Patachou – http://www.cafepatachou.com/ – and they have wonderful food, and granola to die for. There’s one relatively close to downtown. :)

  • I work next door to a post office (and a Target), so I’m able to check twice a day or so if I need to stop there. I just try to avoid the first Mon/Tues of the month, because that’s when SS checks arrive.

    Off topic, there’s a restaurant you may want to try when you’re in town for Gen Con. It’s called Cafe Patachou – http://www.cafepatachou.com/ – and they have wonderful food, and granola to die for. There’s one relatively close to downtown. :)