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Christmas with the Cranks [Dec. 31st, 2008|10:13 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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Just wanted to drop a quick note about Christmas with the Cranks before we move into the new year.

Insurance is a Bill of Goods
On the 22nd, I got a note in the mail from my dental insurance company. They informed me that despite the sales rep assuring me and the rest of the company that orthodontics was covered up to $1500 for life at 50% of the in-network rate and despite getting told the same thing while spending an hour on the 800 number, they would cover $0.00 of the orthodontic work up I had done to find out which additionally extractions I needed when I go in to have my wisdom teeth cut out. I called the 800 number and asked them why they had failed to cover any of the amount despite the assurances I was given.

Their answer? "Your employer has a plan that does not cover employees but rather only their children."

"Excuse me!"

They repeat their bullshit rhetoric. I'm livid but choose not to cuss this dumbass out as there's nothing he can do about it.

I immediately called the COO at home and explained the situation. He said that didn't sound right, that someone would need to call the insurance company the next day (Christmas Eve) and find out what was going on. The COO said he wouldn't be back in the office until December 31 and to have our accountant call and find out what was going on. Of course, I had an ortho appointment bright and early Monday the 29th when the balance of the money was due.

I left a message on the ortho's machine explaining the situation telling them we would have to tackle this problem first thing Monday morning.

I sent an email to the COO and the accountant explaining the situation and called her Christmas Eve morning to find out what was going on. The accountant informed me that the new insurance plan was just a cheaper version of the old plan under the old company.


Our dental policy only covers dependents up to age 19. The coverage for TYPe D Covered Service is explained in the dental booklet on page 50.


I want to sue someone for fraud and false advertising. I'll speak to the COO first thing when I get into work to see if he wants to try and twist their arm, but the damage is done. I canceled my ortho appointment this past Monday and rescheduled for the upcoming Monday. I sat down and calculated paying this expense out of pocket. Granted, I was prepared to pay 60% anyway, but this was crushing. Fortunately, I'll be able to pay cash for the entire expense and still be OK, but it is a setback nevertheless.

I think I may retain the insurance long enough to get the oral surgery and dissolve the political bands which have connected me to them.


The Long Road Home
I don't know why I did what I did next, but I did. I called Mom upset and proceeded to vent.

I wasn't for sure that I was going to go home Christmas. Dad had to work Christmas Day and so they decided to do presents Christmas Eve. Also, the extended family on Mom's side was having Christmas Lunch on Christmas Eve. This year it was on a Wednesday, a work day for me. I was sure I wouldn't be able to take the day off, but my boss said I could have it despite asking on Tuesday.

All of the last minute changes, inconveniences and non-traditions were throwing off my equilibrium. Because of the Thanksgiving episode, I had two offers to spend Christmas with co-workers' families, one of which is a Potential. As much as I liked the idea, I just couldn't bring myself to barge in on someone else's Christmas.

At the last minute, I decided to drive to Irondale an hour and a half away to go to extended family Christmas and then another hour to the great town of Juanita, Alabama to have Christmas with the Cranks. The worst part of this was extended family Christmas--the part I thought would be the most bearable!

Instead of traditionally getting $200 for Christmas, I got some clothes. I don't know that I'll use them except for the Alabama shirt and the brown hoodie that Mom bought me, and I'm not a hoodie fan!

There may still be those of you in Texas who read this blog. If you do, you might remember the black fleece I wore, pictured here:


fleece
My black fleece


I've worn that fleece for years. Before that, I wore a blue denim over shirt. I've had this quark for years that i always have to keep my arms covered because they get cold, but I hate wearing long-sleve shirts and prefer dressing in layers.

Though I have no picture to post of me in the brown hoodie because I did not receive a Nikon D60 for Christmas, I must say it looks damned good on me. Perhaps there will be pics one day soon, even if that means coercing whester into taking pics with my camera phone as we did here:


whesterisunsure
whester is unsure








And I got to see Dad and Mom enjoy their presents from me, something I thought I wouldn't get to do because of the tight schedule. I got Mom a copy of Vitus and Dad a copy of Something the Lord Made.




My sister gave me a copy of the Pride and Prejudice score.



Timon gave me a copy of the Children of Dune score.



I also got a copy of the Quantum Of Solace and Unbreakable scores.




And finally, my Christmas present to myself:

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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-12-31 03:31 pm (UTC)
"Your employer has a plan that does not cover employees but rather only their children."
You forgot the number one rule of insurance companies: Give nothing away. That sucks about the ortho, dude...and the timing. Its enough to turn someone into an axe murderer.

I had two offers to spend Christmas with co-workers' families, one of which is a Potential.
You were able to pull off Thanksgiving successfully because you did it right. You did FUCK ALL for Thanksgiving. Were you able to say you did FUCK ALL for Christmas, that would've been acceptable. Why do we humans feel the need to bind ourselves together annually for the sake of tradition? Not going to your folks for Christmas because its too stressful: WIN. Going to some co-workers instead: FAIL. It only works if you do FUCK ALL.

whester is unsure.
I've seen things more gay, but I can't quite place my finger on them. I like pictures of you where you look happy. And though you look as if you're about to be ass-raped in this picture (whester looks big and strong in addition to, 'stern' don't you think?) you appear very serene about the impeding action which will befall you. Stand strong, young man! Nice shirt.

And finally, my Christmas present to myself:
I'm sorry your Christmas present to yourself was something my wife and I tried to give away over and over, but every time we did whomever we gave it to would bring it back! We eventually just threw it in the trash, as we couldn't stand to have it in the house.

Just wanted to drop a quick note about Christmas with the Cranks before we move into the new year.
I look forward to reading your first post of 2009! Does this mean your posts (at least starting in the New Year, as I'm sure you'll be unable to maintain it) are going to be hope-filled stories of your motivations and successes? Finally put the whining, 'woe is me' posts behind you and face your destiny with gusto? GODDAMN I look forward to some rowdy fun from you! Grab the bull of life from his nuts son, and never let go!

Happy New Year dude.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-12-31 04:29 pm (UTC)
You forgot the number one rule of insurance companies: Give nothing away.
But don't I get a consolation prize for being lied to twice? It's like being defrauded or something.

the timing. Its enough to turn someone into an axe murderer.
There must be a God, because I somehow I restrained from turning into one. Despite Christmas not feeling like Christmas, I was nevertheless very pissed about this banality.

...FUCK ALL...
I was thinking of turning this into its own entry, but I wound up spend 2 1/2 days with the folks (that were tolerable) PLUS I got to hang out with one of my best friends (Timon) and his girlfriend. I call that a WIN.

whester is usnure
You uttered the same sentiments and comments the last time I posted this picture.

Nice shirt.
The brown hoodie I mentioned in my post also came with a purple button. It attaches on the left string of the hood.

I'm sorry your Christmas present to yourself was something my wife and I tried to give away over and over
Why are you sorry about this?

We eventually just threw it in the trash, as we couldn't stand to have it in the house.
I remember having this conversation when we discussed Lady in the Water. Your comment about that film was that "While I may never choose to watch this film again, I'm glad I had this experience."

That having been said, I like the conclusion of Unbreakable and thought the second disc was fantastic. Now that the set only costs $9, I decided it was time to add it to my collection.

However, given the clique on your recent post, henceforth, when I review a movie on my blog, I will always preface a positive review with the following as applicable:

ehowton will hate this movie. It was not written, produced or directed by George Lucas. John Williams did not score. It did not star Steve Martin and was not a comedy. I personally enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it. For all of these reasons, ehowton will hate this film.


Does this mean your posts are going to be hope-filled stories of your motivations and successes?
In a phrase, I don't know.

I have a lot of Apple and tech stuff I want to get written and pushed out over the long weekend. Lord and Savior Barack Obama, The Most Merciful is set assume His throne at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come January 20. Work will likely be hellacious starting with the accounts coming online the first of the year and end-of-year inventory. Money may be tight due to Lord Obama's confiscatory tax plan. I could fall in love and be crushed to pieces.

In short, anything's possible. Stay tuned.

P.S. Have a bottle of champaign on me tonight as you ring in the New Year.


Edited at 2008-12-31 07:35 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-12-31 10:37 pm (UTC)
ehowton will hate this movie. It was not written, produced or directed by George Lucas. John Williams did not score. It did not star Steve Martin and was not a comedy. I personally enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it. For all of these reasons, ehowton will hate this film.

This is as untrue as asserting that you only watch Oliver Stone films with Philip Glass scores, and masturbate while doing so. Come to think of it, I bet you do. Regardless, and I really get tired of repeating myself: Just because you say it, does not make it true.

The funny thing about being an individual, is that I don't have to bow to public pressure. I was more entertained by KotCS than by The Dark Knight. Get over it. The only really funny part of this, is that you yourself have stated over and over, concerning both Harry Potter and Star Wars that the only reason you haven't seen those movies is because they were popular, and only stupid things are popular. Seeing now that The Dark Knight is the most popular motion picture on the planet, you were either stupid hen, or you're stupid now. Either way you choose to look at it, you're asserting your stupid. I'll stick with my initial judgement. NOTHING YOU CAN SAY OR SHOW ME will make me forget that I was more entertained by KotCS. All the time you've been trying to prove you're not cattle, and come to find out you're their fucking leader. Go jizz on someone else.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-12-31 10:55 pm (UTC)
you yourself have stated over and over, concerning both Harry Potter and Star Wars that the only reason you haven't seen those movies is because they were popular
What a gross mis-statement. I said that I don't like the latter Star Wars films because Lucas sold out the store and therefore I refuse to see the former. I don't want anything to do with with Harry Potter because it's magic and wizards. I don't do magic and wizards.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-12-31 11:25 pm (UTC)
It hurts me that you're such an untruthful asshole, especially when the truth is so well documented. You have a very long history of making outrageous claims, then not backing up your words with any justification whatsoever. Most recently you did this with KotCS. You claimed you were "more entertained" by TDK and only after you dodged, ducked, dipped, dived, and...dodged, all the while throwing out accusation after baseless accusation, did you admit you never saw KotCS and finally justified that by saying you didn't have to. All that bullshit for what? Do you really think people can't see through your thin facade of masculinity? Stand up straight man, and face the motherfucking music like a man.

Your entire reply makes you look like a pussy, and here's my justification:

Here's where you stated you haven't seen nor read Harry Potterbecause it was popular:


Here's where you contradict your statement concerning magic and wizards:


This is even more disturbing when its one of your infantile mind games to accuse others of not sticking to a position. I'm sure you'll be able to orate plenty about how this is not applicable, but most people I know are way smarter than you, and can see for themselves that you're just a prick.

Sorry dude, but the whole lying to me about you being an ignoramus just isn't fun anymore.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-12-31 11:29 pm (UTC)
fine.

Fitting we should have this disucssion on New Year's Eve.

Goodbye.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-01 12:21 am (UTC)
I don't understand the auspiciousness of the date?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-01 12:23 am (UTC)
You have resources abundant enough to call me a liar in 20 seconds flat, but you can't figure out what's fitting about having an argument about how you're through with the "lies and bullshit" on New Year's Eve.

Let's see if you can crack this one without Googling the answer.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-01 12:24 am (UTC)
This comment made me giggle muchly.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-01 01:55 am (UTC)
HA! If your inferences were as blatant as your "intentional reversal of statements" I wouldn't need to ask.

Well played, sir, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-01 05:04 am (UTC)
Ha! I try.

Happy fuckin New Year's!
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