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Most people I know hate going to the dentist. Roy and I are no exception, but we both do it when we have to and can pay some of the hefty costs, because we’d like to have teeth as opposed to lose them all. However, we’ve not had good luck with our dentist since we moved up to Placerville in the Sierra foothills from Pleasanton in the San Francisco area.

Now, we’re fortunate in that we have dental insurance so our costs are generally fairly low, except for certain issues we both have with our own particular health that cause some of the copays to sometimes be a bit high. That’s ok. We generally will budget it in and work it out, because, like I say, we’d rather have teeth than the alternative.

Here’s a new one for us, particularly with the current medical insurance and health care climate the way it is. I had to cancel a dentist appointment the other day because of a conflict in my schedule. I had moved it previously … once when I was out of town at the last minute and once when our truck transmission went out and I couldn’t pay for the cleaning copay (~$430 for a “deep cleaning”). Anyway, I had to cancel again, this time due to a time and date conflict. I was going to reschedule as soon as I knew my calendar as I had the money budgeted in, but they pre-empted that and essentially “fired me” as a patient, because I “don’t respect their time”. LOL … ok … I contacted them a week and a half in advance to let them know so that they had plenty of time to schedule someone else. I suppose their dental business must be *BOOMING* right now … or not.

Anyway, they sent me a letter in the mail. They couldn’t even tell me when I cancelled this appointment … and they told my dental insurance carrier without my knowledge to change me “immediately” … because I don’t “respect them” … so the carrier DID change me … without contacting me, may I add … to a new provider … IN PLEASANTON, CA. Uhhhh … no … that won’t work. That is approximately 150 miles away from where I currently live. So I put in an online change request for a new provider in Placerville … and was advised that it won’t be effective until MARCH. Uhhhhh … no … wrong again, Slick. What am I supposed to do if there’s an emergency *NOW* … particularly since *I* am not the one that made the incorrect change in providers and I was not contacted directly about this? Expecting me to go 150 miles away to an area I do not live is completely unacceptable, don’t you think?

Like I’ve said before, Hollywood can’t make this stuff up.

This is laughable … and pathetic … all at the same time.

Only Roy and I can be “fired” by the dentist.

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Bambi.

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 That’s what many people think of when they hear the word, “deer” (unless they’re hunters).

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Deer

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… are not, at least in our not-so-humble opinions, …

Dear

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… particularly out on country roads …

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… as they tend to jump out at *very* inopportune times in front of unsuspecting vehicles.

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CRASH!

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This causes much damage to said vehicle and the cost is very …

DEAR

U.S. Coins and Paper Money 

… as in costly … and not as in … 

DEAR.

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It also generally makes said

DEER

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… very …

DEAD.

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Where Roy and I live up in the Sierra foothills, there are a *lot* of wild animals. We’re used to it. For the most part, they don’t bother us.  There are bears, mountain lions, coyotes, jackrabbits, squirrels, raccoons, etc etc etc.  We even have our share of rattlesnakes … but they have never bothered us, just as long as we don’t bother them.  We’re good with that.

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Deer

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… however … are *very* bothersome and tend to like to get in our way.

People in the cities think they’re *cute* (which they can be) and gentle (which they also can be). However, they can cause a lot of very costly damage.  Just ask us … we know.

Roy was on his way to work for some overtime this past Saturday.  We’re good with that.  Since he just started this job and the economy has been sucky (it’s a good word when you don’t want to swear) and finances for us for the past many years have been equally sucky … well … any offered overtime is good.  So he’s merrily headed to work because the overtime money will definitely help us out and doing a nice respectable 50 MPH on a 55 MPH road at approximately 8:20 AM this past Saturday, when, out of nowhere, a deer races down the hill and jumps right in front of Roy’s truck.

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BAM!

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Now … while I feel sorry for the deer … I feel much sorrier for Roy, for the truck, and for our bank account, particularly when our bank account is still reeling from the past several years.  Now … first and foremost in MY mind at least is … Roy is ok … which is good with me because he’d be much more expensive to fix … and impossible for me to replace.

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Anyway, he hit this stupid deer that apparently had a death wish on Saturday morning.  The truck was still drivable so he went to work and figured we’d deal with it this week. So he brought it to the body shop on Tuesday.

Geez.

First they say $700.  While we didn’t like that … it could have been worse.  Ok fine.  We’re ok.

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We’ll deal with it.

We should have known not to celebrate too soon.  Two days later they called back.

“Oh, we found more.  It’s going to be about $1100.”

WHAT?  Ok well that was our first assumption that it’d be about that … and our insurance deductible is high to keep our costs low so we figured … fine … we’ll *still* deal with it and just eat sparsely for the remainder of the month.  We are working on weight loss anyway, aren’t we?

Feet on a Scale 

So today they called again … which made Roy decide to go in and confront them because … well … now it’s up to $1500 … because apparently said deer …

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… wasn’t dear …

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… and cracked the AC unit as well as shoved it into the frame (or something like that anyway).

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We don’t like deer …

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… no matter how cute Bambi is.

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Geez … it would have been nice if at least the overtime amounts had covered the damage to the truck … and not made it so we’ve thought … well geez, it would have been cheaper had Roy just stayed home.  Oh well.  Life goes on.

So anywho …

… as you all know … I love my music … all kinds … and guess what good ol’ Frankie gave us … a great philosophy to follow here:

“I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king. I’ve been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing. Each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race. That’s life. I tell you I can’t deny it. I thought of quittin’, baby, but my heart just ain’t gonna buy it.” Frank Sinatra

This is just another one of those basic success principles we were taught as children.  It doesn’t matter HOW many times you get knocked down in life and end up flat on your face.  Get right back up and carry on for your heart’s sake, your peace of mind, and your self-image.  Quitting is not an option. It certainly won’t help you win.  Getting up and carrying on is what will. 

Don’t *ever* be a quitter.

Pick yourself up.

Dust yourself off.

Start all over again.

QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION.

We’ll figure it out … no matter what.

Remember … “A champion is someone who gets up even when he can’t.”  Curt Goad

Carry on, all … NO MATTER WHAT.

(We still don’t like deer.)

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Roy worked in downtown Boston for many years, just blocks from where the historic Boston Marathon and the cowardly attack occurred.  He and I are heartsick over what occurred there.  He is irate.  He knows the area personally.  He knows people that were there and in it.  His family is nearby.  Childhood friends are nearby.  Coworkers are nearby.  We are appalled at the devastation.  We are appalled at the attacker(s) cowardice.

Without a doubt, the attack was cowardly.

Yes … that’s right … *COWARDLY*.

*Cowards* don’t show their faces.

*Cowards* hide rather than stand and fight.

*Cowards* don’t try to work things out.

*Cowards* don’t address issues face-to-face.

*COWARDS* attack innocent people.

That’s true of the 9-11 attacks also … & any other terrorist attack that has occurred around the world.

*COWARDLY*

Plain, flat, and simple

Period

We, as Americans, will not be deterred.  We are not cowards. Do not underestimate our fighter spirit.  Many may have become complacent and lazy due to a relatively calm domestic political life … but when put to the test … the pioneer spirit … the “live free or die” spirit … the fighter spirit … the “don’t mess with me” spirit … the spirit of their ancestors … will rise full bore and the USA *will* fight back.  That’s what makes our country great.  That’s what makes our country successful.

Americans to the core are not cowards like the attackers are and were.

Boston, our support is with you.  Remember Bunker Hill.  Remember Paul Revere.  Remember your history.  FIGHT BACK.  The rest of the country is backing you, all the way to the California Sierra foothills in the middle of the Gold Country … to the Alamo in Texas … to the frozen tundra of Alaska … to wherever in this country you might be able to name.

Stand up and FIGHT!

Don’t let cowards take the fight from you.

FIGHT!

Don’t let even our government take your fighting spirit or ability from you.

FIGHT!

Don’t let ANYONE take the fight from you. 

FIGHT!

Roy and I … as well as people around the country and around the world … have your backs.

FIGHT!

Our ancestors … *YOUR* ancestors … are backing you.

FIGHT!

It doesn’t matter how hard it is.

FIGHT!

Success is achieved in business, life, politics, or personally in this manner.

FIGHT!

NO MATTER WHAT!

FIGHT!

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