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That’s Life©1966 #530 (8-29-14)*
By Ted Hickman Feel Free to Email:Tedhick@gmail.com
With A Stronger earthquake Here, What Happens?
One of my terms on the city council was during the Coalinga earthquake I think and I questioned what would happen, in a like situation, to our high school and the whole brick and mortar downtown areas. A half assed study was ordered and the results said basically the whole un-re-enforced downtown and the high school would collapse into a heap. I said, “We need to get his fixed and people need to know about it.” I was told to retro-fit would be too expensive but the high school complex was later closed because of this. The unreinforced downtown area, as far as I know, will still fold like a deck of cards if we take a strong or direct hit. There are faults between here and Vacaville and here and Winters. Needs to be looked into don’t you think…or a sign put up… “Visit the downtown area at your own risk”? What’s your city council done?
My first wife Linda happened to be up during the early Sunday shaker and said all of the wind chimes chimed, the fish bowl rocked, and the hanging stuff all over the house swayed. I slept. Both sons 10 miles from town in both the east and west directions felt it. Our rescue dog was un-characteristically restless and wouldn’t sit, laydown, or do anything but pace and go up and down the furniture and kind of whine from like 11 p.m. until about 2 and beyond I guess. She was restless to the point where I even told Linda I wondered if an earthquake was coming… interesting huh?
My city council candidacy of last resort turns another odd turn when the ballot came out with my name in the number one position and we had lunch at Asian gardens. After a reasonable and tasty meal I got a fortune that read, “You will take a chance in the future, and win…” Don’t that beat all?
Speaking of Asian Gardens, we took my 90 year-old mother-in-law to the Buckhorn to have one of Tommy’s famous Lamb burgers. She never liked lamb, like us, but tried it like we did and found it to be delicious. If you’ve never had his cooking ignore the lack of ambience and go to the Buckhorn for lunch… The guy is a trained chef and even his simple meals are a gourmet treat. The beer joint appears to be the last place to find a great cook and a good meal can be had but it is…He also caters and I’ve never heard a complaint about his food from any of his catered affairs.
Speaking of lamb, Bud’s downtown serves not only great lamb (like Tommy’s it doesn’t taste like lamb) but a mean chili burger. I’m not writing this for locals, they all know this about Bud’s and Tommy. I’m putting this out there for all of you in the bedroom community who never get to these places. Do yourself a favor and try any of the three…If you don’t think its great let me know. There’s some great fresh food locally with meats right from the slaughterhouse. You owe it to yourself to try some…trust me.
Saw A Roadrunner…
We were deer/pig hunting early Monday morning just outside of Williams about an hour from home on a 9,000 acre ranch. Saw a bunch of pigs (on property we couldn’t hunt of course), squirrels, a coyote and some dove. Not a deer so Linda’s tag goes unfilled for another year I guess. The cool highlight of the morning was a road runner popping out in front of us on a dirt road and then scampering down the road a bit and then off into a field. I knew there were some near Indian Valley reservoir and had seen a couple there years ago but this one was a surprise… Seriously first we saw a coyote and then the roadrunner…No, nothing from Acme; no beep-beep either.
- The roadrunner is uniquely suited to a desert environment by a number of physiological and behavioral adaptations:
- Its carnivorous habits offer it a large supply of very moist food. It reabsorbs water from its feces before excretion. Rattlesnakes Are part of its diet. Because of its lightening quickness, the roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador’s cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.
- A nasal gland eliminates excess salt, instead of using the urinary tract like most birds.
- It reduces its activity 50% during the heat of midday.
Its extreme quickness allows it to snatch a humming bird or dragonfly from midair.
…Kaiser Permanente has been caught in a misdeed of their own doing. My wife first Linda received a letter in the mail saying it was time for her annual dental check-up. She, like many many others, pays $20 a month on the senior advantage plan for dental insurance of sorts. So she goes to this dentist in Vacaville that was on the Kaiser approved list. They took X-rays, didn’t even look in her mouth, didn’t have her teeth cleaned and gave her a “proposed treatment plan” in the amount of $4,057.00. Perplexed she came out to the car and told me about it and said they wanted a $10 co-pay on top of the insult. I told her to tell them to stick their co-pay where the sun don’t shine…I don’t think she did that. But she didn’t pay the co-pay.
We get home and she’s telling her 90 year old mother about it and her mom said that’s why she hasn’t had her teeth cleaned or any dental work done that she needed for a couple of years. Another office on the approved on the same Alamo Dr. gave her a proposed bill for over $7,000. She said she was afraid to go back and did nothing.
I had them both go to my friend Dr. Jim Sanderson who looked at the reports and said, “Everything they have in the reports COULD be done…does it all have to be done now? No, I don’t think so.” He was our family dentist and still is for most of the family but when we had to drop Dental Dental and go with Kaiser he wasn’t on their approved list.
My concern is for all of the seniors out there on Medi-care who have Kaiser and have been forced to pay these folks thinking that Kaiser stands behind this and this work must be done.
I asked Kaiser for someone to make a statement about this and hit a stone wall saying it’s not really part of Kaiser’s Insurance plan but they just offer it as a kind of service. B.S. They charge the seniors $20 a month for this “service” and then they still have to pay a “co-pay”.
My advice is to save your $240 year and go to your local dentist and tell them you are on a limited budget and see what you can work out… but whatever you do don’t neglect your dental health because it can affect your overall health as well. You can also call Kaiser and tell them where to stick their dental plan. Oh, and on the proposed work sheet it shows Kaiser paying nothing towards treatment.
More Food For Thought
Saying touché makes you sound like a douche.
I just saw a homeless guy fall asleep with a lit cigarette in his mouth… probably explains why he’s homeless.
My wife treats me like a God… when things are going to crap she needs me and then when things are going well she forgets about me.
I can sing like Frank Sinatra and have the brains of Einstein… I think that’s why the girls call me Frankenstein.
You know the meeting HR held to improve employee morale has gone completely to hell when someone suggests sacrificing a chicken.
Would someone please help me with my “pope resume”… so far all I have is “I look fantastic in large hats”.
I exercise by jogging up the street going to every door and knocking and then moving on… I call it “Jehovah’s fitness”.
In all accuracy “The Never Ending Story” should have been a movie about a phone call from my mother.
They say a dog can retrieve a tennis ball from over a mile away… seems a bit farfetched too me.
Whoever said “there’s nothing as precious as a child’s laughter” obviously never fell down a flight of stairs in front of his kids.
I have a great deal of respect for strippers… it’s hard to dance by yourself and not look stupid.
My 10-year old grandson just told me that the things he did when he was 7 no longer reflect the person that he is now… I think I need a drink.
Children’s alphabet books are the only thing preventing us from completely forgetting what a xylophone is.
Watching my mother-in-law ordering at Starbuck’s is like watching a drunk gorilla trying to start a car with a French fry.
Location is truly important. If you’re at the grocery store rapping your knuckles on the melons searching for a good one is acceptable… at a strip club? Not so much.
Plumbing is a respectable job and pays well… the worst part is getting up at the butt-crack of dawn.
The one thing I learned from watching the World Cup is that Europe still hasn’t mastered the haircut.
The human male body is approximately 60-65% water… so I’m not fat, just well hydrated.
Doe, a deer, a female deer… Ray, a hunter with a gun…
I hate it when I’m mentally undressing a woman and my OCD kicks in and I start folding her clothes.
If you don’t believe in providing condoms to high school students just take away their toothbrush and deodorant… that should cut down on teen pregnancy.
Consumer Reports has published a list of things one shouldn’t buy used such as children’s car seats, plasma TV’s and vacuum cleaners… I’m surprised the top two on the list aren’t toilet paper and condoms.
We were watching the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra perform and halfway thru the guy on the triangle disappeared.
I took the grandkids to the waterpark and when a summer storm hit and it started to rain they began to cry ‘cuz they were getting wet… this is why I drink.
There’s a billboard advertising “Complete cremation $785.25″… this begs two questions. 1) is there incomplete cremation and 2) what’s the 25 cents for?
Birth control decisions should be a private matter between a woman, a large corporation and/or federal, state and local officials.
I found myself walking behind a guy with a tattoo on the back of his head that read… “If you can read this the Rogaine isn’t working”.
Sometimes I wish I had a butt so firm it could crack walnuts… but then I think how often do I eat walnuts?
Early mornings are great for spending time with family… and then they screw it up by waking up.
Historians studying religious mores of the middle ages have found documents recognizing farting as the eighth deadly sin. However seven was deemed to be a more auspicious number so the decision was made to cut one.