Here’s some insanity for you…

Yesterday, while working in my back yard, my hearing aid fell out of my ear and dropped to the ground.  I (among others) spent around three hours searching for it with no luck.  Today, I called the VA for a replacement.

Here’s how our tax dollars are spent:

The VA will not give me a new set of hearing aids without a complete physical.  That, in itself, isn’t too bad because at my age you can’t get too many physicals BUT instead of picking up the phone and requesting the pertinent records be faxed over from the hospital at Wright-Patterson (I had a physical four moths ago), the VA requires that THEY do all the work – which effectively duplicates every bit of work already done.

The VA is always yammering about “how crowded they are” and “how they can’t possibly deal with all the veterans who apply” so why in hell do they ‘require’ someone who already has a complete medical history to come all the way across town and get yet another physical workup at their hospital?  I have no idea how much time, effort, and money is spent doing this, but it certainly could be eliminated with a simple phone call and a facsimile machine.

So, here’s how things stand:

1) I have to wait until the 10th of September for the physical (in the AM) and a new hearing test (in the PM — which I could use since my last one was three years ago for renewal of my disability)

2) In the interval, I will have to go back to reading lips to understand completely what everyone is saying since I only have one hearing aid.

3) Last time (when I broke one of hearing aids by stepping on it when IT fell out of my ear) it took a grand total of two weeks to replace it.  Now, apparently, the VA has had “updated procedures” they have to follow that were dictated by the head bureaucrat-in-charge-of-government-spending-of-our-tax-dollars.

Talk about government boondoggles, this one is the boondoggliest.

 

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A new novel started over on Booksie.com

Just finished posting Chapter 1 of a new novel/short story/novelette or whatever you’d call it.  It’s a departure from my last one only in that I’ve added a little spice to it.  The rating system at Booksie is a bit vague, so I marked it PG or Mature; mostly for the language and such.

Still the same general theme, but this time it takes place in a mountain cabin in Colorado.  Two people, who were maintained a ‘just friends’ relationship find that they were really only deceiving themselves and let love blossom.  Yeah, I know – kinda corny.  But, what the heck, I’m kind of a corny guy.

Yesterday (the 5th) I lurched over into my seventh decade of life.  Yup, that’s right – I turned 70.  Several forums I participate in have Happy Birthday threads running.  It is heartwarming to find that I do indeed have a number of friends that, even thought we’ve never met, treat me like very a close friend.  I like that very much.

My sister, Penny, is still sending me really funny stuff, but I’ve been tied up with all sorts of things going on and just haven’t found the time to post any of it.  I’ll try to get some of funnier ones out soon.

I finally played Taps over my truck and turned it in to buy a 2012 Ford Escape.  It’s a beauty too.  Very nice color of blue, with cream-colored (or coloured, for my friends elsewhere) winterier.  I temporarily put the old plates from the truck on it, but the color (colour) had eroded from the lettering so badly that nothing was left.  Since I plan on taking a couple of trips, I didn’t want to get stopped in Podunk, Arkansas and be told by a cop that he couldn’t read my plates from ten feet away.   So, I went to the DMV (Department of Monetary Victims) and paid for a new set of plates.  I got a real doozy of a letter combination “FOZ” + four numbers.  This helped me create a name for my new ve-hickle: “Fozzie”.

Here’s a picture:

New SUV
Heeeeeere’s Fozzie!!!!

I think this one’s going to be a real nice car to drive.  Next week, I’ll have Ziebart add a trailer hitch and do their 10-year rustproofing gig.  I won’t have this one getting eaten up by rust like the truck.

Anyway, that’s about it.  If you want, let me know what you think of the first chapter of the book/novel/novelette/whatever.  You can find it here:

http://www.booksie.com/romance/novel/tom_oldman/snowbound/chapter/1

PS:  It’s HOT!  Went up to 104 today and last night never went below 86 degrees.  My grass is ‘crunchy’.