Friday, February 22, 2008

what about the optics, won't somebody please think of the optics?

Does anybody else see something wrong with these snapshots from my day?

1. I pulled into the recycing depot and spotted two massive recycling trucks parked there, both with motors idling, with the operators chatting in front of the bins. They were still there when I left. Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time separating the need to recycle from the need to stop idle idling.

2. We were told by the medical specialist that we need to see our own physician this week or early next week. However, the earliest appointment we can get is May 30. This has forced me to use the option of going to her website and paying $52.50 to ask her a question online. This is the second time I have had to use this option.

This is not universal health care in my opinion. I can afford to pay this if needed, but many people cannot. So they wait, and get sicker. The last time I checked we still live in Canada, so why is our health care system starting to look more and more privatized?

Okay, enough righteous indignation for one day. It is a Friday, after all, and a spectacularly gorgeous one here to boot, the kind of day where you take the liner out of your coat, leave the gloves in the front hall closet, and just prance about in your little loafers.

And with any luck, your Friday evening will take a page from the playbook suggested by my Friday Random Ten - ease into things with a couple of beautiful and gentle songs, get a little sassy, do some headbanging, get funky, indulge in a little angstiness, snap out of it with something weird, get smooth and mellow, get live and dirty, and finish up with some groove moves.

Have a beautiful night. Time for a glass of wine, I think.

Random Ten
1. moving pictures silent films - Great Lake Swimmers
2. grace cathedral hill - the Decemberists
3. such a twat - the Streets
4. cemetery - the Headstones
5. terrorists and inhalers - Dubblestandart
6. something in the way - Nirvana
7. junk man - the Fall
8. the rollercoaster ride - Belle and Sebastian
9. vamos - Pixies
10. bamboo banga - M.I.A


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'd pay good money to see you prancing about in your little loafers. And I could not agree more with you on the idling trucks.

mellowlee said...

Hmm I guess there are advantages to going to a walk-in clinic, tho it is awefully nice to have your own doctor. I try to look at it as I have my own team of drs. haha

I hope everything is ok with you *worried*

I'm gettin ready for the really gud shew, and having a moosehead beer :O) The hairdresser teased my hair out rocker chyck style, but it kind of fell flat by the time I got back home. Ah well! It still looks purty. *MWAH!* Have a good night!

justacoolcat said...

Oh man, I am going to quote your healthcare gripe. Good stuff.

Let's get this weekend rocking! Great list.

@wordv has seen my glass of wine "hefdi"

BeckEye said...

You need to start posting links, lady. I really needed to hear "Such a Twat." Now I'll have to go scour the internetz for that one.

Anonymous said...

liner in a coat?...gloves?....what are those?

Toccata said...

$52.50 to ask a question online? Gee, I'm wondering if I could convince my students they had to pay everytime they call me after hours to answer a question? I could call it my early retirement fund.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Idling vehicles, even more so than stupid vanity plates, makes me want to rip open the vehicle door and slap the person inside silly, Dr M.
I was all but doing a jig in my little loafers today; you should have seen me.

Tis all good, Mel, not to worry. Now you just go out there and you show those Swedes how to rock! Say hi to Howling Pele for me.

You and wv must have been spying on my, JustA cause my glass of wine is hefdi too!
If you quote my healthcare gripes as a justification for invading Canada, though, you will be on my shit list.

Your wish is my command, my fair Beckeye:
Here's the video,
But it's sort of a concept cd, so you really need to hear the whole thing to get the story. Let me know if you want to.

You nambly pambly west coasters, Kelly! And you grew up in Manitoba, shame on you!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sorry I missed you there, Toccata. I know, it's crazy, isn't it? If I were you I would start implementing that policy. You could call it your Alberta Advantage fund.

Gifted Typist said...

I've heard of having to wait months for a appt after GPs refer you to specialists, but since when do specialists refer people to GPs and make them wait months??

Something not right there.

justacoolcat said...

You really know me to well.

Blame the media for bragging about all Canada's oil.

jim dandy said...

wow you have health care? what is that? The thing that seems to help me is the 2 CD's I recently received from Calgary. One of them starts my every day, and the other one ends my every night. Have you considered what you've done for ecology by recycling music? Thanks for the great vibes!

Allison said...

That is just ridiculous. I didn't know such sites existed where you could pay and ask a question. That is just - yeah.

Hope your evening was grand though. I had a glass of wine last night. Well, technically five. Or perhaps I bottle. ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's completely bass-ackward, Gifted Typist, and more than a little time comsuming. If this keeps up I'll be able to offer my services as a patient advocate to help people wade through the medical syste.

They're having a big conference down in San Francisco right now about the Alberta oilsands, aren't they, Just A? Speaking of raping the environment, how about that bitumen extracting?

Yay! I'm so glad you received them, Jim Dandy! They may not replace universal health care, but I am glad that you are enjoying them. Music goes quite a way to curing what ails you.

It's the thin edge of the wedge, Al. It's a disturbing development, to say the least.
Now 5 glasses of wine on a Friday evening, that's just good medicine.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barb,
All levels of government do not practice what they preach. They all "talk the talk but they don't walk the walk". Being Green is sexy and all governments would love to have us believe that they are the saviors of the planet.
There is a small town north of where I live where the residents faithfully separate their recycles in separate bins at the depot. Then that town hauls the same bins to our landfill site. @#@# crazy!

If you want fantastic medical service just have a major medical screw up / mis-diagnoses by your family doctor and get platinum service for life.

Have a great weekend all!


Dale said...

Ah Friday. Okay, Saturday. I'm glad the week's behind me and the gas isn't idling from me.

Deb said...

I find the idling recycling trucks a bit contradictory as well.

It's like the boys & girls running things here. We're going green...the carbon tax will be introduced soon and while I applaud the fact that the government is thinking of the environment (no they're not, they want to grab more $$), I question the use of huge plastic building "wrappers" that will advertise the Olympics after the games. I don't know enough about them, but using massive plastic wrappers surely can't be good?

Dad needs more "emergency" testing for some spots that have shown up where his cancer was....booked for March 18. No good at all.

Deb said...

and pardon my insensitivity and rudeness...while I thought it, I should've said I hope things are o.k.

Deb said...

* the "after the games part" shouldn't have been there...I'd actually condensed my (even longer) comment and that was part of the "what happens with them after the games" part?



("after the games")

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Nah, I'll pass on the major medical screwup part, Bruno. I'd rather practice my medical queue jumping.
Do the people of the small town north of you KNOW what is happening to their recyclables? Why are they not lynching somebody?

Tough week, Dale? Well, loosen up your belt and let that gas idle, my dear.

Let me get this straight, Deb, they are wrapping buildings in plastic to advertise the Olympics after the fact? Makes perfect sense to me. Oh wait a minute, I just figured it out.
But how do they open the doors when the building is wrapped in plastic?
My thoughts are with your dad as he goes through this latest challenge. It's good he has you there to support him. (We're good here)

Anonymous said...

you know you called several of us nambly pambly?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's true, Kelly, but I am a pretty fast runner.