Sunday, November 3, 2013
Anyway, how can you possibly call yourself a news channel when you let your parent company's monetary concerns interfere with your reporting of the news? You can't. In addition, I went to the Bay News 9 website and couldn't find the story listed anywhere. What they won't do for their advertisers.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
In addition, some of the suppliers on the Medicare list informed me that they did not offer diabetic testing supplies and they couldn't imagine how they wound up on the list. I was forced to move on to the local pharmacies.
She sought the help of another worker who determined that she had entered my Medicare account number incorrectly. Finally, we were making progress. Next, she wanted my drug provider's card. I explained that that wasn't necessary because testing supplies were not considered a drug, they were covered under Medicare B the balance to be picked up by my supplemental insurance. No, she wanted my drug card. So, though she didn't really need it, I gave it to her. She was ready to roll.
I didn't want to sound like a broken record, but I thought it important to convey to these people, and by now I'd drawn the attention of several including the rotund and bespectacled pharmacist that these supplies were covered by Medicare Part B and my supplemental. I did note also that according to the information on the Medicare site CVS accepted the Medicare payment as payment in full so no supplemental would be required. They knew better.
Their lack of understanding about how Medicare worked especially in regard to testing supplies was very frustrating. I couldn't believe they had never had to deal with this issue before, but evidently they hadn't or, if they had, they'd been dealing with it improperly.
Fat boy, the pharmacist, started getting feisty. "Can’t you see?” he sneered. “This takes time.”
"Can’t you see?" I responded. "I want my prescriptions back." They were not quick to comply, forcing me to add, "Now!"
I got there around two thirty and saw that Adrienne wasn't on duty. This wasn't immediately alarming, but when the girl asked for my insurance card I knew I was in trouble. Once again I tried to explain to these health professionals, the substitute pharmacist included, that testing supplies were taken care of by Medicare Part B. When they wanted to charge me twenty bucks, I informed them that my supplemental insurance would pick up the balance. They refused to consider this possibility, implying that I was confused. The pharmacist was particularly adamant, insinuating that I didn't know what I was talking about.
So, I paid the money and got out of there with my supplies before they changed their mind. By this time I was almost out of test strips and couldn't start all over again with another drugstore.
Subsequently, I called Medicare, and Florida Blue, my supplemental, and both affirmed that I was right. Big deal, being right hadn't done me much good so far. A rep from Florida Blue called Publix and tried to explain to them how these transactions are supposed to go down with Medicare paying most and my supplemental picking up the rest. I don't know who he talked to, and I don't know if they believed him. But, I'm still waiting to hear back. He suggested that if Publix didn't straighten out the problem and give me my money back, I should seek out another vender. Easier said than done, I say.
Which brings me back to where I started. Why were these changes made? Whose bright idea were they? Why am I now forced to deal with a bunch of people who don't know the first thing about Medicare, when the people at the mail order house had been thoroughly schooled in the proper procedures? Do any of the geniuses in Washington actually think this is better? For who? That's what I want to know. For who?
Monday, July 8, 2013
Next week, July 18–21, world golfers will gather in Gullane, Scotland, at the legendary Muirfield links course for the 2013 British Open or, as it's known in Great Britain, The Open Championship.
The Open Championship was first held at Muirfield in 1892 and has been contested there fifteen times, most recently in 2002 when Ernie Els won the championship. Among the previous winners are Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Walter Hagen and Harry Vardon.
Nicklaus once described Muirfield as "the best golf course in Britain." But the course Jack remembers has been altered by several subtle changes. Over the winters of 2010 and 2011, changes were made at fifteen holes to ensure that Muirfield remained a challenge for the world's best golfers. Those changes included several new bunkers in selected drive areas, moving greenside bunkers to tighten the entrances to greens, the enlargement of greens to provide more championship pin positions, and the introduction of six new championship tees lengthening the course to 7245 yards. Perhaps, the most noticeable difference involves the 9th Hole which is now a difficult par 5, particularly when playing into a prevailing wind.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Born in Germany, Albert Bierstadt (1830 – 1902) is best known for documenting the beauty of American West’s scenery while on several expeditions of the Western Expansion. He founded the Rocky Mountain School of Landscape. Painting through his precise, natural and light-drenched artworks. Bierstadt painted huge, dramatic images of the Rocky Mountains and Yosemite with the hope of recreating their splendor for Easterners.
Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany. His family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1833. He early developed a taste for art and made clever crayon sketches in his youth. In 1851, he began to paint in oils. He studied painting with the members of the Düsseldorf School in Düsseldorf, Germany from 1853 to 1857. He taught drawing and painting briefly before devoting himself to painting.
"The magnificent beauty of the natural world is a manifestation of the mysterious natural laws that will be forever obscured from us." ~ Albert Bierstadt
Bierstadt began making paintings in New England and upstate New York. In 1859, he traveled westward in the company of Frederick W. Lander, a land surveyor for the U.S. government, returning with sketches that would result in numerous finished paintings. In 1863 he returned west again, in the company of the author Fitz Hugh Ludlow, whose wife he would later marry. He continued to visit the American West throughout his career.
Truly all is remarkable and a wellspring of amazement and wonder. Man is so fortunate to dwell in this American Garden of Eden." ~ Albert Bierstadt
Though his paintings sold for princely sums, Bierstadt was not held in particularly high esteem by critics of his day. His use of uncommonly large canvases was thought to be an egotistical indulgence, as his paintings would invariably dwarf those of his contemporaries when they were displayed together. The romanticism evident in his choices of subject and in his use of light was felt to be excessive by contemporary critics. His paintings emphasized atmospheric elements like fog, clouds and mist to accentuate and complement the feel of his work. Bierstadt sometimes changed details of the landscape to inspire awe. The colors he used are also not always true. He painted what he believed was the way things should be: water is ultramarine, vegetation is lush and green, etc.¹
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Thursday, July 4, 2013
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
historic Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, few were wondering if this would be the year an Englishman finally took the top prize. And fewer were cognizant of the fact that a Brit hadn't won the title since Tony Jacklin performed the feat back in 1970.
Justin Rose posted a respectable one over par 71 for round 1, respectable, but still four strokes behind the leader with 15 competitors ahead of him. Actually, Luke Donald, another Brit, who had shot a two under 68 and was tied for second one stroke behind Phil Mickelson would have seemed a better bet to bring the crown back to England.
Rose's second round 69 on the treacherous course brought him back to even par and suddenly he was tied for second place along with Luke Donald and Steve Stricker, one stroke behind Mickelson and Billy Horschel.
His one over 71 for round 3 dropped him a couple slots to a tie for 5th. Still, he was only two strokes behind and in the hunt.
The final round proved to be a test of skill and nerve. Phil Mickelson who had had a share of the lead for the first three rounds started off poorly, three-putting the third and fifth holes for double bogeys. However, he took back the lead with an eagle on the 10th. Justin Rose responded with birdies on the 12th and 13th. A bogey by Mickelson on the 13th gave Rose the lead.
Through 16 holes, Rose had five birdies and five bogeys and a one-shot lead over Mickelson. He managed par on the challenging final two holes, finishing with an even-par 70 for a 281 (+1) overall.
Meanwhile, Mickelson narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 16th that would have tied Rose and failed to birdie either of the final two holes. His +3 overall dropped him into a tie with Jason Day for second place.
For Rose, it was his first major title. He completed the tournament without any double bogeys. On his win, Rose commented "It feels fantastic. I committed myself to the process this week. I committed myself to putting a strategy in place that I hoped would work in five-to-10 years in delivering major championships ... it's a moment where you can look back and think childhood dreams have come true."
Consistency was the secret to Justin Rose's success. Like 2nd place finisher Jason Day, he is sponsored by TaylorMade Golf. Here's a list of the equipment he used to capture the 2013 U.S. Open title:
DRIVER: TaylorMade R1 Driver (9.5 degree) with a Matrix OZIK 6M3 Black Tie shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Tour Fairway Woods HL (16.5 degree) with a Matrix 7M3 Black Tie shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour Irons(3-6), TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (7-PW) with KBS C-Taper shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade ATV (52, 56 and 60 degree) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Spider Blade
BALL: Lethal Golf Ball