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April 19th, 2011

06:34 pm: Strange Adding

Last night I watched TV and taped a show to watch tonight. I read the paper and got to bed to read about midnight but got so sleepy that I stopped at 3:30am. I got up at 1pm, after about five waking hot flashes, and headed out to get groceries.

On the way home, I got yesterday's mail which included a set of forms from Comcast telling me that if I don't get a digital adapter or set-top box, I'll lose a lot of channels. They're free (now, at least), so I ordered a digital adapter which will be sent free for me to install. I also got an EOB (Explanation of Benefits) from Kaiser Permanente for my March meds. I skimmed it and then caught something I was sure was wrong. I roughly calculated in my mind the amount the plan paid in March several times and it always came up about $150. However, the total shows $500.20. I looked at January's, which was fine, and then February's, which had $500.20 accurately. I spent 28 minutes on the phone getting up three levels in the Medicare section of Kaiser where I found out that the computer guys already knew they screwed up and would fix it in April's. You'd think the lower levels of folks would know that. I can't be the only person who noticed.

And the WashPost agent sent me a bill on 4/12 for a time period until 6/06 and I had that paid on 4/5. I emailed him; I've done that before and wonder why he doesn't get seven days notice from the newspaper.

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06:41 pm: Dragon's Fire by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey

This is the third book, but is by both mother and son, is YA, and roughly covers the same time (and some same people) as Dragon's Kin. It could be read without reading that one first.

This one mostly involves firestone, mines, watch-whers, harpers, and the Shunned. Again, people tend to be good or bad, but at the end, the female protagonist, who has been brave the whole time, becomes sappy because of a boy.

It's not bad, and I plan to start the fourth when I finish the library book I'm reading, which has one major element that matches this.

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