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June 24, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Nothing ventured. Nothing gamed.

Two military officers reading papers (USPD. CR expired. pub.date.released. Australian War Memorial./Brooke-Popham & Wavell./Commons.wikimedia.org)

It says pencil. Best not to question the form. OK. That’s it. Let’s move out. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Decision made. The car full of gas. Final potty break call. The check list given one last glance.

Wait. Pencil sharpener. Did you grab the pencil sharpener? The pencil is bound to break.

Wait. Did you download the request forms? Easier to do that here.

Water bottles. Masks.

Crowd Predictor phone app on.

Gads. Is it even worth the effort?

Sounds like a major military offensive march.

We had indecisively wavered, but the opportunity suddenly appeared.

No better time to chance it: Father’s Day – at lunch time – so most would be busy – and on top of that, it was dark, stormy, and rainy!

Surely it would be as safe as possible to run into Lowe’s and grab a couple of bags of dirt (“Get 2 to last the summer. Don’t want to have to go back.”) and if able to be done quickly, grab two small flowering plants.

Who else would be there on this day, at this time, in this weather?

We had a finely honed plan:

Commandeer a small cart out front for the dirt, a brisk run through the Garden Center entrance, head down the far right aisle directly to the target while head swivels to the left attempting to spot desired plants might lead to a one person peeling off to acquire said item quickly before rendezvousing at predetermined dirt location. A super fast, coordinated, double-handed loading of bags onto cart, then a dash to the plexiglass wrapped register, a quick card slide, waving off the receipt, finally lunging out as fast as Santa’s sleigh ride on Christmas Eve sprinting from  the Garden Center gate to the car and the gel hand sanitizer and de-masking before passing out from sauna moist heat and effort.

Only, no. Foiled again!

A giant EXIT ONLY banner now tied across the Garden Center entrance?

Any hope of sneaking in anyway was dashed upon spotting a large, scowling man in a Lowe’s vest guarding the fence gap – only opening and closing the gate to allow people to escape outward with their purchases.

There were arrows directing people to the main entrance. To go inside. INSIDE. Inside a closed, crowded area. Just what they say to avoid.

Oh, healthy one-way aisles inside, so just try to make a stampede run to the Garden Center area and the safer open air. “We are making you safer! You want to be safe don’t you?” Haunting sounds of mooo and baaaa echoing from deep within the looming depths…

A wandering maze of this ways and that ways and NO, YOU CANNOT GO THAT WAYS snaking through the indoor cavern.

Unfortunately, no one said to pack bread crumbs in case you make a wrong turn at an intersection in the COVID protection labyrinth. Wouldn’t do any good anyway: it’s all one way and people are so hysterical and so quick to attack. “Don’t dare object to illogical herding you germ ridden maggot .”

“Helpful” is no longer in people’s vocabulary, it seems. Fear does odd things…

Men fighting in outside desert gate. 1915 film "Curse of the Desert". Bison Motion Pictures. (USPD. no CR restirctions/Flickr/NY pub.Lib./Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Unhand that plant. How dare you think you can enter through the Exit. It is properly marked. Now go out and come in the proper way and we’ll consider letting you buy that plant.”(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Something stopped us from entering the Maw of Doom 

The large, scowling man in the Lowe’s vest guarding the Garden Center portal could not block what was witnessed as he swung open the covered gate to release those fleeing.

There were double lines – parallel – about an arm’s reach apart. A pandemic of people heel to toe waiting for their turns. The registers’ dams making people spread air tread water and hope it’s only a SAL outbreak not a COVID victim behind them.

Uh, no. I can live in a world of less dirt.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Post script: Oh, we did drive by a small Home Depot and saw their Garden Center gate wide open. The view through the chain link fences showed absolutely no one inside either. Works for me.

The backup plan was to online order a couple of bags of dirt from HEB for curbside delivery and pickup…Oh, we would have ordered some food items, too…just so it wouldn’t seem so wrong to take up a food delivery time spot for dirt….Hmmm, maybe a stalk  drive by of their outdoor garden plant section before the next grocery order…(Why can’t the darn squirrels transport and drop seeds from other places of plants you actually want?) 

Worried German Shepherd and officer at a table with Pith Helmet. (Image from Dutch National Archives/Harry Pot/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Please. I don’t know what came over me. It’s only a small chunk out of the Pith Helmet” (My dad had one of those: both the hat and the remorseful dog who mistook it for a chew toy…it was only a small chunk. We could never get Dad to go for a new unchomped one. “Still perfectly good. Seasoned,” he laughed. (Dutch National Archives /Commons.wikimedia.org)

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  1. shoreacres / Jun 24 2020 6:20 am

    I’m genuinely curious — why didn’t you go to Maas? Perhaps they weren’t open then… but I’ve been there twice, and it was a perfectly civilized experience. I highly recommend it, should you recover sufficiently to try another run!

    Oh — and the wonderful Fruits n Such orchard now has an herb garden! You can clip them yourself; there’s nothing fresher than that.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2020 6:38 am

      While Maas is the best choice for plants and easy in and out – and it’s so refreshing and restorative there. But it’s the traffic with the bridge construction and all the tourists heading for the Boardwalk restaurants that day…and the possible muddy hike after parking. Something of a spur of the moment thing I was surprised to pry He-who-will-not-move out.Ha Ha (And there was one hardware item – a sprinkler head just cracked up and gave up the ghost…a temporary fix in place. Sprinkler parts easy to grab in at Home D. without wandering around. Luckily it’s been raining)
      Another good thing coming out of this virus is more people are discovering and having time to explore cooking. Fresh is good! (I laughed when HEB and grocery stores started limiting how many frozen dinners people could buy – apparently there were stacks and stacks being carried out. Even I (who thinks anything outside is more fun than cooking) can’t imagine anything more depressing day after day.)
      Thanks for clipping a comment to leave here! (gotta get Molly out before the next deluge – pretty dark out there)

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  2. disperser / Jun 24 2020 7:36 am

    Yep . . . a veritable expedition, venturing out is.

    I actually wear a pith helmet whenever I work out in the yard (it’s a pith helmet in name only . . . it’s actually plastic). I had one when I worked as a mailman (summers and holidays when I was in college) and ever since then, I’ve always had one for yardwork. No dogs yet; maybe someday (I hope).

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2020 10:14 am

      So much for spontaneity. When we escaped working in offices years ago (fast internet and we’re good here), one real bonus was just impassively deciding to do things like head to the beach, taking the dog(s) to one of the local hiking trails, eating on a bayside patio – all during uncrowded times. Sigh.
      Dad’s pith hemet which came undoubtedly from the local Army Surplus store back when those were really military surplus.That place was our Target/Costco/Walmart. The navy’s bell bottom jeans were fabulous fit, lasted forever and were cheap. That pith helmet was made of some weird stuff with criss crossing fibers…probably asbestos or something equally weird. I should have grabbed that hat before we sold the house. Classic, indeed.
      Thanks for hiking in to chat

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  3. Ally Bean / Jun 24 2020 8:12 am

    Drat! Your plan is exactly what we’ve been putting together. We need dirt, and a few other items available in Lowe’s. I was hoping to quickly get in and out, but I suspect that your experience is universal. Double drat. No one delivers dirt around here– unless you order it by the ton. 😑

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2020 9:51 am

      It may be a regional/county move as that Lowe’s (with better plants at a lower price) is just across the “border” in the Big City’s county and they have different mandates than our county. Might be worth a call to check on procedure. Weekends are a terrible time to go anywhere – but who the heck would go in the rain at lunch time on Father’s Day? Sigh.
      Our Home Depot does have designated parking spots where you call in, pay, and they toss it in the car without contact. But some of our neighbors a few weeks ago got together and put a Home Depot order in by phone for dirt, fertilizer, mulch, and one patio furniture grouping (everyone’s spending so much more time outdoors) – together they made the delivery amount. It was all delivered and put on one driveway, then everyone took turns with their little red wagons/wheelbarrows and picked up their share. One said he figured slitting the delivery fee was easier than trying to go to the store himself. You might try a neighborhood group order?
      Everyone sure is getting creative these days as we adapt.
      Thanks for trimming up a comment to leave

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  4. sustainabilitea / Jun 24 2020 9:26 am

    I/We’ve been to Lowe’s during the day during the week and it hasn’t been bad. They did have the sign up but no muscle guarding the garden center door so we just walked in that way anyway, got our things, and made our escape by paying a young women behind a plastic shield but with her mask not covering her nose. Sigh. I’ve also seen workers pull masks up and down, destroying the purpose and efficacy. Ahh, well.

    No rain here, needless to say, and plenty of dry heat, about 109/110 degrees worth of it today and then next day or two. I’m so glad to be a morning person here!

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2020 10:04 am

      Normally we don’t venture out on weekends – a tourist area, but mistakenly thought people would be busy other places on Father’s Day.
      The masking concept/understanding is seriously lacking for some…or their actions may be just indication that they think masking isn’t important.
      We are wondering about restaurants …you have to have masks to go in, the employees have masks, some places check temperature even…but once at your table, you can take masks off – to eat, drink, and talk? People are constantly walking by, too. Really difficult. If and when we go out to ear, we’ll be on a giant patio area with space.
      Most places here are back into “must mask” if indoor a business, bar, or restaurant…and they are suspending licenses of places with too many people and not insisting on masks as a precaution – cases ( not deaths) are showing up…generally in the under 60yrs group. No one is pointing at the big block parties, crowds in recreation areas /bars, marches or the fact that now everyone’s back inside with the AC on high (cool and indoors, perfect for flourishing).
      Yep, it’s summer: you need blankets, sweaters and masks indoors now HaHa
      Still stormy but managed to get the dog out twice – and with breeze and clouds we didn’t melt…Molly Malamute is so bored she’s running around the house tossing a wet towel around …we al need to get out more!
      Enjoy that shade. Thanks for shopping a comment here

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      • sustainabilitea / Jun 24 2020 10:46 am

        The whole mask issue really annoys me as do the people whining about it and talking about “my rights” and that it’s all a government hoax. More people are wearing masks now that we’re all supposed to (again) but certainly not everyone. We have the same reservations (so to speak) about restaurants. When I took our daughter and s-i-l to Sedona last Friday, we ate at a place where we were on the patio and no tables were within 6′. There was hand sanitizer on the tables and the servers all wore masks. But I won’t be making eating out a habit any time soon!

        Then there’s the whole issue of wearing a mask correctly. If I go grocery shopping and go to more than one place, I leave my mask on the entire time until I’m all done. Taking it on and off exposes you to the very germs you’re trying to avoid. I’ve seen workers in stores pulling them up and down, again exposing themselves to any germs they may have picked up. So it you take off a mask to eat in a restaurant, you really need to have another one to put on if you’re doing any more shopping, etc.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2020 12:33 pm

          While a bit of a hype, we know people who have died.
          So many people have little understanding of science now. The whole concept of washing hands (and just use soap) and not touching your face – was like news to many.
          Getting people to make manage masks correctly is almost a lost cause.
          It would help if gov. experts would stop reversing what they just said the day before and not lie to the public (Fauci admitted he lied repeatedly about danger of this virus and even about masks – he justified it, but his credibility is shot and done.)
          People are tired of whiplash info and recommendations. Many are furious that individuals are targeted about mask yet thousands and thousands in crowds are ignored/excused. “What’s the use/point”, they ask. And people are just down right cranky from locked down for so long.
          In the county next door and the cities in both directions, there are mandates and signs on all business and indoor places that say “No shirt, No mask. No shoes. No service” Works for me. Don’t like it, go somewhere else.
          No way will we go to the local boardwalks by bay or gulf – they don’t want to discourage tourists – especially those from areas where masks are mandated that take the short drive this way.
          Back to “oh, give me a home….and there skies are not cloudy all day.”

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          • sustainabilitea / Jun 24 2020 3:25 pm

            I get the ever-changing message idea. What people don’t understand is that this is a new virus, so everyone, including health care people, are trying to figure out what works best. I’m looking forward to getting to the mountains of Wyoming where there’s hardly anyone around to give you any germs of any kind. 🙂 Of course first you have to navigate town for groceries and so on and probably people there are less likely to wear masks, but I can deal with that. 🙂

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2020 3:52 pm

            Actually what information was leaking out through med channels/sources/overseas doc to us in late Jan has turned out to be exactly what is being said now…odd the in between smoke and mirrors by our own “experts. Puzzling to us.
            It is a new virus but what was known then turned out to be factual and admittedly true now. Better to treat people as adults rather than trying to “manage” their behavior/psychological responses by half truths, purposely vagueness when actual evidence and facts will say differently eventually. Worse to lose confidence in experts. People handle scary things pretty well when treated honestly. Otherwise after a bit people just shrug and say “why bother to listen?”
            Escaping to big skies sounds wonderful. You can mask up and run in and out to get what supplies you can’t carry along. Just thinking about the scenery is restorative and soothing. Open spaces rock!

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          • sustainabilitea / Jun 24 2020 7:06 pm

            Preachin’ to the choir. 🙂

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  5. The Coastal Crone / Jun 24 2020 12:40 pm

    Too funny! Seems we have to plan our shopping. Husband and I made a run for potting soil. I never thought about ordering it from HEB but that would work as we have ordered groceries from there. We only get out for necessities. I fear we may give up getting out at all – too much trouble – and may not live long enough to life to be normal again. Cheers! But we can’t lose our sense of humor. Heading to HEB this afternoon.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2020 1:43 pm

      One of my neighbors tossed in a bag of mulch on her HEB cart last week along with bread, lettuce, and the rest…she said the checker didn’t blink an eye.(only asked if she needed help loading the car). While waiting for curbside groceries today, I noticed they have some stellar Mediterranean Date multi trunk palms priced well…might have to commandeer someone’s pickup for one of those HaHa. They also have a good batch of herbs plants listed online.
      When looking at possible relocation houses, the first question is “How far to HEB and Costco?” Luxury is different for different people.
      Thanks for carting a comment this way

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  6. anotherday2paradise / Jun 24 2020 3:49 pm

    As Robbie Burns once noted, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” 😅

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2020 3:54 pm

      Oh, so glad you added that. In the first draft that was right up front. Always a popular phrase in my family. Thanks for the astute addition

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  7. Kate Crimmins / Jun 24 2020 5:49 pm

    Home Depot is definitely a 7 to 8 a.m. run during a weekday. You were brave to attempt a Sunday even if it was a holiday. What better place to spend father’s day than HD? Today I went to our Garden Center (not a chain) and it was wonderful. There were less than 5 customers and it’s almost all outdoors. Dang I forgot to buy dirt so I’ll have to go again before the weekend. I thought people weren’t working so why are weekends still busier?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2020 4:13 pm

      Gads who thought anyone else would be there! Storming. Oh, a spur of the moment thing since we were in the area. We should have just gone to the close HD, but Lowe’s has better plants…it just doesn’t seem like summer without a couple of new plants.
      I’ll hope to slip by a small local garden spot this week – they tend to be seriously organic and “natural” or translated that means “expensive”…but they plants almost always live no matter how tiny they are when you buy them.
      Offices are open here. We’ve noticed a huge decrease in people walking kids/being outside recently – traffic back for commuters. Masks are back now – a good thing – and bars were supposed to be closed Fri (also a good thing..the sickies are generally 17-27 age bracket now…most go home, not hospitals no matter what the news seems to be yelling). Sigh. This is getting very tedious.
      (Hey did your news stations feature clear face masks? A big hit with hearing impaired. I’m wondering if schools shouldn’t consider them for teachers, too. What social development is being harmed by masked talkers? Sigh again.)
      Thanks for wandering this path

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      • Kate Crimmins / Jun 28 2020 6:31 pm

        I love the clear masks concept! Yep, we’ve been hearing bad news about Texas. Hope it’s ok where you are. It’s all so tedious!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2020 7:50 pm

          The virus numbers look pretty good here – actually glad the bars are closed and masks are back – lots of tourists and beach goers stopping back by the Bay’s boardwalk to eat/drink before going home to the big city (which does have a big increase).The numbers you hear nationally about Houston actually cover a 9 county area – a pretty big area. The ICU beds are still summer “Normal” capacity, but they are asking people to cool it to avoid it getting worse. But it’s summer vacation and party week. Fingers crossed.

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  8. Littlesundog / Jun 25 2020 6:38 am

    We rarely get out… so we’re lucky here. We feast off the garden, have chickens and lots of eggs, and Forrest is a hunter so there’s meat in the freezer. I can order most everything online that I need. I do go to the farm store for chicken feed every two weeks, and I hit the grocery store every three weeks for a few perishables. Today I have a dental appointment. That should be interesting.

    I don’t worry about other folks wearing masks or not or how they wear them. I’d hate to be a store employee and wear one of those all day. Common sense says that isn’t even healthy. COVID-19 has made me glad I grew up a farm girl. It’s made being prepared and knowing how to raise my own food and survive without “going out”, worth the effort. As Bocephus said, “Country Folks Can Survive!”. (Now I have that tune stuck in my head, feeling a big farm girl “tude” going on.)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2020 4:38 pm

      Luckily we are close to a big HEB with online ordering and curbside pickup. We also have a freezer.
      Can’t wait to hear your dentist trip observations – here the health dept says put off yearly check ups, but go to dentist if you have pain or broken teeth as teeth do affect the heart/ get infections started. The dentist seen on tv here have basically created isolated patient rooms with plastic and all sorts of precautions.
      We’ve been concerned about going to the vet as Molly is due for her check up/rabies shot. We’re going to try a new vet as we have not been happy with any of the last ones and they are still only taking pet from car inside – no owners allowed(and we just got notice that one of their staff has COVID). The new one is highly recommended and allows one adult to come in with pet. (All masked). It getting so complicated.
      But encouraging is that the most cases here are from 17-29 yrs and most are sent home to recover – not to ICUs.
      We are still looking at rural areas online. If we find something we like and can afford ( always a concerns with instabilty in society), we’ll probably jump. We are lucky to have a yard, but sigh, miss those big skies and travel like in past years may be only a dream.
      Thanks for digging up a comment to leave.

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  9. angelswhisper2011 / Jun 27 2020 12:12 pm

    Come to bring Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend, Philmouse🐾😽💞

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2020 4:26 pm

      YEA! While we may have hazy skies with Saharan dust, our Crepe Myrtle trees are showing us with loads of tiny white flowers. It looks almost like snow. A little whimsy is cheery. Hope you are also enjoying the weekend. Paw waves!

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  10. Curt Mekemson / Jun 27 2020 1:46 pm

    We ventured out to Lowes a couple of times, and the Grange more! Peggy needed lots of dirt to keep her out of mischief this spring! Not sure why, but more people seemed unmasked at Lowes and the Grange than they were in other places in our area! We were cautious however, as we are being now. Lots of back roads! 🙂 –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2020 4:24 pm

      From, what I’m hearing, people are purchasing much more outdoor dirt, mulch, plants, and outdoor decor since everyone is stuck at home.
      We tend to only/rarely go to outdoor places – which Lowe’s normally is. While we’ve been wearing masks, too, the county order lapsed for a few weeks. It’s back now for a couple of weeks. The bars are also closed – which is a good idea as most of the cases here are now 17-28 yrs (and despite what the news says, most of those go home to recover. The ICUs here have less than 20% COVID cases – elective surgery and the normal accidents, shootings at block parties, car wrecks, heart attacks, strokes, and terminal illnesses/cancer treatments take up the majority of the beds…the media loves to panic people…the Med Center/.Hospital system CEOs are livid at the reporting saying some people who need to get medical treatment are not coming in because of virus fears.)
      What a summer. Thanks for tilling this space and planting a comment

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      • Curt Mekemson / Jul 3 2020 7:05 am

        It’s pretty crazy, Phil, to say the least. Hard to say where this bad puppy is going to track except to get worse until a vaccine is developed. I doubt that it is going to magically disappear. Our approach is to be doubly careful in our travels. It’s a formula that has worked for me for decades through the various risky undertakings I’ve pursued. Like celebrating my 75th two years ago by backpacking for 750 miles last year down the PCT, much of it by myself. Know what you are doing, be prepared, and be careful. It’s amazing what you can get away with. Grin.
        We are in Texas now and will be at Peggy’s brother’s home in Georgetown today to celebrate Peggy’s 70th, which is on the 5th.
        Yes, media does exaggerate. Always. It’s how it makes money. 🙂 Can you imagine what it would be like if the public demanded well-thought out, reasoned stories? Interesting on the hospitals and scary about people not getting the care they need from fear. Another interesting side of the story is that hospitals are losing profits because people are staying home. Also, and I find this thought interesting. It may be that people use medical services much more than they need to? 🙂 –Curt

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2020 7:56 am

          I can’t believe you’re in Georgetown -our old family land grant area. The university there is on land donated but the family – they were always big on learning even in the wilderness.
          It seems the common characteristic of those now past 70 is that they learned early to be not only curious and love to explore, but to be careful and logical about so many things.
          As you say, if it bleeds, it leads in the media. Sad so few have experienced only scandal and hyped news instead of real journalism of strick, dependable, verifiable facts so you could make up your own mind.
          Yep, few people realize that the virus has caused many doctors, nurses and office staff to sit home. Most don’t know due to excessive mandates for practices, electronic records, and outrageous insurance policy rate (so many because it’s cheaper for insurance co. to pay the plaintive than to spend time and money to go to court to fight what is a simple case – and plaintive’s lawyers now know the sweet number to ask for so that the insurance company just pays off) – most docs are now salaried employees of hospital systems. If you’re curious, look at the number of and salaries of hospital administrators…those are the one getting rich. Massive systems by merges/acquisitions run by corporate – not in the best interest of patients or doctors, nurses, or medical staff. Few realize with these Corp. offices are all about greed, high salaries for some, and profits resulting in costlier and poorer patient care…..all those fancy machines have to be paid for…that’s why if you go into the ER they automatically schedule scans and tests that are often not needed – orders from the top to use the money making procures first and often.
          Docs, techs have become fodder with little concern for their own care – they can alway hire cheaper ones…cheaper – ones who love to run up the bills – not better.
          OH, well. As you know – the best plan is to stay healthy and stay curious. Enjoy the 4th and life!

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          • Curt Mekemson / Jul 3 2020 8:38 am

            What’s more about Georgetown is that relatives of mine were among the founders! 🙂 There is even a building in town named after them, the Makemson Building. These would be about fifth cousins (thus the different spelling) but I have know people in their direct line. We all came from the same Scotch-Irish family that arrived in America around 1750. William Mekemson was the sheriff after the Civil War, became editor of the paper, and even ran for Governor of Texas on the Republican ticket. Odds are, our families would have known each other.
            To say our medical care system in America is screwed up is a vast understatement. –Curt

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2020 11:24 am

            Stories are the best history. How cool. I know that building. (arcadiapublishimh.com did a small book about early Georgetown(Josey is the author) in their Images of America series. You’s like all the old pictures – some from before the Civil War)
            No doubt the families did know each other – maybe even cousins somewhere down the line
            Washington Anderson family (one a dr. and his son were in Battle of San Jacinto. The elder is the one who stopped soldiers from lynching Santa Anna say, “We are better than that.” Family arrived early 1500’s from England/Scotland to VA to farm, then immigrated to TX (becoming Catholic, fluent in Spanish – even the kids – and became Mexican citizens) when “the US federal government started getting too intrusive”…we have letters and journals. Taylors, Glascocks (around 1830’s), Burnetts, Quebedeau, Waterstons are also family. Not to mention a Spaniard, a soldier who arrive with Spanish explorers (we have the ship records and documents from Spain), took a look around and decided to leap off the ship as it was leaving and swam ashore. At one point during a blizzard he had to kill his horse and crawl inside to survive. He lived with the natives, took a wife, and they followed fur trade to St. Louis where the operated a large fur trading company (the wife did the negotiations and books as she wearing apparently very smart and he managed the provisioning for settlers and wagon trains going west). Mom and dad traveled up to that site some time back.Always chasing down some mystery and history HAHA
            Have a great 4th – down melt – it’s really hot around around all those rocks!

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          • Curt Mekemson / Jul 3 2020 7:29 pm

            Really neat, Phil. I just read your post to John, Peggy’s brother, who lives here. I’ll have to go back and check our family history, but we arrived here before the Civil War. William had Northern sympathies but joined the Confederates because he was a Texan. He was out on the front somewhere when he got a message that the position of sheriff was open to him if he hightailed it back here. He did. Eventually, he was one of the founders of the Old Settler’s Association. I’m excited to dig a little more into your history when I get back home. Thanks so much for sharing, Phil.
            My mothers family arrived in the 1630s in Boston. Lots and lots of history. –Curt

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2020 8:11 pm

            The Coopers lived in a big brick house – with 2 lions out front…well, there were big to my mom when she was small. Her half sister lived with them when her mom died in child birth. Small town – lots of “scandals” and people taking sides HaHa
            Great old cemetery there.
            Enjoy all the stories and mysteries of that old place. Have a great 4th! Hasta Later

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          • Curt Mekemson / Jul 12 2020 4:38 pm

            Thanks, Karen. Lots of scandals, I’m sure. 🙂 I have a book put out by the Old Settlers Association at home. When I get back I will pull it out and share the info with you if you don’t have it.
            Thought of you when Peggy and I were visiting Linda Leinen a few days ago. We were on a family deadline to get to Florida, unfortunately. Would have been fun to see you. –Curt

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 12 2020 6:59 pm

            Cool you managed to swing by and see Linda. Enjoy some sand castle time if you can – all that sun and fun will make you really appreciate the peace and quiet of home when you return

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          • Curt Mekemson / Jul 13 2020 8:53 am

            The grandkids are promising plenty of sandcastle time on the Outer Banks, Karen. And board games. Grin. Maybe I work in a good book or two as well. –Curt

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 13 2020 11:51 am

            AH. sounds perfect!

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  11. SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️ / Jun 28 2020 11:20 am

    Nice blog

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