April 14th, 2008

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Adventures in Bureacracy

So, today was the deadline for when I had to call in and sign for up an HMO. I had been sent a huge packet of crap a couple months ago and since I didn't want to bother with it, I foisted it off on my sister the pharmacist. She's ended up being the go-to person to deal with all of the health care related crap in our family nowadays. It's not like I couldn't have simply read the forms and booklets on my own, mind you. It's just that they were thick, likely to be extremely boring, and I didn't wanna. So I let her make the choice for me and after she picked one, I called earlier today to inform the government of my decision. And there's where the odd part kicks in.

When I told the woman on the phone all my id numbers and information, she informed me that based on my circumstances I wasn't required to pick an HMO at all. That I could just ride along on the general medicaid system which is much better. That sounded spiffy to me so I said I would much rather go with that. I was then informed that if I didn't pick an HMO though, they would pick one for me. Eh, come again?

It seems that despite the fact that I'm allowed to not have a HMO, I must first, however, pick a HMO and then tell them after I'm enrolled that I don't want a HMO. Seems a bit roundabout to me, not to mention that according to the woman on the phone it takes 30-40 days to add and then 30-40 more days to remove you from a HMO. So basically 60-80 days to resolve a pointless pain in the ass that only serves to annoy me. I can only assume that signing up for a HMO gives the government a kickback or somehow benefits them financially because I can't figure out why these obnoxious hurdles would be there.

In the end, it doesn't mater anyway. I haven't seen a doctor in over 9 months a this point and I don't feel any need to do so. There's never any good news and I hate doctors in general. About all I do require are some incredibly cheap prescription medications. You'd think my goal in life was to save the system money.
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Greatness can only be seen when you can view something in its entirety

A few days ago, I finished watching all of Babylon 5. All the seasons from 1-5 and all the made for tv movies. It's really hard not to be really impressed by the writing and scope of the series. So many parts of it tie together unlike most of the episodic tv we used to see. I know that now, grand storylines are back in vogue but you still can't help but get the impression that most of the writers are flying by the seats of their pants. They don't know exactly how the story will end up at any moment in time. That makes Babylon 5 even more impressive because so much of it was plotted out so far in advance. In the very first season, there are so many flashes to the future and portents that locked the show into place. Those scenes had to take place and exactly as they were portrayed and all the details had to match perfectly.

The most common gripe I hear about B5 is that they should have just stuck with 4 seasons, and there I can agree. It was clear that things were scripted up to that point but afterwards, it was all just on the fly it seemed. The producers were never sure if they were going to get renewed or not for another season and they didn't want to leave the storyline hanging so everything was crammed into season 4. If they had the information ahead of time, the shadow war would have resolved itself in 4 and the war to free earth and its colonies in 5. It's sort of sad really. I would have liked a much more in depth look and development that another season would have allowed for the war for earth. It always seemed too rushed and compact for the massive details that were involved.

Anyway, like with my venture through Highlander previous, all of this would not be possible without the laptop. It's actually given me the ability watch all of these series that I had downloaded ages ago but never got around to seeing. As I type this, I've located the disc for Firefly and am finally going to watch it. I've been hesitant all these years because of the obnoxiously shrill fanboys/girls telling me that I just had to watch it because it's the greatest show on earth. Nothing gets more ornery as much as someone telling me I have to do something or have to like something. Still, it is past time I gave it a shot. I think after I finish with firefly I'm going to watch all of 24. I've never seen so much as a single episode before but I'm looking forward to it. Afer that? Who knows...maybe all of Farscape.