Feb. 16th, 2012

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I just read (on my Fire trial subscription to LA Times) that Dory Previn has died. Dory Previn provided the sound track to my life during my later teenage years. I had 2 or 3 of her albums that I played until the grooves wore through. About the only song real people probably know is the theme song from Valley of the Dolls. She quit writing songs years ago because her life turned hopeful. And she apparently had many years of that. Nice.

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I finally got all of my insurance crap squared away, I think. And figured out the HRA thing and that submitting via email was was better than snail because you get an acknowledgement that your stuff was received. So I think I'm now on a roll for the year here.

It all reminded me of my Dad.

When his dad died, the insurance/medical bills/medicare thing was a horrible mess. Plus he had his mother to deal with (she was in her 80s and never even written a check - actually never did in her whole life - and had to be moved from Oklahoma to North Carolina and a host of other issues). And he was soon drowning in paperwork and confusion.

Then he found a sympathetic clerk at the office of one of the insurance companies he was dealing with. He soon figured out that she knew her stuff so he offered her a deal. If she would take this pile o' mess and figure it all out for him, he'd give her a lifetime supply of pantyhose.

It was the late 70's. We all wore pantyhose every day. They were a significant piece of the budget. Daddy's company made pantyhose.

The clerk was astounded. She asked him if he had any idea how many pairs that would be because it would be a whole lot and he assure her it did not matter. She gladly took up the task and did an amazing job.

And for years and years she got 365 pairs of pantyhose delivered to her home every year. I lost track of the story before he died and never did find out what happened to pantyhose lady but I suspect if she's still alive, she's still working though the backlog.

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Not a lot going on today at least so far. Swim class at noon.

The new floats that I tried out yesterday are great. After 30 minutes, my legs were jelly. I used the next 15-20 minutes on arms so when I got out, I was wiped. It was good. The pool is going to be closed on Monday for Presidents Day. Poop.
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I just did a G+ search of "Dory Previn" and turned up the most marvelous clips and memories. Her best song writing/performance years coincided with my late teens and early twenties. I had no major trauma but adopted the angst of youth and the frustration of feminists and Dory Previn was the perfect musical accompaniment. I had all of her records and listened to them endlessly.
Thanks, G+, for the lovely stroll down memory lane.
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today's basket
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Just as I sat down to dinner tonight, there came a knock at the door. My neighbor down the hall (who happens to be the owner of the world's most adorable pug) asks... "is this your cat?" just as Travis makes a beeline through the door and well into the condo. She said he was sitting outside the door.
I had gone down to get the mail about 30 minutes before and he must have made his getaway then.
Can't reach the elevator button, eh big boy?? heheheeh
He's resting from his big adventure.
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A congressional committee investigating birth control issues should be staffed entirely and only by people (male or female) who could possibly get pregnant and so who are on the front line of the issues.
People who cannot get pregnant should only be allowed the panel if they run out of the ones who can.
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