Mar 29, 2008
Here is a great little site I found.. Just thought I would share it with those of you are interested in finding the cheapest gas in town..
Being out on the road most of the time, I simply save money by only needing to fill up once a month, but I do have to use the High Octane for my Little Pony, otherwise she spits and sputters.... But it is a great site !!
Just enter your zip code and waaa laaaa, cheapest prices in town....
Go check it out! Click HERE
Mar 27, 2008
I am so freaking pissed right now! And I do not even know who to be pissed at. Myself, most likely, and I will get over that soon enough. But I am also angry with the new Dental Insurance Company......and the Assistant Site Manager (where I work). and just freaking insurance issues in general....
They rejected my dental claim.....
I spent precious time on the phone trying to rectify the situation because the Representative told me if I had prior coverage, my 6 month waiting period would be waived.
I received the letter of coverage from prior dental group.....
Received new letter with correct dates, faxed it in, waited, waited ....
Upon arriving home, I called up the Ins. Company to see if my wait period was waived and I could resubmit my dental claim for payment....
YES, we received the letter.... NO, your claim will not be paid.....
Turns out the prior coverage had to be with the current employer's previous dental insurance carrier, and it was not. Even though the Customer Service Professional told me otherwise... I had specifically asked if the coverage was limited to AAA's carrier... She had told me any coverage would allow me to waive the wait period, as long as I had had the coverage for over 6 months.. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Originally, we were told that we did indeed have a 6 month wait period on any service other than a routine cleaning... I was going to wait until the 6 months had passed, but here is where the story gets stupid......
The reason I went ahead and scheduled my dentist appointment is because our assistant site manager claimed she had some fillings done and they were covered. We had this conversation twice. So, I made my appointment and had some fillings put in. That is when I got denied...
Went through all that other crap.. Had the conversation with her again. She claimed that YES, her fillings were covered.
Got denied again. Back to our conversation again. This time she claims that she was discussing our dental policy from 5 years ago, and no, she has not had any work done recently..
I did not imagine those other conversations... I am not stupid.... I would not have scheduled the freaking appointment except she told me it would be covered....And now she says I misunderstood her... Why the hell would I be discussing some old policy when I want current treatment.....
ALAS, I am responsible for the payment..... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..
My Bossman just called me to find out what the verdict was on the situation. I went through the whole ordeal with him, just as I have now, here... and he smells something fishy... He remembers those conversations as well, and thinks he smells a rat. So, tomorrow he is going to do a little digging and find out what is going on....
I personally think that her claim was mistakenly paid and she thinks that they will force her to reimburse the claim, if I dig around too deeply wanting answers. Therefore she changed her answer... For the life of me, I did not imagine the first 4 conversations....and neither did my Bossman........
Mar 22, 2008
I can't believe it, but it actually worked...... After six freaking years, they finally paid attention!!!
Did you see the pictures I posted of some of my bad loads?
Well, after turning them into the appropriate person, some changes were actually made. Not as far as using better judgement to load the trailer, but the one item that gives me the most problems is actually being packaged differently. And just in time too!
Last weeks load was yet another headache, but for the most part I had a very splendid week, with only a small amount of fretting. Our plant blew a transformer last week and shut down the production line for two days. So, instead of being able to leave on Saturday night, my load was not ready until lunchtime Sunday. This really sucked, because my first delivery was 16 hours away in Edison, New Jersey.
Not only was the load delayed, but when I was gearing up to leave, I noticed I had TWO flat tires on my trailer.... grrrrrrr... They are suppose to check this out before they load. AND, I was pulling a spring ride trailer once again....They have been very good about loading me on an air-ride the past few months, but the Supervisor was on vacation, so they forgot!!
I just knew it was going to be a difficult week. But much to my surprise, when I got to my final stop and opened the trailer, the newly altered packaging had held intact... The items were exactly as they had been loaded! So, all is well that ends well!!
Mar 21, 2008
I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance...
Now, I know what you are thinking, but I really did. My renewal came in just a month ago, and I saved an additional $360 dollars a year... woooooo hooooooo!!
As a matter of fact , that now means I am saving a total of $720 per year since the original purchase of the Little Pony Car. Why so high?? you might ask.
Well, it just so happens I had a few restricted lane violations ( I would have had speeding tickets but I have had Amish Folk pass me on the left, so you know what that means... S L O W T R U C K) But over the course of the past few years (with no additional new violations) these penalties have been slowly disappearing from my MVR.
on Wednesday morning I awaken in Clinton, New Jersey and began my journey home. In Allentown, PA, there is a steep ascent with an entrance ramp to the Freeway about mid-way to the top. Now, I really do not want to get started in on Stupid Truckers, but let's just say that the ignorance levels are increasing rapidly.
There are two Big Riggers who have just entered the roadway at the extremely low rate of 30-35 mph. One of the drivers maintains the right lane, while the other merges into the center lane. Of course, there is one lane left available to motorists at this point... The Forbidden LEFT LANE.
I am, at this point, at cruising altitude (67mph) and instead of slamming on my brakes and becoming hostile, decide to opt for making the pass in the NO ZONE... As, I crest the incline, I notice Blue Lights. And, they are after me!! Dammit, I was not in that stinkin lane for more than 5 seconds!!!!
While the Officer takes my information and returns to his vehicle, I sit listening to Stupid Truckers give the play by play of what is going on with me.....They agree that He must be waking me up and fining me for sleeping on the Freeway Ramp.
Now, I have seen quite a few Big Trucks parked on the ramps, camping out for the night. But not me!! I have witnessed too many accidents involving a motorist ramming the back end of a sleeping Big Rigger, not knowing it is parked! In fact , the last incident involved a coroner and 30 foot flames.... Once again, not for me!! But as I have indicated before, ignorance is running rampant!!
Upon returning to my window, the Occifer states that he is going to 'cut me a break'. He has issued me a citation that does not carry any points and will not affect my auto insurance. (Right, the last guy told me that also, as my rates soared) The Fine itself was a mere $25.00, but after adding in all the fees, my total quickly became $108.00... Actually, not too bad for a Left Lane Violation.
So, I am curious to see whether my rates will increase the next go-round, but for now, I will happily pay my reduced premiums....
Mar 20, 2008
Do I look like the type of person who has nothing better to do than deal with freaking insurance companies all day in order to get claims processed that are eligible for payment, but have not been paid because some dumbass somewhere did not follow through on something that would subsequently throw my claim out the window and render me responsible to make payment on something that should have been paid by the insurance company who happily cashes in on my premium payments each and every month?
Now that all of my medical accounts have been fully processed and paid, the dental insurance company has decided to reject my claims.... WTF
Immediately, I called them up to get the scoop. They remarked that I had not fulfilled my pre-existing conditions time period and was not eligible for full coverage until April...
ME: huh, pre-existing time period, but I thought as long as I had prior coverage...
THEM: Yes, If you had had prior coverage, we would have waived the pre-existing time period, but because you did not, you have to.......
ME: Huh, I have had dental insurance for yeeeeaaaaaaaaarrrrsss. Just go check out my Dentist's new boat.....
THEM: We have no record of that....
ME: Can I fax you a copy of my previous existing dental plan..... blah blah blah......
So, I called up my prior insurance carrier and they agreed to send me a copy of the dates that I was indeed covered by their plan...
But when I got home, the letter they had sent me had the wrong dates..... I was covered by them from May of '04 until August '07..... The dates of the letter showed I was only covered August '07 thru Nov '07.....Which of course does not satisfy the requirements to have the time frame waived.....
I was no longer employed by the company who had the policy on me, so how could I have been covered until November...?
Needless to say, I have in one hand a letter showing that I am indeed qualified to have this claim paid, and in the other..... an invoice for $800 dollars..... Due to past experience, I think I had better go get the check book out and make a payment.....
Mar 15, 2008
What was it, last week when I commented on March Weather coming in like a lion. Well, you better believe it buddy! Normally I enjoy being able to sleep in on the weekends, not that I am getting a whole heckuva lot of sleep. ( I am a dedicated night owl. I do good to be in bed by midnight on workdays, and as late as 3am otherwise) So, to my dismay, Mother Nature had other plans for me. Sometime before the sun had risen, I was stirred from my sleep to the booming and crashing sounds of thunder and lightening. Bright flashes of light filled my bedroom, just before the winds began to howl. Next came the momentary burst of a hail storm. Poor Little Pony Car.
After several minutes, all was quiet and I was able to return to my peaceful slumber.
Upon arising later in the morning, I was disenchanted to find that the skies were still a bit gray. I began my ritualistic Saturday with hopes of squeezing in a few more miles before heading out for the week. But the skies never brightened up enough. On the local radio station, the announcer read off a list of county after county under watch and warning for tornadoes. My county was never mentioned, but half of Georgia was under some type of alert. The dark foreboding heavens confirmed this.
After lunch,I managed to head out and complete my mission of necessary errands before the skies opened and poured down yet another deluge. This time, however, the winds picked up and the rain sliced through the atmosphere in horizontals daggers. Seconds later, the hail began to fall.
But the sirens had just begun. I live in a very close proximity to the interstate, and my little community is quite the active one, so who knows what all might have happened in that mere five minutes of Mother Nature's fury. It seems the sirens lasted at least 30 minutes. First the Fire Trucks ad Police Officers (yummy) and then the ambulances.
By 6pm, it was all over, and I was able to get in another 5 mile run, after clearing the path of numerous branches and debris. At least there were not whole trees toppled over this time, at least not in my little community.
But a minuscule 25 miles away, Atlanta did not fare quite so well. Below are some pictures of the results of the first ever recorded tornado to hit the Downtown Metro Atlanta area.
- • Two people are dead and Atlanta is under a state of emergency as the city picks up from the first downtown tornado in history.
• Georgia nearly closed in on last year's record number of tornado reports, and 75 hail storms were reported Saturday. The NWS reported 10 tornadoes Saturday......
• A broad-reaching tornado watch spanning the upper half of the state has been issued until early Sunday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch that stretches from Rome to Columbus. The watch, designating conditions favorable for one or more tornadoes, will last until 1 a.m.
• State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine says the damage could be as high as $150 million, according to preliminary estimates.
• Friday's twister touched down near the World Congress center, Philips Arena, the Equitable Building, and then across to Cabbagetown. The twister is the first to hit downtown Atlanta since such weather recording-keeping began in the 1880s, Griesinger said.
• Friday night's tornado was declared a category EF2, with the strongest winds reaching 135 mph. Tornadoes can reach up to a category EF5 with 300 mph winds. The tornado was 200 yards wide at its widest. It left a path of damage six miles long, said meteorologist Mike Griesinger with the National Weather Service.
Mar 13, 2008
And it is about time...................
Way back when, you will remember I tried to sever my thumb. You might also recall the problems I had trying to get the insurance company to pay the claim.
Well, I am pleased to announce that only a mere 6 months later, they finally paid the claim.
I received my Explanation Of Benefits form last month, indicating a check had been issued to the attending physician. Today, I contacted the Billing Company and they confirmed that I did indeed have a zero balance.....Thankyouverymuch and Have A Nice Day!!
No more delinquent accounts on my credit report, asshole. I still can't believe they even reported it to begin with.
A short time back, I purchased a nifty little pedometer to help encourage me to get in some runs while out on the road. I am a little obsessive about wanting to know the distance I have covered and thought this would be a great motivator.
The little pedometer works great and has confirmed that my little jogging trail is just a tad bit over 1/2 mile per lap. I believe it said .55 to be exact.
So, I tossed it in my purse and headed out for this weeks adventure.
Today, while getting ready to go run a few, I accessed the memory and was tickled to find that my little purse has been busy this week. I keep it tucked away in the sleeper of my truck and that is where it rides all week. I completely forgot about the pedometer being in it.
My purse managed to log over 16 miles ( equivalent to 32,000 steps) without my help. Once again confirming just how bouncy my truck is....
Mar 8, 2008
We are all familiar with the old adage, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
This week when I returned home, I set out to try and get in a few more miles. When I reached my jogging trail, I was shocked to find whole trees toppled over across the pathway. What was even more astonishing were the large portions of the landscape that had simply moved.... There were at least three trees that had broken off near the base and landed over twenty five feet from where the stump protruded from the ground. So, I asked around and yes, there were a few tornadoes that swept through Alabama last week.
Huh, the Bama border is over 30 miles to the west. What about here? Well obviously there must have been some extremely high winds in the neighborhood.
As far as the temperatures were concerned, my entire week was spent in 60 degree day time temps, even in Massachusetts. Fridays highs were 68 in my little community. So, here it is, Saturday morning and what to my wondering eyes should appear, a tiny little dog pooping not 5 feet from my doorway.
But that is a separate topic. Looking past the pup, I notice that it is SNOWING! Not a heavy snow promising accumulation, but still flurries none the less. I had laughed yesterday when I received a text biding me to "Come get snowed in with me". It doesn't snow in Georgia, and when I received the text, it was 65 degrees in the late afternoon. But alas, IT IS SNOWING.
Toady's high is suppose to be forty something, and the rest of the week......well, the highs will be back in the sixties.
Seems like Old Man Winter is putting up a fight! But the good news is that after last weeks deluge, my little pond is back to full capacity!
Mar 7, 2008
Yes, I am HER!!
After years of explaining poor loading structures and just plain stupid loads, I have opted to illustrate my concerns.
At first, I was presenting these illustrations to my Boss, who informed me he would pass them along to all who deemed appropriate.
Not that he wasn't passing them along, but they just never made it to the Appropriate Person.
The AP asked me about the pictures I was handing out and stated that he has never seen one of them or heard any of my complaints, so he requested I hand them directly to him in the future. He is after all in charge of all loading procedures, hence he would be the Appropriate Person.
But I am not typically a complainer, so why should I bitch?
If any of this freight ever fell off the truck, just who do you think would be sued? Not the person who loaded it 1200 miles away... Nope!! So, I am just trying to protect my assets.
Here is this weeks batch of complaints, a compilation of the past few weeks, but I thought it would be great to document .
Notice the narrow bundle ? Yeah, that is a good foundation!
Especially when the edges have slide out past the curtain railing. Notice how the boards are jutting out past the rail on the edge of the trailer. That rail is the track upon which the curtain slides. I had to pry the curtain open, only took an additional forty five minutes just to open the trailer. After which the metal slowing continued shifting to the point of no stability.
Labels: Bad Loads
Mar 6, 2008
All the excitement about MySpace sure did fade quickly, especially since I added a little extra security to my Space...
But every once in a blue moon, I get a friend request that tends to add a little excitement to my day. This week was no exception.
I got another request from a girl belonging to my yesteryear..... Siouxsie....... (Seriously, Lioux, she went through a phase of using the spelling in her everyday day life). Anywho... It turns out she lives relatively close to me and we are going to plan a girlie weekend. To top it off, she lives on the coast....This girl was larger than life (personality wise) during a time that I was very shy, so it will be interesting to see what happens when she meets the new me!
I am very excited!!
and speaking of going to visit long lost friends.. I never mentioned the outcome of my November visit to Texas. Let's just say that I really enjoyed visiting BFF BK.
Oh yeah.... while visiting BK, he took me to have lunch with his parents... I loved his mother so much when I was a child, so it was great to see her also. She is opening a B & B soon, so maybe next time,I will stay at her place......