Monthly Archives: November 2007

Health Care 3

It’s been a week. Now I have to call Health Care For All. I sent in my paperwork! I really hope that I don’t have to deal with a tax penalty, Massachusetts. I followed your request!

Dream article that I would love to write: following around Chris Doyle for a month or so, gleaming from his genius and his crazy. Check it out!

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Health Care 2

Last Wednesday, I talked to a woman from Health Care for All who said that I was in the system.  She said if I hadn’t heard anything by next week, then I should call them back and check in.  So I’m currently waiting.

Other than health care, there’s more interesting things to talk about.  One lovely memory from this year was my trip to Montreal with Stu.  The day we drove up north, we were waylaid by a fairly terrifying storm on 89, and we spent that night in a great B+B in New Hampshire.  Purposely quaint B+Bs are so kinky in some ways.  The guestbook always says something to the point of “this was the first night we spent together as Mr. and Mrs. Shawn O’Connor!”  Ha.

Because of our snow-delay, the next day we cruise up 89 in beautiful weather.  In order to go to an Ice Cider farm in Canada, Stu takes the car on a route that goes through the Lake Champlain islands.  A road winds through them.  On that day, you saw road, farms, land that spilled into the lake.  It was all snow-covered and white against the blue sky.  I can’t imagine living there without dying of boredom, or perhaps I could settle there in Saul Bellow legend-years, who knows?

PS.  I know I promised pictures.  They’re coming, hopefully!  I just need to spend some more time on this website.  I can’t see it quite happening yet.

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Health Care

I sent in an application for Health Care two weeks ago, mostly under duress, and mostly due to my boyfriend asking me to.  It’s not something that I would necessarily want at this time, since I am under the gun enough money-wise that an additional whatever a month for something that may not be utilized is truly frustrating.  This year, my taxes fall into a completely different bracket, so I’ve had to cull together my resources to figure out what I owe and what I fall under.  This in itself has been quite the learning process.  Finally, Excel has a purpose!

Regarding my general opinion on the importance of Health Care, however, yes, I know it’s a stupid and not particularly responsible opinion.  But I am young, with all that implies!

Additionally, my state said that they will officially start instigating tax penalties if you don’t have health care by November 15th.  I sent in my paperwork two weeks before.  I have been expecting a phone call, an email, or a postcard so that I can discuss what my income is and where I should fall under for heath care.  Haven’t heard anything for the past two weeks.

Today, I tried calling any number of the numbers offered on the state health care website.  Number one, after listening to 15 minutes of automated voices telling me obvious things, led me to a number that supposedly led to a person, but it really leads to a message.  I called the other number.  That number told me to call the number I had called previously if I wanted to talk to a person.  I called another number, and I thought I had gotten to a person, but then it hung up on me.

In my frustration, I emailed my friend who knows about health care who can maybe put me in touch with a person.  We’ll see.  I figured this would be a good thing to track insofar as it’s my story, my reflection of this “experiment” that will end up having ramifications all over the country.

So far, however: way to take freelancers into account, state.  Way to give me the impression you’re on top of things.  I know people who are very qualified, idealistic future policy wonks who have the experience and expertise to make this particular program better and easier to navigate, and yet they have been losing out on job opportunities to 40 year olds with “more experience.”  Honestly, it’s ridiculous.  A program like this could stand to have some fresh energy behind it.  And at the least, it should be easy to talk to a person if you have questions.

It should be a single payer plan.  It’s a shame private companies and middlemen have screwed this up for people.  People.  Women who need to get ladyparts checked up.  Women who may err towards being hypochondriacs.  Thank god for what I can get from Planned Parenthood (and it’s generally a valuable resource for ladies), but this situation is ridiculous.

If any politician or wonk wants to contact me, I’m not that hard to find.  I know people who can fix your health care and I have experience dealing with what’s going on in this program.

At the least, the execution is convoluted enough to be a great argument against Mitt Romney’s stupid campaign.

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Writers’ Strike

I have a lot of opinions about this, but to put it simply: it’s an important issue, it’s a giant wave coming that extends beyond this particular segment of society, and I hope that they get what they ask for.

PS. Funny.

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It’ll be quiet around here for a bit

There’s a lot I’d like to talk about, but for now, I have to tend to other things. Cultivate my garden.

For now, here are some links to old pieces:

Elvis Perkins review!

2 year old interviews with Joe Pernice and Jens Lekman!

Lastly, an old piece on breakup albums. This piece is third in a google search for “songs for the dumped,” which is pretty cool.

I’ve done quite a few fun interviews for The Boston Globe, including Rob Coddrrrdddddrrrrrry, Elizabeth Gilbert, and the super-rad Kristen Gore, but it’s pretty much impossible to link to that section on the website.

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The Life of an Ascetic

I had to give up coffee recently, cold-turkey, thanks to some worrying health issues. Last night, between getting up at 6AM to drive someone to the airport and staying out late dancing for Halloween, I had to break. I needed caffeine and I went with a latte at 8PM. It tasted like chocolate.

This morning I realized that if that was my last latte for the last couple of months, I should probably follow it up with at least a provisional inspection of the lattes at the super hip new cafe next door. I had one with my awesome bagel for breakfast at noon. My last coffee for the foreseeable future. It was fantastic. Bring on the headaches!

Maybe one of the reasons that Halloween rules is that if everyone’s in costume, there goes some of the everyday judgment that you have to deal with socially. People are mostly shy.  It’s easier to say hi to people when they’re dressed up as Dorothy or a sexy pirate. I had to leave the dance party last night once the costumes started getting Hostel-freaky.

Bands (and albums) that make me like music right now:

Modest Mouse “The Lonesome Crowded West” In livejournal parlance, that would mean my mood is akin to Isaac Brock yelling “Goddamm!”

The Thermals. I looove them, I luff them. I saw them play and Hutch was dressed up as Hunter S. Thompson and watching them cover “Big Dipper” while he was dressed somewhat absurdly, wearing a cowboy shirt, cowboy hat, shades, and an American flag draped over his shoulder was pretty much perfect.

Even though I’m very burnt out with music, Okkervil River and Shearwater still floor me, knock me sideways. Thank god for good art.

I’ve been in a punk rock mood, looking for bands that aren’t trying to seduce me, whose vocals are the equivalent of someone tugging on your sleeve. It’s been a fun couple of weeks of going to shows where jumping up and down is required. Bands like the What Cheer? Brigade make me feel drunk when I’m sober. Bouncing and bumping into the masses can be awfully refreshing.  Life affirming, even.  Dancing. Jumping up and down. Who knew?

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