Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dealing with physicians and insurance companies

So, I recently had to replace my BiPAP (“Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure” device. Like a CPAP machine, only a bit more complicated, and needed by people such as myself in order to sleep properly. If I don’t have one of these, I essentially don’t sleep.).

The process was unbelievably screwed up, and not by me. This post is mostly for me to get the events of this situation straight. It might not be terribly interesting to read – but then again, the level of miscommunication and fuckupery might be amusing, so read on if you like. Continue reading

As usual, I’m behind. Last weekend…

…was a lot of fun. My wife and I traveled to Great NorthWet, specifically, Seattle. We were there for a number of reasons:

  1. To celebrate our nineteenth wedding anniversary.
  2. To hang out, dance, and socialize at Folklife.
  3. To see old and new friends.

#1 – that was the entire weekend, really. We’d last been to Folklife to celebrate our second anniversary; we had a ball there then, as well. In addition to the dancing, tourist-ing and socializing, we also had a proper “dinner at a nice restaurant” on Saturday night, with two of our most favorite people – eating, talking, and catching up. They will eventually be moving down to the Bay Area, which makes me very happy, as we’ll get to see them much more often. Another bit of celebration was to make the trek to Pike Place Market. I feel the hype is actually deserved – the market has much of the feel of the San Francisco Ferry Building mixed with the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market. We had a great time there.

#2 – we did, in fact, do a good amount of dancing, and lots of socializing, highlighted on Monday by having a leisurely lunch of pretty awesome fair food (and no, I did not actually try the deep-fried PB&J sandwiches one booth was selling, though it was a close thing) with a former sweetie of mine (and still a very dear friend) and her husband.

#3 – covered in great part by 1 and 2 above, with a notable exception of the Roller Derby Outing. We got to see the Rat City Rollergirls’ “Rat Lab” who my friend Betsy Nails skates for, beat the Grunge City Rollers. I was very impressed – roller derby has evolved into an actual sport – something I was unaware of, but discovered that I really, really like.

So yeah great weekend all around, with one slight flaw – but that belongs in my next post.

Well, *that* was a weekend.

I am home after my first day back to work following a four-day weekend – a weekend filled with physical labor, customer service, lack of sleep and huge, giant gobs of fun.

Y’see, I’m a science-fiction and fantasy fan, and I got to help plan and run SFWA’s Nebula Awards Weekend. I spent the weekend surrounded by several hundred amazingly talented SF&F authors, many of whom are friends, many of them new friends and some of them old friends that I finally have managed to catch up with. There was a banquet that was pretty good, and an awards ceremony that was wonderful, access to the comic-book convention “next door” (and that was great fun as well, as I got to meet several of my favorite comics authors and illustrators), great conversation with a lot of really good people, some excellent booze, and many, many new books and graphic novels.

And, scarily, two contacts for my artwork. It’s a bit of a stretch for me to try showing my art again – I have what almost amounts to a phobia about trying to get into shows/getting solo shows due to my past experiences – so much so that I haven’t tried for years. But I ran into the editor/publisher of The Fabulist, Josh P. who I’ve known for some time and who has always expressed an interest in publishing some of my work in his magazine. I also talked to Alan B. of Borderland Books, asking him about hanging a show in their cafe – and he was enthusiastic that I should give it a shot. So, tonight i’ve sent off email to the contact people for both, and am waiting on responses. Regardless of results, I think it was a good thing for me to do.

Upcoming events & travel & whatnot

Because the two blog subscribers want to know this stuff (and some of the folk on Twitter and Facebook, too)…

  • May 9-11: Going nowhere, I’m on-call for work.
  • May 15-18: Will be helping to run SFWA‘s annual Nebula Awards weekend, and spending some time attending the Big Wow comicfest in San Jose.
  • May 24-26: In Seattle, going to Folklife and visiting friends with my wife for our 19th anniversary.
  • June 27-July 6: Indiana trip (with a side trip to Louisville, KY).

Going to be a fun summer.