The Land of Fernieville

But it’s new to you!

Posted in Family, Rant by fernieville on June 14, 2008

Since when did charities become so picky?

Allow me to explain before any assumptions…

I cleaned the girls rooms and I told them to put all their plush toys in the hallway…I’ve been telling hubby and family that they own WAY too many plush toys. Every birthday or outing with grandma they get a new one. The last outing with dad they brought home two more…some huge dinosaur and the younger child a small kitty plush animal. So I was like “thats it.” Obviously these people don’t have the slightest idea of volume.

Anyhow, we filled the hallway with plushness… and with that visual my 9yo was able to let go of half of them…even she was like “woah, that IS a lot of animals.” Victory at last…

So after filling three large size black bags full of brand new plush animals, that were hardly touched EVER, I called three places, two closed and the last being the local Ronald McDonald House.

Me: “Hi I wanted to know if you take plush toys”
Sir: “Oh yes! You can drop them off anytime. Just make sure they are new.”

What? What’s the point of donations then? I’ll take new things too…c’mon now! I buy in consignment stores and gladly take hand-me-downs. I graciously accept them, then decide later which to keep. Most of the time I keep them for paint-time clothes.

New? Seriously? What a waste…

Anyone want 3 bags full of plushness?

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Now this wont hurt a bit…

Posted in Health, Rant by fernieville on May 26, 2008

This weekend was eventful. My sister came in town on Friday for my daughter’s birthday party on Saturday. All went well, despite only 8 girls showing up…but that was our fault for deciding on the plans last minute; as in Wednesday. It was half-of a Pokemon party, filled with Pokemon cake and pokemon games, then to finish it off a dip in the community pool.

Then on Sunday my mother in the early morning, unbeknownst to us, drives herself to the worse nearest hospital to us complaining of flank pain. When we get there, mom’s in the ER room and the billing idiot guy comes by and hands her drivers license and insurance card and says:

“Your insurance covers the ER visit except for a $100 copay. Do you have that now?”

My mother is in pain, moaning and groaning and this guy is asking her to pay now before we even see the doc? WTF????? So my sister protests

“Isn’t this bad timing? I mean, shes in pain, can’t we do this at the end.”

The moron guy sorta ignores her, looks at my mom again as if to imply…lemme just take it now. The nurse hears the commotion and comes inside asking “whats the problem here.” To which I say

“It’s just that my mother is in pain, isn’t exaclty in the position to coherently sign papers at the moment and this guy here is asking her for money before we’ve even been seen by anybody!”

My sister, less tactfully perhaps that she should have been, says pissedly: “can’t he do this later? my mother is sick and this very rude!!!”

To which the bitch nurse replies “He’s just doing his job…you have to understand that this is a business.

No, I’m not kidding…I wish I were.

So my sister, in all her tactfulness begins mocking her words…repeating over and over and dry-ly laughing “it’s a business” in utter disbelief.

But the drama isn’t over…my mother is then given some narcotic – Hydromorphine for pain. Do you think that before giving someone a narctotic they might a) hook her up to a heart monitor and pulseox and b) take blood pressure readings? Or how about c) warn the family that there may be adverse effects that may pass? And lastly d) stay with the patient until the adverse affects pass?

None of those things happened. Before we knew it my mother started to make noises then her arms started to twitch and her eyes going back and forth into her head, her lips turned blue and her skin pale and we panicked. Two nurses come in with paramedics, and say “oh this is normal…” so much so that they shoo us out of the room close the door and hook her up to a monitor and whatever else they did in there while we panicked outside.

All of this drama for a kidney stone in the end… this is the last time we use this hospital (NFRMC). This is the 3rd time we have issues with the treatment we’ve received, and by far the scariest.

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iPod Touch-es your wallet

Posted in iPod, Mac, MacWorld 2008, Rant, Tech News by fernieville on January 16, 2008

iPod Touch users are being told to get over it! It’s only $20… but Apple missed the chance to come out of this the benevolent provider. A few months ago it released the iPod touch, a revolutionary player missing key applications that would make it 1 notch short of a phone! But instead of that, it was several notches short…5 applications short to be exact.

So this MacWorld Apple had the chance to say “gee, sorry everyone, we made a mistake and would like for you to enjoy these apps with your wireless iPod! Let’s make things right and here, have them as a free update.”

But that was not to be and instead they charge $20 for the apps, which is really cheap but it’s akin to tipping a waiter a penny because it sends the message: “I’m cheap and I hate you.”

Bloggers instead say: “See, but the iPhone is a continual source of revenue blah blah blah.”

I say: “So does the iPod touch…with iTunes integration, the iPod touch constantly brings in the cash for Apple.”

So what did MacWorld teach me this year?

a) Don’t be an early Apple adopter…you’ll pay more, even later.

b) We rather update later than give you things we already have, now.

c) Gone are the days of revolutionary technology WITH amazing bundled software.

I pay more for Apple products because I get more. And if this MacWorld is a glimpse of the new more-popular-Apple to come, I’m not liking it a bit. Withholding features for future sales is bad business and not very nice and makes me want to hack. Like that stupid $1.99 for “unlocking” 802.11n wireless on MacBooks. WTF?!?!?!?

Here’s your tip for this year’s MacWorld Steve Jobs: