Playin’ Catch-Up…As Always


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Let’s see, hubby went back to work today exactly two weeks after the accident. He’s still very sore and limping around but the worst of the bruising is gone and, let me tell ya, it was pretty ugly there for a while! I’m very happy to see them clearing up and to see him getting a little stronger every day. He had a follow-up appointment with a doctor…what? A week ago Friday? Man, I don’t know anymore! My head hasn’t stopped spinning for two weeks! Anyway, the doc said ‘no work’ until today and then it’s ‘light duty’. I tried to make sure he stuck to that when he left this morning. No; bending, stretching, excessive stair climbing, and no carrying computers/monitors. Whatever he can get done from his desk is what he can do for now. If they don’t like it they can come see me and I’ll set ‘em real straight real quick.

The saga continues with the insurance company. They made an offer on the bike but it was a tad bit low considering all of the new parts the thing received over the last year or so. I faxed them all of the receipts…and possibly my application for Long Term/Short Term Disability, not sure on that one, all I know is when I went into work t his morning it wasn’t on my desk where I thought I left it. Ooops. Oh well. They haven’t supplied us with an email address so I have been unable to provide them with ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics of the bike. They also didn’t make an offer on the helmet so I sent them an invoice for a comparable replacement.

We’ll see how all of that goes. I’m not expecting a huge sum of money but it is a Classic Motorcycle that was just damn near fully rebuilt so I’m not really willing to settle just yet. It’ll be quite a while before anything moves on the Bodily Injury portion of this mess. If we don’t like that offer I’m calling John Haymond ASAP. He can handle it, well, after we talk. The one who really profits from any lawsuit is the lawyer and their experts. That’s why I’m not willing to jump in feet first and start screaming ‘I’m gonna sue your ass!’

Anyway, other than that, we do have things going on.

Miss Rebecca and her boyfriend Hector moved into their own place three weeks…maybe four…ago. It was just a week before the accident or so. We rented them a cargo van, moved the heavy shit out of our house to their new place and I gave them a bunch of stuff for their kitchen. I gave Miss Nicole stuff for her kitchen too. If I hadn’t done those things we wouldn’t have been in the Poor House these last two weeks! Yeah, I over spent on them but, well, it was fun. As a mom this was the first time I could do something like that for them and I really enjoyed the hell out of it. :)

Miss Rebecca’s 23rd birthday was Friday and I ended up giving her $100 gift certificate to Stop & Shop and Miss Nicole $75 in the same. It was a tight fit but I was tired of getting text messages from Becca at 8:30pm reading ‘I’m hungry’. Got her a new fan too. We had a nice gathering on the deck Saturday. Cousin came down and hubby made lasagna. We had that, salad, a huge fruit salad, cupcakes from The Cake Lady, cheese platter and veggie platter. The weather was beautiful for sitting out there just gorgeous and we all had a good time.

And I finally discovered how to get the hell out of the Kindle Lending Library! I had to drop down to 35%. That’s ok, as we’ve discussed, most countries only pay at 35% anyway unless you opt to be a Kindle Select Exclusive. Most of my books are no longer available to borrowers. AND…sonofabitch…some bitch in England purchased ALL of the stories in the OF WAR series and then returned them! The bitch put me $1.11 in the hole with last months’ UK sales! I’ll bet you dollars to donuts she read the whole thing. I have no idea why I should be CHARGED when someone decides to be an asshole and return an ebook. I thought that was rather messed up and it’s what prompted me to get out of the lending library. I also went and read and re-read Kindle’s return policy and it seems they don’t keep track of how much of a book you read after you buy it. Nope. You have 7 days to return it…read or not. SO….

OF WAR COMPLETE is now available on Smashwords and (any minute now) on Nook….$14.99. You can get it SIGNED on my site for $10.99 if you’re interested. Yep, I finally found a way to hand sign an ebook. I sure did. This is no Authorgraph stuff this is actually ‘hand signed’. Since I won’t give it to Kindle (see above) I compromised and brought back

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as Kindle Select Exclusives…$5.99 each. Normal price for one of these ebooks is $3.99 so you’re getting $2.00 off.

Both should be available this evening. If you buy these two combo packs, to complete the series, you have to buy “Christmas Eve on Olympus” and “Kingdoms of War” separately giving you a grand total of $16.96. A bit higher than buying OF WAR COMPLETE Nook or Smashwords. I wouldn’t have done Smashwords at all if I didn’t really want to get OF WAR COMPLETE into iBooks but they’re a big seller for me.

Yeah…you can hear it right? You can hear me saying; Screw you Bezos! You and the friggin’ Waltons can go yank it in a corner! I swear, both Amazon and WalMart honestly believe that the only work which contains any value whatsoever is their own. Just because a book is in digital format doesn’t make it nearly worthless. It’s the same story as the paperback and the same effort went into creating it.

Any-hoo….Kindle got their ‘exclusives’ and I’m going to get paid for it.

Hey, man! If you bought all of the books separately in ebook the price is $20.94. If you buy them from me in paperback $68.95. If you buy them from Amazon it’s $78.99. If people think about that way, which is the way they should be thinking about instead of whoring me out for a crappy $0.99!, then the ebook prices aren’t so bad. Like I said, the story is the story is the story so stop jerking me around.

This is well underway!

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I know the cover is simple and a little ‘girly’ but I like it. The woman in the locket…that’s my mom. :)

I figure once this book is spruced up and the characters…well one particular character, of course…is more fully defined then the other two books in the series will be a matter of changing names/places and editing. They should be a breeze once we do this one. I’m even thinking of retiring Ebony so we can do that series too. We’ll see about that down the road. I had the most wonderful dream with Ares, Alena and the whole cast they’re on board with turning this series into ‘all original’ and can’t wait to see it when it’s done. They’re also waiting their turn for whenever I’m ready to begin “Raven: God of the Damned”. It was so nice to know I had not been abandoned after all of that work! “Kingdoms of War” is starting to pull in reviews. It’s a hit! I’ll be ‘damned’ if I know why but people are loving it. I still think it sucks and that one day I will do that alternate version.

I ordered a few books for the New England Writers Signing, business cards that I’ll giveaway there, and 4 t-shirts. I’ll get the rack cards soon and maybe a few more books. I even ordered myself a copy of “The Shame of Eminent Domain: Fort Trumbull”. It’s about damn time I actually got a LOOK at the freakin’ thing! Since it’s available to me rather cheaply, if I like what I see, I’ll get a few copies of that to bring with me too.

I guess that’s all the news that’s fit to print.

On We Go


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Friday hubby got out of the house for the first time since the accident. It was good for him to get some fresh air and move about a bit. We didn’t go very far just downtown to the auto body shop where the bike was towed.

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Heartbreaking. Really it is. After all that work he put into it last summer with tracking down an engine and then putting it in and the new header and the new this and the new that. It’s a crying shame. Just turned ‘vintage’ this year and cornered like it was on rails. I loved that bike almost as much as he did. Thankfully we have receipts for all of that stuff so hopefully it will get taken into consideration when payment is offered on the bike.

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There used to be a black face shield there but it shattered and is no more. It saved his face from being ripped off, that’s for sure. Yes, I imagine it also saved his life. I’d like to say that I’ll never again protest wearing a helmet but that wouldn’t be true. At least I know myself that well. The lovely deep dent in the tank is from where his crotch slammed into it, presumably, just before he was ejected over the SUV. You can see why that sensitive area is bruised.

We’ve talked to both insurance companies and sent the above photographs to our insurance company who will forward them on to the other insurance company. We’ve talked to two lawyers to make sure we’re doing this right. So far we haven’t retained on but from what I’m getting from friends who answered my call for assistance getting a lawyer may be a necessary evil. No offense to my friends at the BAR, really honestly I mean that. So far, representatives of both insurance companies have been very nice, kind, and concerned–reasons on the last may vary.

Anyway, we wanted to get down to the auto body shop and take pictures before the adjuster got there so we’d know exactly what we were dealing with. You just saw it. Twisted hunk of metal. Damn shame. Especially considering this is how she looked when he rolled her out for the first time last year.

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Truly heartbreaking.

So, after looking at the wreckage and taking pictures it was later in the afternoon when we got home and he wanted to start looking for a Primary Care Physician…at…it was like 4pm on a Friday. Nah, I said, best to wait until Monday. We rested Friday night and Saturday morning spoke with the insurance adjuster again and started the process of finding a Primary Care Physician.

O…M…G!

I live a stone’s throw away from L&M Hospital, doctors line Montauk Ave. This should not be difficult. It should be like finding gold in a jewelry store.

No.

Hubby goes to the web site on the back of the Care First Blue Cross card and, well, the site doesn’t seem to work. Every time he puts in zip code and searches for a PCP he gets an error or two or three. I figure maybe it’s the old tablet he’s working off of. I try on my computer. I get the same crap. I remembered I had troubles using the site before when we had to sign up with to manage the HSA thing. I was tired. I got crabby. I figured the site was down and I’d try again today, which I did.

Hubby sent his boss a text telling him he wouldn’t be in Monday (tomorrow) after all and he’d need a few more days off even though the doctor’s note says he can go back today. I don’t think she understood what he does for a living. He’s not in any shape to go hauling computers/monitors around the USCGA, up and down stairs and hills all day long. He’s gotten strong enough to take a slow lap around the backyard a few times a day but that’s about it. Trying to get him up and moving even though it’s still painful just sitting/lying there all day would be worse. He tells his boss he’s having trouble and the healthcare web site seems to be down. Boss texts back he completely understands being out of work several more days and, btw, the site is working.

I go to the site. I have the exact same problems. I rack my brain I remember his log-in name but can’t get past the security questions to create a new password. He remembers them, I change the password, the site opens and….no go. It keeps trying to give me doctors in MARYLAND! Granted, that is where the company he works for is headquartered but they have people working for them in several other states. This CareFirst site doesn’t seem to understand that. I try gaining access to the ‘National Directory’….even though I may be charged more for using someone outside Maryland, so sayeth the site. Know what? The link didn’t work. I tried every single link on that page and not one of them worked! Just the provider directory for the State of Maryland.

I was getting so pissed! I’m signed in (finally), I’m in the Provider Directory, I’ve entered my Zip Code and the damn site doesn’t recognize it. It just keeps coming with an ‘Area Error/Zip Code Error’ and showing me towns in Maryland on the little City/State drop down list.

Finally I went to the main Blue Cross site and…wow! I found 8 PCPs in my area within seconds.

I don’t know who runs that CareFirst site but they really stink at their job.

I copied the page and sent it to hubby. Most of those doctors are located in the same place. Kinda strange. Hubby will call them on Monday and get the first appointment he can to follow-up on his injuries. I’m thinking they’ll probably recommend at least 1 urologist visit. If that’s broken or has lost sensitivity then I will get John Hammond! Oh yes I will! They’ll have one really pissed-off, scornful, and chomping-at-the-bit-horny, Pooh-Bah on their hands and they won’t like that…not one little bit. :P

Other than that, things are going about as well as can be expected given the above photographs I suppose. That’s good. We sat out on the deck for a little while late this morning and had coffee in the summer sun before making a single slow trip around the yard. That’s very good. We found 3 whole apples on the apple tree. No nectarines. Gotta move that thing one day the ants munch the bejeezus out of it. We decided to dig up the phlox box under the window and plant the rose bushes there along with a few other flowers.

So I guess we’re still buying green bananas and that, my friends, is a truly excellent thing!

Aftermath


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We’ve never done this before, did you know that? Nope. Never put in an insurance claim. Hubby did it way back when he got his very first bike and somebody else trashed it but that was 30 years ago. I worked in a law office for 8 years and don’t have much of a clue regarding things like this; real estate and probate, remember?

Truly, I’m just tickled pink that I still get to curl up to him every night. That’s the only thing I really give a rat’s ass about. He’s still here and in one piece.

With that in mind….yesterday a friend of his showed up just as we were about to sit down and eat our first meal since the accident (well for me, I hadn’t eaten in 48 hours by that point, nope the last thing I had eaten was dinner on Monday night). He’s a work buddy, you know what I mean? Not someone we necessarily hang out with but who drops by here and there because he’s in the neighborhood or whatever. I like him…kinda, I don’t really know him but he’s a very opinionated fellow. I like to think that he means well. The whole time he was here he just kept talking about lawyers and getting money and what a golden opportunity this is. Then he went on and on and on about…lying to get the most money! He kept getting LOUDER about it. No joke. I bet the neighbors across the street heard him plain as day. I sat there and ignored it until he just got so loud and insistent that he couldn’t be ignored. I sort of glared at him and then he said to me; “Well don’t you agree? After I leave here aren’t you going to push him to do this?”

I said: “No.”

He was just kinda shocked. He wanted to know why and I told him I told him that I worked in a law office for eight years. He seemed to believe that should lead me to be on his side and when he pressed me for an answer I gave one my of my old bosses might have given; “I’m not comfortable discussing the matter with you.”
I said it nicely and coolly and all I really wanted to do was throttle him once or twice before showing him the door. He got the point and left pretty quickly.

That’s my definition of “Ugly American” and the personification of everything that’s wrong in this country. He can’t even see it.

Man, he pissed me off. Spoiled my appetite, I only ate 1 Mickey Ds cheeseburger and some fries. I tried to eat another one late last night, took two bites, and that was it.

Sometimes accidents just happen. They do. There’s no sense in getting vindictive over it. Ok, if they’re drunk or texting or something like that then it’s different but I’ve no reason to believe that’s the case here so why get all nasty about it? Just settle-up, call it even and be happy everyone ‘walked away’ then go on with your life.

Any-hoo…that’s just my $0.02, ok? I know…it ain’t worth much.

I got the police report today and it clearly states the other driver was the cause of the accident. The report kind of made me chuckle, they draw this little diagram of the accident and under it they wrote “not to scale”. Really? No kidding? I smiled a little. It’s just a little map. I don’t know why they have to put that there. Kinda strange.

Hubby called the place the remains of the bike were towed to…it’s smooshed. The guy was surprised that hubby ‘walked away’ and wasn’t seriously injured. He called the other person’s insurance company and filed a claim.

Today the bruises are really showing up and I took photographs of them. Poor guy is so sore he can barely stand up and he sort limp/toddles around for a few moments at a time then has to sit down. He’s got a nice bruise on his butt and outer thigh but it’s the one in the frontal area that’s bothering me. Yep, his penis is bruised…I mean it’s bruised. Up until today I didn’t know it wasn’t even possible to bruise a penis and I…never mind that would be TMI. I took pictures but I won’t post ‘em here…aren’t you lucky? ;)

Oh that’s a bummer. Major bummer. You know how much I like sex, I know you do if you hang around here often enough. This could be another little ‘bump in the road’. Got nice scrapes on his scrotum too. Bumm-er!

I don’t know how he did it but he’s got a big one on his heel. Those stupid overly expensive boots that we argued about when he bought them are thick and tough. They don’t show much sign of damage but his heel has a fat round bruise on it. Weird. The way he keeps complaining about his upper back I won’t be surprised if a bruise starts showing up tomorrow morning or so.

Anyway, I’m keeping it all in file; the accident report, pics I took, and I got the pictures Rebecca’s friend took of the scene. I guess that’s it. Now we just wait. Right? I really have no clue so as to what to do or expect from this point onward so if you do your assistance would be appreciated.

I’m hoping to actually get some sleep tonight. I’m wiped. I even took two Advil PM last night but they did no good. Not only did I stay awake what sleep I did get as the sun began to rise caused me to wake with a headache. I still have it as I type not even the ibuprofen I took has touched it. Eating something might help I suppose but my stomach still isn’t interested. Oh well, maybe I’ll sack out and watch a movie to try to decompress. Maybe later tonight we’ll see about eating those ribs I was cooking Tuesday, they are still here and I think they’re fully cooked! Yep, I turned off the oven but didn’t take them out of it as I headed for the door. The pan was still a little warm when we got home late Tuesday night. I think they’re done.

I think I’m pretty ‘well done’ too.

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