Last weekend my friend Vern came over and we removed the 2.1 twin overhead cam engine from of my 1991 Honda Prelude, which I might add has four wheel steering. As you can imagine, it was a large amount of fun if you black out the cuts, bruises and not so nice language directed at the car. This engine which has fiber reinforced cylinder walls and broken valves caused by a timing belt, will be replaced with a 2.0 with standard steel walls. So now you know as much as I do. If you have a rebuilt 2.0 steel walled Prelude motor siting around, give me a call. I am sure we can work something out.
Sue and I took Dylan for a five-mile bike ride. He hooped and hollered the whole way. He was not real fond of the uphill since Sue and I told him he had to pedal hard to help us make it up the hills but he loved the downhills. He calls it a ‘ journey’ whenever I take him for a bike ride. My friend Steve Bailes use to call it other things when I took him on a bike ride…
Since I am still unable to run very far due to my foot surgery, I asked Donna Brown, who is blind, if she would like to do the triathlon on June 5th at Rocky Gap State Park. We could find a person to swim the 1/4 mile with her and someone to run the 5K with her. I will use the tandem bike to ride with her on the eight mile bike part of the course. She quickly answered with a resounding YES. I am very excited to be able to do this with Donna and even more excited that I do no have to get into the 60 degree water! Stayed tuned in for more on this.
I drove a group of fourth graders from Middleburg, Va. to Richmond, Va. on Friday and had a great time. We visited the Confederate Museum and then headed over to the ‘ hands on’ Science Museum.
It is refreshing for me to see a young (relatively young, he is 35 and climbing fast) teacher who is caring and has such a great relationship with his students and parents. Great weather, great company and great trip!
Finally, I sent this letter to Valley Health. I thought some of you might enjoy it.
It strikes me as funny that Valley Health has consolidated almost every medical practice within 100 miles of Winchester and still can not coordinate its billing system. You send me along with my bill a notice that you want $100/month and two additional envelopes with bills to ValleyHealth. Would it not be practical to send these bills together? Just think how much more money your non-profit organization would save if you only sent one bill to each patient. Eight-four cents for my account and I assume you do this kind of nonsense all the time, times thousands adds up to a lot of money over a year’s time. Just think, you could probably put some more of that expensive copper up on the ceiling. Also, would it not be realistic to ask a patient to pay a portion of the entire bill rather than a whole bunch of bills? You folks are smart people, see what you can come up with.
In what way did you determine how much I should pay?
Did you audit my credit history or break into my house and check my banking account? What if you asked me to pay $100 on each of the three accounts??? This may come as a shock to you or maybe you are like most of us trying to make ends meet at the end of the month, but there is only so much money in the checking account. Snap out of it! Medical costs are over the top and rising, insurance costs are outrageous, salaries are down, deductibles are up and many of us are struggling to make ends meet!
By the way you can read this at
www.hampshirereview.com under Cosmic Charley’s Blog.
You all have a good day!