Optometrist

So … I go to the optometrist to get my annual eye exam. I have insurance … but somehow still have to pay out the nose for an exam. I believe it’s because I have the nerve to want to wear contact lenses rather than glasses. The contact lens exam is extra and not covered completely by my insurance. Why is that? I couldn’t tell you! (They must make more profit on glasses than the contacts is my guess.)

It’s not like I want glasses AND contacts. If that were the case … then I could see charging extra because they have to do two tests. But if all I am wanting are contacts … shouldn’t the test just be covered with the insurance that I pay? Seems like a fair question … but I digress.

So I pay for the exam and order 6 months of contacts. Normally, I would pony up and just buy a year’s supply … but with the pandemic going on and never knowing if your job is secure and money being tight … I figured I’d play it safe and only order 6 months this time. I figured in 6 months we’ll be past this silly pandemic and I won’t have to be so tight with the purse strings. How foolish of me!

Well … 6 months have passed, I’ve gone through my supply of contacts and last I checked … we’re still knee deep in this stupid pandemic shit (fucking Covid!). In case you are lucky enough to have great vision and don’t know, the exam is good for one year.

So I call up the eye doctor and ask if they have any specials going on for the contacts I ordered 6 months ago. Of course they don’t! I ask how much it would be for another 6 month supply and just about have a heart attack.

You see, I normally go at the time when they have a promotion and there are big discounts when you buy a year supply at once … plus the insurance has an allowance that knocks down the price … a little.

(To me, you don’t get much benefit from your insurance anymore … but that’s a whole different topic we’ll get into some other time).

Since I only bought 6 months … and there is no promotion going on now … and I’ve used up my “allowance” for the year … I have to pay the full price.

Being the cheap prick that I am, I ask them if I can get the brand that I used a couple years ago. They worked great and they are $20 cheaper a box. This is the conversation that followed:

“Well … you would have to come in and be seen by the doctor and get another exam.”

Why would I need to come back in and see the doctor if my prescription is good for a year?

“Well your prescription is ONLY good for the brand of contacts you purchased.”

Yes … but I’ve worn the other brand for years and didn’t have any problems so why can’t I just get those?

“Well … your prescription is only good for the other brand.”

That makes no sense. (Frustrated, I ask) How much is an exam?

“Let’s see … $50.00.”

The cost of the exam would be more than what I would be saving buying the cheaper contacts!

“Yes … that is correct.”

The exam is the exam! They don’t do a different type of exam based upon what contact lenses you purchase! The prescription I received from my exam is good for one year so why would I need to come back and have another exam before that year is up!? Why can’t I order the cheaper contacts … that I’ve worn before … if my eyesight is supposedly the same for a year?

Am I the only one that sees this as a racket!?

Give me a fucking break! So I can order another 6 month supply … without seeing the doctor … if I get the ones she pushed on me (the more expensive ones) but If I want a cheaper brand I have to come in and pay $50.00.

I’m starting to understand why people lose their shit and snap!

United States Congress 2020

Excuse me … did I hear you correctly?

Did you say you are taking a vacation without passing the next COVID-19 stimulus bill?

Vacation cancelled motherfuckers! Get your asses back in that room and work this shit out! In case you’ve forgot, you work for me … and I didn’t approve your vacation request!

Uh … in case you’re not aware … there’s a whole country that’s hurting right now, desperate to pay their bills. They are hanging by a thread and waiting for that stimulus check and you guys can’t come to an agreement … so you just go on vacation!?

Un-fucking-believable!

And don’t give me that bullshit about how the “other side” is just being ridiculous and won’t compromise. You are ALL TO BLAME as far as I’m concerned … Democrats AND Republicans. If you both can agree on the fact that the country needs another round of checks to help people get by … then work out the amount! It’s one thing if one side wants checks sent out and one side doesn’t. Then you’re ideologically opposed and will likely come to an impasse … but you are BOTH in agreement that Americans need money. Their money, not yours! So … work … it … out!

You’re not scoring any points with either side of the populace playing your games! People aren’t in the mood for partisan politics right now! People don’t give a shit about your ideology when they can’t pay their bills.

If you end up spending too much (Republicans) … then just tell the people complaining that:

“It was a lot more than we wanted to spend and we weren’t happy about adding so much to our national debt … but this was a unique situation and we needed to take care of the American people.”

Everybody knows you’re lyingbut we’re all used to it! At least you would have passed a bill that helps Americans and done your job. Everyone already knows you don’t have a problem adding to the national debt … you just don’t like doing it by giving money to the people. You’d much rather give it to your business interests to make sure they stay in business for your next election cycle. Campaign donations don’t appear out of thin air, right!?

And if you don’t get as much as you wanted (Democrats) … then just tell the people complaining that:

“We wanted to give you more but we didn’t have unlimited funds so we gave as much as we could within our means to get the money to the people.”

Everybody knows you’re lyingbut we’re all used to it! At least you would have passed a bill that helps Americans and done your job. Everybody already knows you could give a shit about spending within your means. If it was up to you everybody would just get any amount they want to stay home indefinitely … just so long as they blindly pledge their vote to your party.

Maybe I’m the only one who’s irritated at the fact that all these assholes are completely out of touch with what’s going on.

None of them are worrying about their mortgage payment! They’re getting paid … even if they DON’T do their job! They’re not worried about the crippling cost of health insurance. They’re not worried about putting food on the table! The only thing they are worried about is staying in power and playing politics by vilifying the other side.

The problem apparently is not so much the amount they want to give Americans in the form of a check but all the stupid extra shit they are trying to put in the bill. Here’s a real simple fix … if it’s not related to helping Americans pay their bills … it doesn’t belong in the bill! Save your pet projects for next year’s budget when we’re all back to work and aren’t paying attention to all the stupid shit you spend our money on.

I understand the problem with the additional $600 for unemployment from the federal government. You have people making more on unemployment than they were when they were working.

It IS bullshit and there really is no incentive to go back to work. I get it and I don’t like it either! But if you are going to hold up the entire thing over that sticking point … you are hurting more people than the ones that are getting over on the system. In any other time, I would be livid at someone taking advantage like that … but in the current state of our country, I’d be willing to begrudgingly look past it so that the majority of people who are struggling can get some help. Hopefully karma is real and will even the score.

I realize that the government did not create this problem but the government IS preventing many people from working … so I feel they have an obligation to help people. Before you start screaming at the monitor about how we all need to stay at home to “Stop The Spread” … most people don’t have 6 months of savings to sit back on and ride this shit out … so they depend on being able to work to make a living.

And the fact that Congress went on recess just shows that they don’t give a shit about us! They ALL sit there saying they are trying to help the American people and “the other side” is playing politics.

Well, … you BOTH went home!

No one stayed. I would have had a little more respect for the side that skipped their vacation schedule and said they were staying until it gets worked out. Yeah … it would still be playing politics because they’d be screaming how the “other side” left but they’re still here trying to work things out for the American People … but at least it would have given the appearance of giving a shit! Anybody else that just went home when shit needed to get done … would be looking for another job.

If you see any of these assholes back home in their districts … do me a favor and make sure you tell them to get their asses back to Washington and do their fucking job!