Thursday, December 05, 2013
I've got a fever
Fourth and Washington.
* In the few days since I posted, my most recent entry about my adventures in getting my identity verified by healthcare.gov has been hit a thousand times (maybe thousands), and crawled by the Internet Archive on behalf of the Library of Congress.
* The next day, Sunday, I sent a fax to Senator Durbin's Springfield office asking for their help. On Monday, about noon, I got a nice voice mail message from someone there saying they referred my case to the governor's constituent services office, since it is more like their department (or words to that effect). He said they would be calling me that afternoon. I knew that was too fast, so I decided to give them a couple days. I'm going to start calling them tomorrow. I am not complaining. These are my people. I am their people (well, one of 'em). I am encouraged my identity verification will finally happen. Stand by for updates.
* Hello, homemade Braunschweiger, where have you been hiding from my life for the last 30 years.
* Rising with desire. It's my love Jones and I feel like I'm on fire. And I'll keep on keep on truckin', baby. I got to keep on truckin'..... (It's what we do. We don't give up.)
Posted by: Marie at 7:36 PM |
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Are you hanging up
This morning's fog.
Lines formed at service stations, and “sorry no gas” signs appeared; eventually, Nixon requested that stations voluntarily close from Saturday night through Monday morning. The Senate came eight votes short of passing a law that would have instituted gas rationing, and the order had already been given to print the coupon books.
I, too, remember this time. I was a senior in high school and at the beginning of my driving career. Due to overcrowding, Springfield high schools were on split shifts. Freshman and sophomores went to school from noon to 5:00, and juniors and seniors went from 7:00 a.m. to noon. Knowing me like I do, I don't know how I did it, but I managed to get up early enough every day to not only not be late, but to get the parking spot closest to the gym.
I had a green, used 1965 Olds F-85 four-door, which my dad dropped $150.00 on at the dealership where he was a mechanic. Of course, I had to pay him regularly weekly payments to keep driving it, which I happily did. (Many times over, probably.) That car had bench seats all around, one seat belt for the driver's seat and an AM radio. You had to turn the radio off when you turned off the engine, otherwise the radio would keep going and run the battery down (how would I know that). The car also had very loose steering and what we used to call pick-up (how would I know that),
We were all very aware of the OPEC embargo, especially since there was something on the news about it every night -- gas stations with "no gas" signs, gas lines around the block, plus the politics of it all. But I don't remember Springfield being as affected as the parts of the country they showed on the news. I do remember Illinois changing the highway speed limit from 70 to 55 mph about that time.
By December, because I was down to four classes, I got out of school at 11:00 a.m. The short school day allowed me to come home, watch a few game shows (I felt like Joe Garagiola was my friend), have lunch, then go to work as a counter girl at Lloyd's Cleaners at 12th and South Grand. And that is where I met the world.
* A stocking on your wall......... (Slade! 1973! This is your life!)
Posted by: Marie at 9:47 PM |
Monday, December 02, 2013
It's lovely weather
Jefferson Street. I think this was a car dealership until about the early 1960s.
Shorts and sandals weather. In December. In the Midwest. It's what's ahead that we dread.
* For sale. Needs air in the right front tire. (Thanks, Allie.)
So when CBS executives first saw A Charlie Brown Christmas, it wasn’t what they were expecting, and they didn’t like it. Not enough jokes, no laugh track, too slow-moving, too religious. It can be argued that the program isn’t really a kids’ show at all—but whatever it was, network executives saw it as that most deadly of things, then and now: a thoughtful television program. But they put it on anyway, and despite their doubts, it was a hit.
* For a sleigh ride together with you... (At the end of this album, which I only have bits and pieces of on MP3, over the soft music of Silent Night, you hear the spoken word voice of the producer, Phil Spector, a Jewish kid from the Bronx, I think, sincerely thanking everyone on the album and the fans, and going on to say how much Christmas meant to him when he was growing up in the neighborhood. It's so sincere and sweet and I believe him.)
Posted by: Marie at 8:32 PM |
Sunday, December 01, 2013
We wish you ten times more
I have too many complaints to blog about. Complaints about healthcare.gov, complaints about the new SJ-R web site, complaints about people in general, complaints about myself, my life and my lack of focus, complaints about.... So, in an effort to snap out of it, let's try this...
Soal, a soal, a soal cake, please good missus a soul cake.
Posted by: Marie at 8:33 PM |
Saturday, November 30, 2013
We'll give you your eligibility results after verify your identity
* In case anyone was wondering, I'm still waiting for my identity to be verified by healthcare.gov. Briefly, I spoke to Experian and gave them the number I was assigned by healthcare.gov. But, they didn't have it in their system.
I called the number at the bottom of the letter and spoke to a really nice young man. Unfortunately, he didn't have access to anything more than I had access to. However, he did make the determination that my case deserved to be kicked up to the "Advance Resolution Center." He said they would call me within two to five business days. I gave him my cell phone number and told him they could call any time of the day or night. So far, no one has called. That was on November 5, 2013.
On November 7, I checked the web site and noticed that, in red, my identity "wasn't verified." Well, at least someone looked at my account, I thought. So, I started the process to order a copy of my birth certificate.
Then, a few days after that, I checked the web site and noticed my status had gone back to "Identity verification pending." Unbelievable!
I tried uploading my birth certificate, but in the case of using your birth certificate, you have to give them another form of identification. When I tried to do that, the web site sent me back to the beginning of the registration process. By this time, I was ready to throw in the towel, give up on ever getting health insurance and just take the penalty.
But, I decided to try it again on November 25. I uploaded my birth certificate, but it wouldn't let me upload a second document. It sent me back to the beginning, again. I did get this message with the poorly formed sentence, which may have been there the entire time, but I just noticed it:
Obviously, someone didn't put a lot of thought it that.
Posted by: Marie at 9:43 PM |