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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

This business of changing medical insurance plans is rocking my world. The new HMO has the reputation of being aggressive, but I thought that just meant that it was in cahoots with the insurance company to keep me from wasting their money. And of course thereís some of that, because thatís the way these soulless entities work.

But no, the new HMO went out of its way to make me feel welcome. They insisted that I choose a personal physician, which I did (one Tammy has taken her kids to and liked). They have a wonderfully interactive website that practically begs you to diagnose yourself and prescribe your own treatment. Which, by the way, I find very helpful, not being one who goes out of my way to go out of my way to a doctorís office.

Yesterday I found a package on my doorstep from the new HMO. They sent me a guide to their services, with phone numbers and helpful hints. And they sent me a handbook, about an inch thick, with everything you could ever possibly want to know about health and fitness and wellness (apparently these are not all the same thing).

Very cleverly, the HMO has peppered its handbook with information about exercise and nutrition. It almost seems as if they think that if you eat right and work out a bit, youíre going to have fewer problems that need treatment. Well, that hit me like a ton of brick cheese (which, I believe, weighs more than a ton of cheddar).

I immediately took all this information to heart. Itís obvious the HMO has my best interests at heart, and I donít want to let them down. I havenít exactly started the 30 minute-per-day exercise regime yet, but I plan to get going really, really soon. Seriously. In the very near future. I even weighed myself for the first time in about three years, and if that doesnít shock me into heavy reps, nothing will.

3 August 2005

Standing in the shade of the Old Oak (with my new camera).

As for the nutrition part, I looked at the food pyramid and liked what I saw. Lots of breads and cereals, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and just enough meat and dairy. The tiny triangle at the top for all the other good things in the world, like cookies and donuts and chips and butter and fats and oils Ė well, thatís going to be hard, trying to fit all my food weaknesses into such a tiny space on the pyramid.

But there is a loophole that Iím grateful to the HMO for including. It says that if you eat healthily (actually I think it says ďmake healthy eating choicesĒ) 80 percent of the time, anything goes the other 20 (or at least thatís the way I read it). In just one day, Iím already at about 50/50, so I donít have much further to go. Thank goodness!

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In their season-long quest to find new and creative ways to lose, the Giants were successfully innovative tonight. In a tie game in the top of the ninth, with a runner moving from first base, Tyler Walker threw a pitchout that wasnít quite wide enough, and catcher Yamid Haad stepped out a little too quickly from behind the plate to make the throw. They would have had the runner nailed for the second out except that the batter lunged across the plate and ticked Haadís mitt with the end of the bat. Thatís catcherís interference, and the ball is dead and the batter is awarded first base, and that runner who would have been out now becomes the potential winning run. That potential was realized, and the Rockies beat the Giants again, 3-2.

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