Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Should We Be Tolerant?

I usually try to write my blog entries about things that are relatable to most people. I generally try to remain upbeat and positive. A good blogger will have a solid viewpoint and try to stick with it. It's never my intent to offend anyone, but I also need to strive a bit harder to not be 'middle of the fence' on my topics. It's my nature to play the mediator, perhaps because I was on the debate team in high school (a little known fact you may not have known). I try to help people sort through things that happen in their lives. Subconsciously I find myself trying to not pick sides, but sometimes I reach a certain point and then I can't help myself ... I get up on my soap box and I rant! Yep, you heard me right. I'm not always soft spoken or mild mannered. I'm sorry if you feel disillusioned right now. Get my feathers ruffled and I'll pitch a fit as good as the next person.

Lately I feel like my tolerance levels are being tested. Why? I'm not really sure, but I sure wish I knew. I've become intolerant to people disregarding when I'm trying to sleep and setting off loud fireworks late into the night. For goodness sakes, it's not even the weekend yet or the actual holiday! I'm intolerant of people being loud and carrying on outside on a weeknight. It's midnight ... some of us need to get up and go to work tomorrow. I'm definately intolerant of people talking on their cell phones and texting while driving - it's not my fault you have one hand on your phone and one hand on your steering wheel which leaves you with NO available hands to actually use your turn signal and let us other drivers know that you intended to make that sudden right hand turn. And to conclude (drum roll please ...) I am absolutely intolerant to the fact that gas prices will AWLAYS go up by at least 20cents the day before a holiday. Common, seriously, do the people at the oil companies really think the American public is THAT stupid?

What makes you get up on your soapbox?


  1. What makes me get up on my soapbox? Medical Insurance! I pay to have medical insurance for daughter and I and we have a $6,000 family deductible for the year. We hit that in January and I'm making payments on it. She gets married and could be added to her husbands insurance. I inquire with BCBS what happens when if I drop her off my policy? I would go to single person plan which is a $3,000 deductible. However, because 5 of the 6 thousand was from my daughter and only 1,000 was from me, I would still have to pay another 2,000 deductible for the year. Why should I have to pay $8,000 for the year when a family deductible is only $6,000? Not fair! Needless, to say I had to compare my payroll deduction for covering her versus the increased deductible, I am going to just keep her on until the end of the year.

  2. I don't blame you for being frustrated. 7 years ago when I had cancer my insurance company wouldn't cover a shot that I needed.They said it was 'optional' and not needed. The one shot ran $4,800. I needed the shot within 24 hours after a chemo treatment to rebuild my white cells. I couldn't pay $4,800 so I skipped it. Needless to say my white count bottomed out to a negative number and I ended up in the hospital for 5 days in isolation while they treated me. My oncologist went to bat for me and for the next 5 treatments the shot was covered. The ironic part was when the insurance company paid for the shot they settled and paid $2,800! BUT if I paid it it was going to cost me the full $4,800. Never could understand that one.