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Believe it or not, I am planning for activities after the day of the wedding. In fact, I’ve booked trips into December for work. I didn’t mean to plan so far ahead, but it’s cheaper to book the trips close to the holidays now rather than with the hoards of merry folks.
I’m surprised at how quickly the frequent traveler stuff adds up. I won’t be hitting the super duper frequent flier level in 2009 – but if travel like this continues into 2010, I would hit it certainly. I will, however, hit the second rewards level with Marriot in October. The great thing about that besides free nights, is room upgrades. (yeah!)
Congrats to Cousin Vern who married is lady this weekend in a small ceremony in Cannon Beach, Or.
Vern & Kelsey told Jason and I that they thought we were crazy for doing the big wedding thing. However, this is a second marriage for both of them and they understand our excitement over our first (and likely only) wedding. Vern was very specific in telling us that they wanted a tiny intimate ceremony and weren’t going to invite anyone but immediate family. Jason and I opted to respect their wishes and stayed away. We sent a small gift (even though Kelsey said they didn’t need anything) because it was a wedding for pete sake. Mom said she fielded some questions from the aunts as to where Jason and I were this weekend.
But.. where were we? Long Beach! Oh what a great time we had. There was salt water taffy, playing in the surf, exploring the lighthouses, the board walk, the bumper cars, a few unfortunate shots of tequila (It is official, I can’t DO tequila.) We discovered that the Tilt-A-Whirl is a bad idea after a gin and tonic. We stayed at these cute little bungalows on the main beach approach. It was wonderful to be able to walk to all the Long Beach attractions. Saturday we ventured into Ilwaco and had lunch at the port. The Saturday art fair is fun and being there when the fishing boats come in is exciting. People cruise up the walk with their catch. We ran into (or rather I stalked down) one of my favorite beach guys and said hello.
Jason thinks I’m fibbing about the questionable weather at the beach. All three times we’ve gone down it has been amazing. Honest… it rains at the beach.
The only hassle is the actual getting there. It was a four hour drive to get there and we skipped most of the I-5 portion of the trip by taking back roads (18).
When I return to my own computer I’ll post some of the pix from the fun fun trip.
We have asked that folks RSVP by Saturday and for the most part people have replied either by the pre-stamped envelope or by phone. (Horror of horrors – I did mail a few RSVP cards with no stamps. EEK. Melinda – you’ll be getting a check for the stamp you had to buy.)
As of last week though we had 33 outstanding RSVP’s. Most we have an idea of the yes/no status but it’s still nice to get accurate numbers. We will be under the dreaded limit of 175. – Whew! Because of this we have been able to extend the “bring your kids” to our wedding party. We still can’t accommodate all the kids in our lives and I know that sucks. I remember not being invited to a wedding because I was a kid – totally unfair.
We hadn’t heard yet from the family member who is in a snit over some past slight or some darn thing that occurred before I was around. I was gearing up for a fight, an extremely rigid line in the sand or some harsh words –but much to my genuine happiness, we received the RSVP and said relative will be attending. Jason said he didn’t care, but I think that was a bit of crap. I was worried that the ‘snit’ would extend and then be made worse by the snub.
Thankfully we are serving a buffet so we can have some latitude on the volume of food. We just don’t want to be paying for 25 extra people – but I’ve been told that even though folks have said they will come some just won’t show. This perplexes me. How is our special day not the priority for everyone?
Anyway – we will still have to make some phone calls to ask about attendance, but the numbers are dwindling. I am going to miss running to the mailbox to find the neat envelope pre-printed with my name on it. People have been so kind with their notes too. If I ever get invited to another wedding I’ll be sure to include a personal note with my ON TIME rsvp.
For those of you who surf here simply to hear the ‘update of the day’ regarding the wedding will be disappointed. “Hold the phone, you’re getting married? No one told ME that!!!”
I’ve been thinking about the huge topic of national health care. Politics aside, I’m wondering what is the right thing to do for our country.
It is hard to sort through the facts from the rhetoric and the “Obama’s going to spend us into the poorhouse” type comments to figure out for myself where is the right place to stand on this issue.
I am biased because of my liberal point of view, and I think that our current system is filled with strange and easily abused rules. I worry that we have a huge population of people who can’t afford to manage their health within the confines of the current system. Yes, there is Medicaid but many of our working poor don’t qualify but don’t have adequate insurance either.
The thing that bugs me about our current system is the strange pricing of things. The pricing seems to be scaled to whatever your method of payment is. I understand this in a scenario where a service provider (Dr. Joe) is serving someone in his community whom he knows can’t pay and he’s willing to accept a goat for setting a broken arm. However, I don’t understand it when the price of something changes because it is or isn’t being submitted for insurance.
There is a company that provides supplies for a medical device (much needed, but in the end it’s all neatly packaged pieces of plastic tubing.) The bill submitted to the insurance company is about $1000.00. The insurance company pays about $125 – the ‘allowable’ amount and the supply company is satisfied with that number and doesn’t bill back the remaining amount to the patient.
Now, on one hand I’m happy the patient doesn’t have to fork over an additional $875 out of pocket – but isn’t the true price of these items $125… or less?
More perplexing to me is what someone without insurance would pay for these items. Is it $1000 – is it $125? Or is the system so confusing that they live without these supplies?
We are a wealthy country and should be able to and want to afford to provide ALL children with immunizations and dental care. Will it be hard? Probably. Is it the right thing to do? I think so. Do I have the patience to keep 100% up to date on the pro’s & con’s? No.
Oh, I really got away from what I wanted my main point to be. I wanted to comment on how hard it is to pay attention to the nuances of this issue. I’m hoping that it will just get done, and am aware that is not the way to participate in changing our world. I see folks who have the energy to get fired up on important topics and I wish I had more of that gumption.
Morbid. But, I suppose as people who are in the process of merging their lives the business of the location mortgage payments and cable bills are things to talk about.
Anyway, I'm thankful for a wonderful day yesterday with my parents. We had a nice lunch at a Brewery in Sunnyside and later, while Jason took a break from setting up a wireless network for Ma and Pa TP gal, we toured a couple local wineries.
It was hotter than all get out (106) but we managed it ok. Jason was eager to take another dip in the pool last night. The pool here is tiny but effective in the bring your body temp down to a human level.
Mom and I had a difficult conversation about the realities of certain inevitable future events and I think we both were relieved to be able to discuss it. (I know...vague). I will say that I don't think it's terrible advice to spend time with your loved ones.
Similarly, I think it's time to set the petty bullshit aside if you're harboring "hurt and anger". Life is too short. While getting to know Jason's big family was overwhelming at first (...so Aunt M was a nun and then wasn't. Got married but the moved back into the convent...or was that Aunt B?) it has shown me that the silly things my family does is, well, normal. Oh how I wished I knew that when I was 15.
Maybe there will always be someone who is pissed and hurt about something that is not entirely clear. I guess my hope (and vow) is to let it not be me.
Golly, deep thought for such an early hour.
On a different note, I do love hotel blackout curtains. It's getting light outside but is still nice and dark in our room. Maybe I'll set the phone down and try to catch some more z's.
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