What a Rip-Off !!!

I went to the pharmacy to purchase my MoviPrep for Monday’s procedure.  What a RIP-OFF.  They charge you $62 (before insurance, which only paid about $15) for the stuff.  Now, the last time I had this done I was told to buy a bottle of this clear citrus-flavored laxative.  It was over-the-counter, and only cost a few bucks.

This stuff is largely the same ingredients with the exception of polyethlene glycol.  The ingredients are listed here:

200 grams of PEG-3350 (polyethlene glycol – a base for many laxatives, cosmetics, etc.  quite commonly used),
15 grams of sodium sulfate (a salt used as a laxative),
5.38 grams of sodium chloride (table salt),
2.03 grams of potassium chloride (a salt often sold as salt substitute),
9.4 grams of ascorbic acid (vit. C), and
11.8 grams of sodium ascorbate (a salt made from vit. C – cuts the tartness) plus the following excipients:
aspartame (sweetener),
acesulfame potassium (sweetener), and
lemon flavoring.

Rip-off, rip-off, rip-off !!!

None of that stuff is even remotely worth $62.    Next time, I’m going to say, “No”, to MoviPrep.  Best case, the stuff probably costs them about $5 to make, which means they could sell it to WalMart for $10, and WalMart could sell it for $20.    There’s only one way to fight high prices – boycott the product.

Lunch with Pres. Clark

A while back I learned that President Clark (our stake president) worked for the company that owns the building where my Rochester office is.  So, I suggested we get together for lunch.  Since then, he changed jobs, but we still got together for lunch.

We met at Unkl Moe’s which is across the street from where I work.  It is a rib house and they specialize in southern style BBQ and sides like sweet potato pie, fries, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, etc.

It was nice to get to know each other and talk about family, missions, friends, and places we’ve lived.

After work, I had a ton of stuff to get done.  Elizabethe’s DVD with her computer drivers came, and I started the installation.  I had some client photos to update.  Showed Enrico how to restore a photo.  Hey!  I got a lot done today.

Here’s another pic from Saturday…

Green Fly, Yellow Flower

The Consultation

If you have never read Dave Berry’s column about his colonoscopy, it is pretty funny.  You can find it here…

http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/02/11/427603_p2/dave-barry-a-journey-into-my-colon.html

I read this after my first colonoscopy and Dave does a pretty good job of the description.

Well, today I had a consultation regarding having a routine colonoscopy.  When the physician’s assistant asked if I had ever had one I told her that I had, and that I have also read Dave Berry’s description.

She said, “Well, guess what?  You are going to get the same laxative.”

“Oh, the nuclear powered stuff, eh?” I responded.

 I told the P.A. I was going to refuse sedation.  I figure if it hurts too much, something is going wrong, and I want to know about it then, not a few days later when I double-over in pain.  I figure if I hear the word, “Oops!”, that I want to be able to take the witness stand and say, “Yes, your honor, the doctor at that point said, ‘Oops!'”

Also, I recall the lower G.I. being worse than the colonoscopy.  At least with  an upper G.I. they have you drink the barium slurry.  I will take a colonoscopy over a lower G.I. any day.  For that matter, the upper G.I. wasn’t all that pleasant either.  Let’s just say, any sort of intestinal investigation is not pleasant.

The last time I recall some discomfort when they made the 2nd and 3rd turns in the colon.  Most of the discomfort was due to their blowing air in colon.  Of course, that air has to go some where, and there is only one exit.  Now, the doctor told me at the start that I could expell the air (that’s a polite way of saying, “Go ahead and fart.”)   But, you spend you whole life trying not to expel air, and now someone is telling you, “Yeah, go ahead and fart on me.”  It goes against all common decency.

Comes Monday, I  get to do it all again.  Please don’t wish me luck.  I don’t want luck to have any part of this.

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Back at work, and after day of meetings, it was off to the temple.  It was a good night and we had enough guests to keep us busy.

Here’s a picture from Saturday’s photo walk for your enjoyment…

Blue Pumpkin on a Bicycle

Drizzle

Today was a drizzly day.  I walked out to my car at lunch time and it was just a heavy drizzle.  It was a heavy mist like I had never seen before.  I got pretty wet but it didn’t feel like a single drop landed on me.  All of this must be good for the plants.

A while back I was at WalMart, and don’t ask me why, but I noticed a whole section of Italian specialty foods like gnocchi, polenta, pizza dough (on the shelf, in a bag), and expensive boxes of pasta and bottles of sauce.   The section was separate from the normal pasta and sauce.  So, tonight I go back to that section to pick up some polenta for Enrico.  Do you think it was there?  Nooooo…

I also had Tiger Sauce on my shopping list.  I buy it all the time.  I went straight to where it always is and was it there?  Nooo…

They need a Wegman’s in the Macedon shopping center.

Enrico, Beardsleys and Bishop Taylor

It was a full day today.  I am now the only organist, and so it was my Sunday (by default) to play the organ.  I almost spaced out that we had a rest hymn.  The speaker finished her talk and I just sat there for a while before I thought, “Oh, crud.  I’m supposed to be playing the organ right now.”

Bishop Taylor conducted for his first time as bishop.    After accidentally calling Edd Jones, Edd Green, he said, “The first mistake of many.”  (I do love Bishop Taylor’s humility.)

Enrico was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was a wonderful experience.  There are few experiences in life that are as rewarding as being able to confirm a close friend.

After church, I was asked to stick around so Enrico could meet with Bishop Taylor.  (It is nice to see the bishop is already on top of things.)  He interviewed Enrico for the Aaronic Priesthood.  I spent the time in the foyer talking to Sam Russell, Greg Templeman, Ken Grier and Lance Pyne.  It was fun to hear about Greg’s experience in his little powder-blue Vespa and the Harley-Davidson-riding bikers.  (Note:  For those who haven’t ridden motorcycles, it is quite common for a H-D rider to ride by you, and with their left hand, give you a peace-sign or wave from beneath the handlebars.  It is kind of tradition of courtesy bikers give to each other.  This said, even moped and scooter riders will receive such greetings from bikers on the BIG bikes.   This is even more comical if you have seen Greg’s scooter.  Don’t get me wrong, Greg’s scooter is quite cool looking, but it is definitely no Harley.)

 Elder and Sister Beardsley came to dinner tonight.  We had fun sharing stories after dinner about Scout campouts and other crazy things boys (and men) do.

So, it was a full and rewarding day.

Macedon Photo Walk

This morning was the Macedon photo walk.  We had one participant, but that’s okay.  We had a good walk through the village and got lots of photos. (I will post some of mine at a later date.)

Macedon started off as part of Palmyra and was split off in 1823.  It was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.  Macedon today is a village of about 1,500 people, with a town of about 9,000.  There is a movement afoot to dissolve the village and incorporate it as part of the town.

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I had a portrait session after the walk.  Like all my sessions, it was fun.  But, at the end of the day, I was exhausted and thus – no photos right now.  They will have to wait for another day.

Windows without Drivers

Windows XP without Drivers is about as useful as a computer without any software.  I reinstalled Windows XP on Elizabethe’s Dell B110 only to discover the Dell Windows DVD did not include any drivers.  The screen, the network card, etc., would not function properly as a result.

The good news is, her computer boots lightening fast.  The bad news is…. so what!

After work we stopped at Panera because I had a $10 gift card.  That place is good, but expensive.  Even with the $10 card we still had to pay another $10 for a couple of 1/2 sandwiches and 1/2 salads.  Or, in other words, it was about $20 for a sandwich and a salad (no drinks).  (I would never buy a loaf of bread there.  It is about $7 for a loaf of bread.  That’s outrageous.)  And, if I did not have a gift card, I would NOT eat there.  You do not get your money’s worth.

So, if anyone from Panera is reading my blog, please take note… you are too expensive.  Had I not received the $10 gift card, I would not choose your restaurant.  For the $10 I spent after using the gift card, my wife and I could have had sandwiches at Subway and probably had leftovers for the next day.

I once read that if you want to save money, don’t fall for 1/2 deals and stuff like that.  Well, I guess the same can be said about $10 gift cards for trendy, expensive sandwich shops.

First Day of Fall

Fall officially started last night.  I got up at the crack of dawn (what’s new?) and took my walk.  What a beautiful sky…

First Day of Fall 2010 (iPhone)

Enrico and Louise went out to celebrate their wedding anniversary.  I think it’s 38 years?  I’m sure they will correct me if I’m wrong.

Aside from that, I worked my rear off today and can’t really tell you what I got done.  Isn’t that sad?  Actually, it is a sign that I must be getting old.  (There used to be a time in my life when I thought I’d remember everything.  Not any more.)

Fall Starts Tonight

Autumnal Equinox  Sep 22 2010  11:09 PM EDT

Yup, that’s right.  Summer will be officially over at 11:09 pm EDT.  Watch for my  2010/11 Season Watch page!

I got up this morning, checked out of my hotel room, and headed for some breakfast.  I found a Friendly’s and ate there.  I think they do a better job with breakfast than dinner.

I decided to drive to Walton, New York.  Yes, that’s right.  Walton, New York.

Brent Walton in Walton, New York

I checked out the cemetery to see if there were any Walton’s dating back to the 1700s.  No such luck.  Found one who had only died in 2001.

 However, I did find this very cool castle.  I couldn’t find anything that said what it was used for.  I was all fenced off.

Castle in Walton, New York

From there I drove through the Catskills.  Pretty impressive.  The trees are starting to turn down there.

The Catskills

Southern Tier Professional Photographers

I drove after work to Endwell, New York.  It’s a 3 hour drive from here.  The purpose of my trip was to speak at the Southern Tier Professional Photographers.

The drive went well until I got to Syracuse.  Then, it turned in to bumper to bumper traffic AND all at the time I needed to find a restroom.  I tell you, there are no service stations near the freeway in downtown Syracuse, NY.  And, it is a congested city.  It makes Rochester look small.

As I started getting closer to Binghamton, the view became more spectacular.  Here’s a shot from the car with my iPhone…

Near Binghamton, New York.

They do it nice there.  They meet for dinner, and then have some announcements, and then have their guest speaker.

My presentation went well without any technical glitches.  I could have used more time, but covered the main things I wanted to cover.  It was fun.