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Yes, yes, working on posts. Sort in a state of stasis at times waiting to hear from someone about when I am needed somewhere.

Stepping out perils...





...fuck it...gonna 'step out', so to speak...more like blog some things that should have been blogged about, oh, probably a year ago...

Finally!

Mother nature took her meds. Not a cloud in the sky.


Which means....


Snark level cranked to 11

I sent out some missives yesterday. I'll redact my doctor's name, the name of office I now go to, and a couple employee's names. But since I am no longer with Unity Health I shall most certainly name them! And yes, I can name who I see now, I just make it a general practice to never do that.

[This one was sent to Unity regarding my medical records not arriving at my new place in a timely fashion. And my left parenthesis is broke, so I use square brackets for them, so no, when you see them it's not me doing a sotto voice to the audience, it was really in the missive. Yes, I mention I'm with Summa, but Summa is fucking huge and has dozens of offices I could possibly be at.]

Subject: Let's learn about patient record requests!

Please forward to any other appropriate entity within Unity. For some reason, not surprising, this was the only email address I could find on the website. I know icky patient contact!

To whomever, probably in the 'call center', that handles patient record requests:

Is there an ICD-10 code of naivety? Or delusions that a medical place will act in an appropriate manner? No? Well there should be, because I actually suffered from both those conditions when I requested my records from Unity, though in the back of my mind I knew it would come to this, because something so simple? Pfft!

My medical records were requested from Unity on April 7th. It is now May 22 and they are not at my new provider’s office, as far as they can tell, though they recall seeing my name on a package last week so maybe? The only thing I received was a bill from Ciox, dated May 10, on May 20 that appears to show my records will be mailed from Georgia [really?!]. That does not count as complying with the rules regarding sending medical records. Actually, this proves you did NOT comply with the 30 day rule. I was told at [new medical office] it was 30 business days; but from a state office, and from reading HIPAA itself, it’s 30 CALENDAR DAYS. Their May 10 dated invoice, which they included with my April 7 dated request, shows that 30 days were exceeded. No calculator needed for that math.So even IF my records arrived last week, that is not within 30 days, it's more than, if you needed help with the math.

I have been having to recreate my medical records with my doctor via memory, past visit summaries I kept, emails I sent friends, and blog entries. I’ve spent at least 6 hours the past couple months doing this. I bill $10/hour, should I counter bill you $60? It’s ridiculous I have no access to my health records and I have had to resort to those measures. But hey, thank Jack Lord I write about my life online, because thanks to y’all it’s the only real ‘medical record’ I have at this point!

I have no doubt that had this request been sent to Dr. [redacted]’s former office, the request would have been dealt with promptly and professionally. Unfortunately, it had to go through the ‘Unity’ office where things are done thru a prism of NEW! STREAMLINED! EFFICIENT! things such as the 'call center', which is a boondoggle for another missive [that one is next!]. I'm trying to convey that outside of the doctor's office things are not done in a patient friendly manner.

Pursuant to HIPAA there is something called Timeliness in Providing Access. “...no later than 30 calendar days from receiving the individual’s request.” My request was sent April 7th and using business days, 30 business days are up. Using calendar days, you’re woefully late and in violation of this. HIPAA also states, since you don’t seem familiar with it: “The 30 calendar days is an outer limit and covered entities are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.” [Underlining theirs, not line, it’s really that important. For some reason medical records can really help physicians care for their patients, you might not be aware of that.]

“If a covered entity is unable to provide access within 30 calendar days -- example, where the information is archived offsite and not readily accessible -- the covered entity may extend the time by no more than an additional 30 days. To extend the time, the covered entity must, within the initial 30 days, inform the individual in writing of the reasons for the delay and the date by which the covered entity will provide access. Only one extension is permitted per access request.” [Emphasis mine.] I received no notice about a delay in the processing of my records. What is your excuse for this lapse in the law? You can try the ‘we didn’t get the request’ line; but alas, I have a confirmation from my provider that it was received the day it was sent.

Regarding the nifty little bill from Ciox, let’s refer to HIPAA again and fees for copies. HIPAA does allow fees for copies, but regarding postage, it is to be charged when the individual requests that the copy be mailed. I did NOT request my records to be mailed. Why in the world would I do that? My medical records are electronic, so why print the pages and mail them? I’m all for annoying Al Gore by printing excessive paper, but in no way shape or form did/do I want my medical records going through the mail. I am a supporter of the post office; but I don’t want the risk of my records being misdelivered, lost, envelope ripped and scattered everywhere, etc. It’s 2017 and you’re MAILING THEM?!

“Further, while the Privacy Rule permits the limited fee described above, covered entities should provide individuals who request access to their information with copies of their PHI free of charge. While covered entities should forgo fees for all individuals, not charging fees for access is particularly vital in cases where the financial situation of an individual requesting access would make it difficult or impossible for the individual to afford the fee. Providing individual with access to their health information is a necessary component of delivering and paying for health care. We will continue to monitor whether the fees that are charged to individuals are creating barriers to this access, will take enforcement action where necessary, and will reassess as necessary the provisions in the Privacy Rule that permit these fees to be charged.” [Emphasis mine.] Yeah, the fee creates a barrier of access for me.

“When an individual requests access to her PHI and the covered entity intends to charge the individual the limited fee permitted by the HIPAA Privacy Rule for providing the individual with a copy of her PHI, the covered entity must inform the individual in advance of the approximate fee that may be charged for the copy.” [Their emphasis.] I received no such notice of fees.

“Since the fee a covered entity is permitted to charge will vary based on the form and format and manner of access requested or agreed to by the individual, covered entities must, at the time such details are being negotiated or arranged, inform the individual or any associated fees that may impact the form and format and manner in which the individual requests or agrees to receive copy of her PHI. The failure to provide advance notice is an unreasonable measure that may serve as a barrier to the right of access. Thus, this requirement is necessary for the right of access to operate consistent with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Further, covered entities should post of their web sites or otherwise make available to individuals an approximate fee schedule for regular types of access requests. “ [Underlining theirs, bolding mine.] Where was this notice at? I know you don’t like to inform patients of things in a timely manner, ie: it took one year to put notices in offices that you were using a 'call center' and who knows if you’ve informed patients yet about how they need to request refills and not pharmacies--because if a pharmacy requests a refill now the request will be ignored.

“Per page fees are not permitted for paper or electronic copies of PHI maintained electronically.” I’m being billed per page and my records are electronic, though it appears y'all were extra special and converted mine to paper. Should I be flattered?

“Flat fee for electronic copies of PHI maintained electronically. A covered entity may charge individuals a flat fee for all requests for electronic copies of PHI maintained electronically, provided the fee does not exceed $6.50, inclusive of all labor, supplies, and any applicable postage.”

Is $6.50 the maximum amount that can be charged to provide individuals with a copy of their PHI? No. … An entity that chooses to calculate actual costs in these circumstances still must --as in other cases--inform the individual in advance of the approximate fee that may be charged for providing the copy requested.”

Is it coming across that, oops, we didn’t do this? Are you familiar with any of this?

I want my records, I didn’t want them mailed, and I’m financially unable to pay the bill. It’s a shame a medical place is unaware of HIPAA medical record request rules. And yes, they very well might have been received last week as paper copies, but it wasn't within the time frame, nor did I request paper records. I am one of those who cares about the principal of the matter. I am reporting the time violation to the appropriate agencies and perhaps they can impress upon you the importance of patient's access to their records. I have no doubt I am not the only one this has been done to by you.


Maybe it's just something Unity/Western Reserve does when someone transfers to Summa? Isn't that lawsuit still going on? I can see such pettiness, I mean the U.Y.S. [Up Yours Summa] acronym and then using patients as pawns. Yeah, I could see that. I can actually respect pettiness and passive aggressiveness, but NOT when it involves the health and welfare of people.

U.Y.U.,
Miss Tia

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Now here's the email I sent to the place that sent me a bill for my records. The company name is Ciox.

Subject: Invoice 0216324626

Hi! I got an invoice from you for my medical records. I've no doubt you're unaware of this; but my former provider, Premier Medical Partners [AKA Unity] violated HIPAA's rules regarding record requests. I was not informed of a price beforehand, they violated the time limit, and furthermore, I am financially unable to pay for my records. I do need to thank you for this bill though, as it proves without a doubt that Premier Medical violated the timeline requirement per HIPAA rules, so sincerely thanks for this evidence.

Aside from that one positive, I did NOT agree for my records to be mailed. So even if I was financially able to pay for my records, the method of transference was not one I would have selected. Electronic records are to have a $6.50 fee maximum, except in certain instances, and again, with that, one is to be notified beforehand of price. When you receive electronic records there is no 'per page' fee. I'm all for wasting resources, because every time you do Al Gore feels a pinch; but I would not want my records printed out and mailed as that is not secure.

I'm unsure what in the world a company in Georgia is doing with my medical records; but I don't like that. No sir, I don't like that one iota. I'm not phoning the number on the invoice, as I have to spend more time trying to recreate my medical records from memory, past visit summaries I had kept, emails, and blog entries. Do I send you a counter-invoice for that? Or Premier Medical Partners?

Do not contact me via phone. In addition, I will not pay this bill, even if I was financially able, as I was not made aware of charges beforehand. As far as I am concerned your company name has a superfluous 'i' in it.

Understanding why there's a class action suit against you,
Miss Tia

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My other missive to Unity summing up my issues with them.

Subject: Sticks, Carrots, Fertilize My Garden Unity!

Please forward to any other appropriate entity within Unity. For some reason, not surprising, this was the only email address I could find on the website. I know icky patient contact!

To whomever, probably in the 'call center', that handles complaints/concerns, because yes, even though I will no longer go to Unity, I do have concern for others. I probably should see someone about that, as concern for others is the first sign of liberalism. GASP!! Wait, maybe I just heard that on Fox News? Yeah, that's vegetable fertilizer there. Regardless, I do have genuine concern for others.

Knowing this is an exercise in futility, I still put forth the effort to send this. I know patients are really about the last thing Unity Health considers, but perhaps some day you'll have to realize that patients should be your first priority. An important way to convey they are your priority is to communicate with them about changes, things you do, etc. In my time there Unity Health failed miserably at that. Why communicate to the patients? I mean, you know best, so patients should just shut up and accept whatever right? Even old school doctors were communicable with their patients, why the detachment now? We're still human beings. Here are 5 areas Unity Health really fails in. Then yes, I will give you a carrot after the sticks.

Call Center: Considered some 'crowning achievement', this is truly a boondoggle of a debacle. You describe what is wrong with you, why you want to be seen, then get to the doctor's office and it's either something you didn't say, or it just says 'sick'. On rare occasions it was accurate. Rare as the Cubs winning the World Series. GO CUBS!!

Sometimes you'd get someone who would say hello, how are you, first; but usually it was just a barking order for your birth date. I never felt comfortable with that 'call center' and they might have well been in India as far as I was concerned. It took Unity almost 1 whole year before notices went up in offices that calls were going to a call center instead of directly to the doctor's office. Why not tell people right away? When you get off-putting people and not realize it's a 'call center', you think the staff at your doctor's office has changed and been replaced with a bunch of soulless uncaring automatons. That was genuinely concerning until you arrived there and WHEW! The caring individuals you've come to know over the years were still there. So the soulless uncaring automatons are just at the 'call center' for now. May they some day escape into freedom and humanity!!

RX requests: I wonder if patients have been informed about the new nifty Unity rule where patients are to call in their own prescription refill requests to the 'call center'? I'm gonna gander a guess that no, no they have not, because it hasn't been a year. I learned of this the hard way, when Klein's repeatedly left messages at the 'call center' and no refill came through. I had an upcoming appointment and no, my doctor's office hadn't received a refill request, because had they, it would have been handled promptly. Got it written at the doctor's office, then contacted Unity and learned of this nifty new 'rule'. I was told that if a pharmacy calls for a refill, the 'call center' was to call the patient and ask if it should be filled. I received no calls. It was then claimed in the Unity phone logs there were no calls from Klein's requesting my refill but Klein's had records of the times they had called. I trust Klein's over Unity on this, especially when that 'call center' is involved. Had the calls gone directly to my doctor's office, I KNOW the refill request would have been handled promptly. But no, why let that happen? Make pharmacies call the 'call center', then have the 'call center' call the patient---if the 'call center' acknowledges they even received the request---to see if they wanted the refill. Make more work and waste productive time!

It happened more than once to me but I never bothered to contact Unity about the other times because I knew I couldn't stay at Unity much longer with how it was being run. Not to mention I already knew what the retort would be 'we didn't get the request', which would be a great answer to help fertilize my vegetable garden. How many times do you use that denial line? De'Nile is a river in Egypt, let's keep it that way.

Floatees: Individuals are hired as floatees that lack medical skills for their position. I had a floatee who are unable to properly take my blood pressure. How is this even possible? I honestly thought I had an adult 'make a wish' person who wanted to be a medical tech for a day. I had to put the BP cuff on myself, and even then they then couldn't take it properly. I could have done so for them, but that's not my job [and an aside, I don't have medical skill training, I played a nurse a lot in college though]. They were also unable to properly take my heart rate. Then they wanted to go over my medical history, including medications. They couldn't even pronounce 'valium' correctly, which I sure needed at that moment. I know some meds are hard to pronounce but valium? ulltram? naproxen? Apparently they had been there all week, just for one week, and it had been like that the whole time. So no one screens employees? No one ensures they can take a patient's BP if that's part of their job? For some patients their BP and heart rate is important to have accurately taken, if you weren't aware of that.

A few weeks later, I got another floatee, who thankfully could take BP but again wanted to go over my medical history. I refused saying it was done a few weeks prior. They said Unity wanted it done every visit. Now I dunno if that was true or not; but if it was true, what a waste of productive time!!

Drug testing: I know darn well this wasn't determined by my doctor's specific office and had to have come from Unity's office. When people who are prescribed controlled substances by physicians are given urine tests you should NOT LIE TO THEM, nor hold them 'hostage'. I think the lying is worst. You're held 'hostage' because you're told if you don't pee on command your prescription will be withheld for 6 months. The last time this happened to me, I was held 'hostage' for almost an hour and a half and drank so much water I was about ready to throw up. I was told, as I had been previous times, that this was a law by the Pharmacy Board. Since I was being held 'hostage' for so long and was feeling so sick from all the water, I fired off a missive to the Pharmacy Board. They replied the next day stating that they did NOT have such a law nor rule and gave me the number to the state medical board, suggesting that they might.

I called the medical board and was transferred to a nice lady there with whom I had to pull the phone away from my ear when she loudly exclaimed "THEY CAN'T DO THAT" when I explained the withholding of a RX for 6 months. But but the pharmacy board law. She picked up I was sarcastic very quickly, which is nice when people do. The lady told me there was NO LAW requiring urine testing for the prescribing of controlled substance BUT there is an Ohio Administrative Code [yes I have it, but you can find it yourself, do something productive, thanks] that states it is at the physicians' discretion and she explained why so many physicians did that. When she explained why to me, it made total sense. No, I shan't share that with you, as you might use it and I'll be damned I help you out. She also said urine tests should be done at office visits if possible, which makes sense, and prior to the last time I was held hostage I had actually peed in a cup and could have filled several. I guess that made too much sense? I told her it was always done when you came in to pick up the RX and then you were trapped, held hostage, or they'd refuse your RX for 6 months claiming it was the law.

Why do you lie to patients about this and subject them unneedlessly to this?? Lying to a patient is a breach of trust if you weren't aware of that. Inconveniencing patients and making them sick from drinking so much water isn't good for them either. Explain why you do it at the doctor's discretion and patients would understand that. Believe it or not, most patients are more than capable of understanding such things and I'll even go so far to say that most patients would appreciate being treated with respect. Lying is disrespectful. Do the test at a random office visit, what's wrong with that? I understand you can't tell them in advance, but if someone is in a lot, um?? I guess that just makes too much sense and it's more sadistically fun to lie to patients and hold them 'hostage' or deny them their medication? The lady at the medical board was just aghast about the possible denial of medication because she said some controlled substance withdrawals could cause serious medical harm. But...but...the pharmacy board! Gosh, more stuff to fertilize my vegetable garden with.

Records requests: You have 30 days to fulfill a request. 30 calendar days. If you're going to charge for copies you need to tell the person in advance. Did I mention 30 calendar days? You have 30 calendar days. It really sucks having to try to recreate your own records. I feel I should bill you for my time for that, as it was a waste of productive time. Oh wait, that's MY productive time, so yeah, the hell with that. One truly appreciates access to their medical records though when they no longer have them. And that was a separate missive where I hopefully helped you learn about record requests.

Carrot: Dr. [redacted]'s staff has always been fantastic. Very professional, yet also friendly and caring. Special shout outs for [redacted] and [redacted] there. The man who did blood work across the hall always did a fantastic job. I know Unity is linked with Western Reserve and the Western Reserve Physical Therapy at the Nat is a place I would, and will, recommend to anyone who needs physical therapy.

Unfortunately I can't recommend Unity Health. Despite how much I liked Dr. [redacted] I was ready to leave due to how the patients were considered an after thought by Unity's 'main office', not the individual doctor's offices, as I believe I can safely assume many are like Dr. [redacted] and truly care about their patients. When an entity has a failure to communicate to patients about how their appointments are made and how much access those people have to their records; ignoring RX requests--right right, never got it, uh huh, let me scoop that on my vegetable garden; refusing to state the truth of testing for patients on controlled substances and preferring to lie; hiring people who don't have basic medical skills to work with patients; and violating rules about record requests, well it makes a relationship untenable.

Maybe some day you'll realize patients should be treated with respect, honesty, and not be petty when they leave the practice with their medical record request. That's an assumption on my part. I believe it's a safe one.

You've really fertilized my vegetable garden well, so hey, thanks for that,
Miss Tia

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I keep getting notices from Summa Breast center to schedule another mammogram. I sent them this.

This is for the Breast Imaging Center:

Could you please remove me from your mailing list? Also, I find your notices to be purposely misleading and worded in a manner to alarm people. Saying "Our records indicate that based on your tomosynthesis screening mamogram..." it's time to schedule another. Think about that wording. Why not say, It's almost been a year since your last one, please schedule this year's? When you say "based on" that could/would make someone automatically think something was wrong. It did me! Though I knew the results was fine.

Anyway, I will NEVER EVER have another mammogram again. Oh hell no!!! The first one I had at Akron General was absolutely painless and I had no idea why people said they were so painful. Ah, I went to Summa last year, now I know. The lady said that Akron General did them the same way, when I said my last one was painless, but I cannot imagine Akron General turning to barbarism. Why do that?

There's no way in hell I would ever do that test again. Unless you decide to stop being barbaric torturers. Yes, I'm aware of breast cancer risks and have had biological relatives die from it. Hey, we all gotta die of something. I think getting a mastectomy without anesthesia would be less painful than that mammogram I had last year. My boobs are pretty non-existent anyway, I don't care. No, I won't go to Akron General to get one either, since according to your employee last year they've become barbaric too. Why do that?

Also, you don't even mention the day before about no deodorant and there was a sign in the locker about it but it was fully covered up. I remembered it from my first one; but no one said anything. The tech didn't even ask me. Just basically strip it off, let's torture you, hey let's torture you more, more, and PLEASE come back in a year so we can do it again! Hell no!

May your boobs or testes be smashed flat in a panini maker, repeatedly,
Miss Tia

Fell on black days...RIP Chris Cornell



Bend in the Road

In a bend in the road
I’m too lost and tired
To see where I’m going
What I left behind
And I’m moving
So slow
Don’t know when I’ll arrive
So put a bend in the road
I’m growing tired
Of straight lines

I set off for the shore
And I finally slipped away
From the ones i adored
And the place i was raised
And I rode down the road
Just to watch it go by
And when and where is love?
Maybe nowhere tonight

Everyone needs a touch
Or a shoulder for crying
The say love is a crutch
I say love is blind
And that’s all that she needed
But I could not supply
When a bend in the road
Put it out of my mind

There was a strange little girl
Who was everything I ever dreamed
I could love or be loved by

So put a bridge
Or a hill
Or a forest of pines
Or a river of blue
I can run along side
I’ll sleep when it’s night
I follow all the signs
Just put a bend in the road
I’m growing tired of straight lines
Put a bend in the road
I’m growing tired of straight lines

It'd be wrong and incredible cruel to quote Pretty Noose; but yet another artist foreshadowed their death years prior in lyrics. Yes, I compile these things. I dunno if it helps me deal or what. There are a few other of his too, as with others. People lay things totally bare and no one sees anything. Until it's too late. Maybe they themselves don't even see it, just view it as art from their subconscious or something they read, saw, heard, etc.

I'm still in the WHAT?! NO! FUCK!!!!!!!!!!! stage. A bit ago I mused how Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Scott Weiland, were all gone before their time, amongst others. Those 3 are relative today because I started listening to 'em all with Soundgarden around the the same time. Badmotorfinger was on repeat interchanged with Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nirvana, for about a year. My Lincoln Street basement apartment. Hearing anything from Badmotorfinger I can smell the black cherry candles and sandalwood incense I'd burn.

I sit here in tears for yet another artist I never personally met, but affected me profoundly in my life. Badmotorfinger helped me with severe depression. Superunknown gave me hope in life. His lyrics really touched me emotionally, more so than I ever realized until today. I could relate to many of them.

Saw this first after Bowie. Still true, though there's really not much left of me to die. Listening to Badmotorfinger today has compounded things and made the knife turn a little deeper.

DAIRNP5V0AAsS0v

Some people might be successful, seem to have everything, yet still be missing something. Wealth, fame, these are not shields for depression, angst, suicide. In John Taylor's autobiography he wrote how after shows were the most depressing time for him, and the time he was most apt to abuse drugs [before he got help]. From thousands of fans singing along, enjoying themselves, to being alone in an empty hotel room. A stark contrast that might be the final straw to shatter a fragile psyche.

Fans are in grief, but one cannot imagine what his family and friends are going through, and will continue to go through. Send them peace, love, and light.

This song always seemed to play when The Loft, bar in Kent, was closing. It reminds me of good times. Cluttered table with empty pitches, glasses, and singing drunkenly along, even though the lyrics are sort of dark. "Would you cry for me?" Yes. Yes, I most certainly have and will.



Beauty, pathos, pain, hope, all encapsulated in one haunting song.



Sunshower Lyrics

Dark as roses, fine as sand
Feel your healing and your sting again
I hear you laughing and my soul is saved
On forgotten graves you cry

Crawl like ivy up my spine
Through my nerves and into my eyes
Cuts like anguish
Or recollections of better days gone by

But it's all right
When you're caught in pain
And you feel the rain come down
It's all right
When you find your way
Then you see it disappear
It's all right
Though your garden's grey
I know all your graces
Someday will flower
In the sweet sunshower

Eyes like oceans so far away
A feather trail to a better way
Worried mornings turn into days
Then into worried nights

But it's all right
When you're all in pain
And you feel the rain come down
Oh it's all right
When you find your way
Then you see it disappear
Oh it's all right
Though your garden's grey
I know all your graces
Someday will flower
Oh in the sweet sunshower
Oh in the sweet sunshower
In the sweet sunshower

I know all your graces
Someday will flower
In the sweet sunshower
And it's all right
All you'll be you are today
Are today
It's all right
All you'll be you are today
Are today.........



"No one sings like you anymore." Tragically true. May he have found the peace he sought.
For bizarre reasons, that mostly involve me messing with gmail settings on my cell phone while in bed half asleep, lots of emails went to my 'spam' folder, that I never look at and have hidden. Oops! Gotta start replying to them!

Today I have a permanent bone chill. Even an electric throw wrapped around me isn't resolving it. Sitting in front of the open, obviously on, oven door, resolves it, until I leave to come upstairs. Gotta go outside and take some pix of a tree to send to the cheese guy, because yes, one should ask tree questions of a cheese guy. Isn't that who you go to with tree questions? Showed him a pix I had emailed someone and he said it was something he hadn't really seen before--not the tree, what it looked like a week after it was cut. As I mentioned before, cheese guy is also an arborist. Will post pix of yard, um, hopefully today---but we know what happens when I say I'll post something. So shhhh! Don't jinx it Tia!!

MONTHS later the police report from the shooting I slept thru is now public!! Why it took so long I have no idea. What was learned from this report? The victim was just 15 years old and the phone call apparently came from Joyce's house as people were running down Dayton Place, so more people involved than witnesses saw.

This is a public record, but I'm only putting a few things here. Report 16-031916. Occurred 2:25am, which coincides with the first text I got. Incident address is Vaughn's house; but it was outside that house. The people who live there were not involved at all. Victim was 15 years old, shot in the upper part of his left leg. The offense was 2903.11A1 Felonious Assault victim seriously harmed. No gang involvement.

No arrest, no suspect. "There were an unknown number of unknown suspects..."

Narrative: "Officer Turnure [badge #] and I, Officer Antonucci [badge #] along with multiple other Akron Police units were dispatched to 249 Dayton Place [Joyce's house] in reference to people scattering and a possible shooting. Upon arrival, a juvenile victim was located in the driveway of 575 Robinette Court [I share the driveway with them] with a gunshot wound to his upper-left leg.

Sgt. Davis was notified of the incident via cellphone. The DB [Detective Bureau] desk was also notified of the incident via cell phone. CSU [Crime Scene Unit] responded to the scene to process it for evidence.

Sgt. Davis on scene. DB on scene.

Why this took so long I have no idea. I SLEPT THRU IT ALL!!! Yes, I'm still mad at myself for that!!

Alright, I need to do some dishes, start dinner, and reply to hidden in spam emails! Then maybe blog? Dunno. Don't wanna jinx it.

Edited to remove the hash tag symbol before the report number because LJ has a new fucking stupid 'thing' where if you use a hashtag it'll create a tag for your journal! DO NOT WANT YOU DUMB FUCKS!!! No, obviously no option to opt out.

Earth Day, eh?

So it's 'earth day'. Shouldn't every day be that? Oh no, that's right, short attention spanned peoples need to have a special day. Then they can go somewhere, get a ribbon or bumper sticker and proclaim they care. Better yet, say they're "aware". Yeah, we live on the planet earth. If you aren't aware of that, you just might be from another planet. If you are, please swing by and pick me up on your trip back to your home planet. Kthankx.

How much trash are those earth day events gonna generate? Will anyone point out the hypocrisy of food vendors using plastic sporks? The paper plates, etc. Nah, gotta get the funnel cakes, french fries, and bottled water to proclaim EARTH DAY!! I'd say I wasn't always this cynical, but that'd be a lie.

Being the concerned citizen of the earth that I am me, I'm doing none, some or all of the following:

Earth Day Activities:

  • All lights on in the house

  • Doing a lot of laundry, half unnecessary

  • Took an extra long, extra hot bath

  • Have turned car on/off leaving it run 10-15 minutes every few hours

  • Filling my recycle can with non-recyclables

MOST importantly, I am awaiting Al Gore to arrive on his private jet, then a SUV convoy to lecture me regarding my wastefulness.

Am I jesting about the above list? Do you know me? If so, then you know the answer.

Prince: One Year Later

I still just can't with Prince being gone. I don't think I could ever properly convey how his music not only influenced, comforted, educated, and encouraged me; but also fed my soul in a multitude of ways. That's the best way I can put it. No other musician, not even Bowie, had lyrics that had such a profound effect on my life. Maybe sometime I can properly put it into words. For right now, I still just can't.




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[I posted this in my Vintage Ads community yesterday]

I just read this. Very first sentence says: "It is now illegal in Russia to distribute any images that depict President Vladimir Putin wearing makeup and implying he is gay." Emphasis mine. I'm not IN Russia. Yet LJ is. So does that mean WE can't post such depictions, even if we are not in Russia? Or would that be okay if our community was a paid account, since that user agreement didn't apply to paid accounts? But of course the English user agreement wasn't binding, only the Russian one was. We've all started to learn Russian, right?

Perplexing isn't it? And why is Putin so concerned being depicted wearing makeup? Or implying he's gay? Oh wait, right, right, he's a homophobic dictator. And if Mother Russia is gazing at this post, the views expressed in this post are mine and mine alone. I'm Miss Tia residing in the Land of Misfit Toys, Akron, OH, USA. I've been here since 2004, but I'll be damned I kowtow to anyone, especially homophobic bullies such as Putin.

Wanted to let y'all know of this new Russian law, as it might apply to some of us. Do we have ANY freedom of speech? Or only so long as we don't mock the sensitive little boy Putin? Waaaah! People mock me!

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Uh, 3 days + is tomorrow, right?

Yesterday, weather was decent. Trees are starting to bud, so I tried to cut a branch from the tree that goes over the fence. I ALMOST put my camera on the tripod to film this. It would have been a spectacular fail to behold. I had the 16' extension ladder against the tree. About 4' away I had the step ladder. So it took awhile to get thru the approximately 4" diameter branch that was about 20' high. Instead of breaking down into my yard it went, can you guess? Over the fence. In trying to grab this huge ass branch, I fell off the extension ladder, and landed on the step ladder. Then I had to get the branch over the fence. Okay, that was branch cutting for the day!!! The rest of that tree I'm gonna have to have Eddie's son come over to help with. He has tree cutting experience.

Since I hadn't started to hurt from that yet, I thought I would drag this huge old Christmas decoration from the back yard to the front of the yard to eventually end up in the trash. It's a huge honkin' Santa in a helicopter that is now really faded and has some holes in it. Heavy plastic. About 10' long, 4' wide, and 5' high. I push, pull, drag it thru the valley of the rose of sharon stubs that I haven't cut to the ground yet; through ivy pass; over more stumps; and then an easy glide over the clover to the front fence. I TRIED to get it over the fence, should have had my camera on for THAT, but it was impossible to do. It will not fit thru any of the gates, and yes, this got back there before the fence. Shall need help with this one too.

THAT did it for me yesterday! The tree pollen was also HIGH, so ugh! I was even wearing a face mask. My eyes are super duper dry today so I guess I have to add goggles to my FUCK YOU TREE POLLEN garb.

Currently, after raining last night and overnight, we just got an advisory. 3-6" of snow expected over night. I should go out and take some daffodil pix today, as they were just getting ready to bloom yesterday; but I want to limit my tree pollen exposure today. Plus it's muddy out. Plus it's cold. So after the alleged 3-6" of snow overnight, Saturday is gonna be 58 degrees. The weather is nuts. Is Mother Nature's birthday April 12?

So I'll TRY to post my moondog post tonight. Haven't even started! Would like to take a piece of zombie tree to cheese guy to find out WHAT THE FUCK?! Cheese guy is an arborist. Yes, and a cheese guy. One job is full time, another part time. Food stamp day is Saturday. He works where there are HIPSTERS! Hipsters are not people so it's okay to hit them. I should take a branch in then, and oops, accidentally hit them with my therapy branch. Yes, it'd be a therapy branch, as it'd be very therapeutic to hit hipsters.

Upcoming posting spree shall include....

Virtual Moondog experience tomorrow! All videos are uploaded, have to go thru some pix, then have to do the write up.

I also have a zombie tree in my yard, somehow that seems 'normal' for around here but I'll do a post about that cuz ZOMBIE TREE.

And....this'll be another separate post, but I got this pix emailed to me Friday and I shall write about that. Yes, this is really me in 1990. Olsen Hall at Kent State. That wasn't that long ago was it? Nah. Just a few years ago! [Leave me to my time based delusions thankyouverymuch].

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Pass the valium....

I dunno if I'll post my virtual Moondog experience today or not. Got up late, still uploading videos, then I have to edit one. It's also sunny out and I think it'll be therapeutic to putter around the yard. Then we're having dinner with the neighbors tonight. I might make the Moondog 2 posts, one to vent, the other for the show. Yes, we have the good, the bad, the EDWARD. He really out Edwarded himself last night.

I'm heavily medicated for your safety today. Whole valium, and I'll take another one later today. Whole muscle relaxer too, as my arm hurts from holding the camera. Ears are fine, which is surprising, as we were in front of a speaker bank and you could FEEL the sound going thru you. You can also see the sound waves in the videos--not me shaky, it was the speakers. They were all cranked to 11.

Probably shouldn't do yard work with my right arm hurting, but um, my field of fucks still has a drought. I shall walk around the yard with my hand saw and cut down what I can. Best to do that before suddenly all the foliage is in.

Got shot!

Just went and got a flu shot.

























April Fools Day!

Vitamins IDGAF

Been waking up on my own between 5-6am. That is good. There might be a reason for that. I hope. If not, well, I will make a reason for it.

Already sent a pithy email this morning. Going to send two 'good' emails, then another pithy one. So that'll balance out. Not that I care. One of my daily supplements includes vitamins IDGAF.

Believe I will run a couple errands today. Not suppose to rain today, but suppose to rain tomorrow and Friday.

I hope to fuck I get no Edward calls today. I'm sure I will though. ::headdesk:: We're having dinner with the neighbors I cat sit for and I put him in charge of grilling chicken and pineapple [separately]. Who knows how many calls that will involve. I'm making Italian bread and vegan sloppy joes. Neighbor is making salad and then zucchini sauce for pasta. Oh, I'm baking a cake too.

Started a book the other day on Queen Victoria's daughter Louise. Already found one howling error. Yes, yes, I will be writing the author and publisher. Book came out a couple years ago. No idea why an editor couldn't have caught that. They wrote that the Czarina who was murdered in 1918 was Prince Philip's great grandmother. No. She was an aunt. Victoria's daughter Alice was the mother of the Czarina and Princess Victoria of Hesse. Princess Victoria of Hesse was the mother of Princess Alice, who was Philip's mother. So...Victoria of Hess was Philip's grandmother, Princess Alice was his great grandmother, and Queen Victoria was his great great grandmother. I didn't even have to look that up!

Dunno if I wanna work in bedroom today, I really should; or if I wanna put on rain boots [mud] and go cut down trees. Decisions decisions. I know one morning suddenly all the foliage will be in. I do need assistance getting one tree down as the main branch is over the neighbor's fence, so I need someone to hold a rope I wrap around that before I cut it off so it comes into my yard. Wait, do I hear carnival music? If I got a long enough rope, I could wrap it around that section, then wrap the rope around one of the locust branches and the bench frame and perhaps do it myself. Ooooo....might work!

Need to see if my old medical place have sent my records yet. Legally they have 30 days; but I have a feeling 30 days will come and go. If they take longer than 30 days they're to state why. Doubt they'd do that. They probably have a new made up rule they haven't communicated to patients that you have to go in person and request them while standing on one leg with a finger on your nose reciting poetry or something. I can hear them say they didn't receive the request. Wouldn't surprise me. Where I'm at now is suing where I was. Oh, well that narrows it down, doesn't it?

Best go start the bath water, feed the dogs, then send my other email missives, and figure out what I'm gonna do today.

Life is a game we all ultimately lose

So I was trying to work in the bedroom today and dear Jack Lord, and Charlot too, Edward has given me a fucking migraine. Not a vestibular migraine, a MIGRAINE. Nary a computer question asked either! Two phone calls and I was done. If only I had some midrin. That's what i had in high school when I had migraines. That stuff was awesome. After 5 pills you'd feel like you were floating. Yes, you could take up to five and yes, I remember the dosage. Two at onset, then 1 every 30 minutes up to a total of 5 total if needed. He calls me again I'm just gonna answer the phone and scream at the top of my lungs. I.am.not.joking.

Calgon take me far far away. Wait, I have no calgon. Shit, I'm stuck here. So I figured I'd blog [duh], perhaps start to go thru some pix/video on my memory card that really needs to emptied, or I'll read. I most certainly will not be editing phone calls with Edward clips today!

Depressing thought occurred to me the other evening, most of the music I was listening to, they were dead. FUCK! Bowie, Prince, STP, Alice in Chains [no, it's not AIC without Layne], Queen [Freddie IS Queen], George Michael, Amy, Nirvana and FUCK! DEPRESSING! I mean, I listen to stuff where people have passed but they were older. And I'm still pissed at Marvin Gaye's father for murdering him!

I know some of them are from the 1990s but time is something that shifts for me, it seems. Some things seem like they happened yesterday, instead of 30+ years ago. Time loops back and sometimes you're on the loop and get transported. Why shouldn't time be fluid? It's man made as it is already. No matter the concept of time, we all have an expiration date for this existence. Then? Well, that's the next great adventure.

I have another NDE and end up at a concert by someone I like, instead of Janice Joplin, I'm STAYING! I'd never leave a Prince or Bowie concert. Nope. There I would remain! I hope I die before Edward. Yes, yes he is older than me. We know my field of fucks has a severe drought right now.

Listening to George Michael today. Jenny Bigwood and I would blast Edge of Heaven from a boom box to annoy neighbors [nope, I really haven't changed, think I'll blast that out the window on a warm day this year. I'll announce beforehand "FOR JENNY!!!"]. One time we rented the VHS with all of WHAM!'s videos on it and we played Club Tropicana over and over. George looked really awesome in that video. Remember this was the 80s so cheesiness was in!

No twitter withdrawals today. Whew! Think that's passed! If not, well, I'll continue to work thru it.

Got a few bags of stuff thrown out from the bedroom today and there's a couple boxes (empty) I can haul down and flatten to put in the trash. Windsor thought it'd be fun earlier to try to kill me on the stairs. That little fuck.

Found a black [or really dark purple] crushed velvet dress today. No, I have no idea. No, I didn't try it on. No, I did not buy it.

From 1998. Damn he covers this very well!



From 2011. So true what he says about Amy. And it became true of him too.



Should be life. Life is a losing game.

monday morning musings....

so i got an early birthday present...more details here if you're interested...i had the option of a ninja but i saw this and this had the food processor attachment so this was my choice....

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tried it yesterday....tossed in some vanilla soy milk, frozen blueberries, and a banana....delicious!!! pix taken with cell phone so the quality sucks...or the cell phone operator sucks...

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the lid on the drinking cup though, even though i put it on, apparently it forms a cement like bond because it took me at least 5 minutes to get it off to put it in the sink when i finished my ground up smurf drink....my whole right arm hurt.....today it's even worse...i think i pinched the nerve i had pinched before by my shoulder blade....i was ready to wander the neighborhood to ask someone to get the lid off...yes, carnival music was playing...no, shan't use that cup to drink from again!! i'll use the blending cup, but will pour the drink into another drinking bottle cuz FUCK!!!! i probably used all the calories i just got trying to get that lid off! oh and when i went to the doctor last week, i lost the 4# i had gained :( back to 100#....dammit!

today i think i'll try the food processor part and slice some potatoes and make scalloped potatoes....

will be taking muscle relaxers today, 3 times as prescribed, to hopefully assist my arm....since i didn't do much yesterday, i'm gonna do stuff today---arm be damned!! the bedroom is on the agenda again....and i have dishes to do, as i didn't do them yesterday after the lid debacle....

was wrong in my commentary, SHE left, not him....good for her!



rewatched season 20 of south park yesterday....gosh i didn't leave at least 3 paragraphs on twitter as to why i was leaving only DM'd a few people....so was it twittercide or twitterhomicide? no one can find me to ask me cuz where am @? if you watch south park that'll make sense....i'm doomed to sit in a park...oh dear! somehow i think that's just fine....fine, just fine....

quick this & that...

...then getting back to my current book...

whilst working in my bedroom i've found some things i forgot i had....such as this t-shirt someone gave me...and yes, yes i will blog about you....if i feel like it....or a situation warrants it....

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some things i was aware i had, but not the quantity of...i knew i had one of these left, as i gave one to a hood kid years ago as he was obsessed with the titanic....i have 5 of them....five...fucking five titanic kits...i cannot recall procuring these treasure hunting--and i remember my hunts, usually to THE STREET i got things...these were not gotten via treasure hunting....i have no idea where they came from...

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i found this envelope....empty....no idea what was in it or who it was from....

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more bedroom fun tomorrow and i have a few more pix too....one item i wanna take a pix with my camera instead of my cell phone....

so i've had what we assumed was a rash on my face, as it was right where i'd hold the phone...so all calls on speakphone, hydracortisone cream on it...nada....actually getting more of 'em....told her i was considering sandpaper cuz it's annoying looking....yes, she laughed....no itching, no burning....this is from my online visit notes: "...likely very early seborrheic keratosis (less likely actinic keratosis)-discussed need for SUNSCREEN all over sun exposed areas." she put SUNSCREEN in caps....

i said i'd put sunscreen on my face ONLY....she did say if it got bigger i could get it removed in the office....but it wasn't big enough for her to remove yet....

one of the 'quirks' of cell phone pix is i can never get them going the right direction, sometimes, when i post 'em...i tried to turn it but it refused, so fine, fuck you....but yeah, there's my annoying keratosis....the bigger one is darker in real life and the rest, are here on miss tia's face...i am a cell phone phototard....

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i also have, drumroll....a rib cage dysfunction!!! in a new place! rib 8 or 9 on my right side....she could feel it was pushed back...and no, i can't do anything about it....have to wait for it to go home on it's own....

and now it's back to my book...tomorrow perhaps i'll discuss how i injured myself with my new toy!

Twitter detox

I will admit to having some twitter withdrawal. I had no such thing when I quit facebook. I guess since I had started to cut back on time there first and hadn't done that with twitter. Twitter archive is a fail. It's wholly unreadable. Yes, I did unzip it. Guess they figure 'fuck you' if you request your archive? Whatever. 9 years, poof!!

Was working in my bedroom yesterday and unearthed some treasures I forgot I had and some things that made me go 'dafuq?!' Yes, I've been taking photos.

Have more to blog about, but shall wait til later, including schadenfreude. Going to go back to the bedroom while clothes are washing before I start my bath. Who knows what will be found next!! It's like a treasure hunt, but there's no treasure of monetary value.

WARNING!

This blog shouldn't be read by anyone! Don't say I didn't warn you!

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