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A funny automated message

I heard today while at work was something like this:

For those needing language interpretation, your call may be transferred
to an English speaking representative first before connecting you with a representative who speaks your language.

Now, I ask you… how will the person who needs language assistance understand this message?

Another way to save

Today, I figured out another way to save money with these high gasoline prices. I’ve decided that if prices get much higher on gasoline, I’ll just park my car on the side of the road & call Triple AAA to tow me where I need to go. I pay for a membership, right? Why not use it!

Can you see it? The mental image I have is hilarious… me & Mom sitting on the side of the road… calling Triple AAA to be towed, then asking the tow truck driver to drop me off at work on his way to take Mom to work.. and to be sure to be back at 5:00 to tow us back home! LOL

100 words

Beginning September 1, 2005 I’ll be posting 100 words each day on the 100 words site (see link on the right of this blog). Exactly 100 words, no more, no less. Only one day in the month can posting be missed. Missing more than one day causes the writer to not be included in the batch. Each calendar month and the 100 daily words of the participants is called a batch.

In the guidelines, it’s suggested that the participants not read their own entries until the end of the month. Participants are not able to see other participants’ entries until that time also.

I’m kind of excited about it. I think it will be challenging.

Keys to my heart??

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.
In love, you feel the most alive when your partner is patient and never willing to give up on you.
You’d like to your lover to think you are optimistic and happy.
You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.
Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything… no secrets.
Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.
You think of marriage as something precious. You’ll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.
In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You’ll do anything for love, but you won’t fall for it easily.

Surprisingly, this isn’t far off. I wonder if it’s like that for everyone. Funny that choosing animals from a selection of four would generate results like this.

Could you pass the US citizenship test?

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations – you got 10 out of 10 correct!

Lucky for me, I took a US government class a few years ago, huh? 🙂

What language should I learn?

You Should Learn Chinese

Surprised? You shouldn’t be – Chinese is perfect for an ambitious person like you.
You’re a natural entrepreneur, and a billion people are waiting to do business with you!

Saw this on farnorthblog & thought I’d give it a go. I’m thankful the results didn’t say I should learn the Basque language.. it sounds REALLY hard since it’s a language isolate.

My favorite video clip

The Dancing Trombone Player from the Steve Harvey Show.

I laugh aloud each time I see this. Hysterical! 🙂

How to Dance Properly

This page is hilarious!

State Slogans

I came across this State Slogans page & had to laugh…

Alabama: Yes, We Have Electricity

Alaska: 11,623 Eskimos Can’t Be Wrong!

Arizona: But It’s A Dry Heat

Arkansas: Literacy Ain’t Everything

California: By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda

Colorado: If You Don’t Ski, Don’t Bother

Connecticut: Like Massachusetts, Only The Kennedys Don’t Own It Yet

Delaware: We Really Do Like The Chemicals In Our Water

Florida: Ask Us About Our Grandkids

Georgia: We Put The “Fun” In Fundamentalist Extremism

Hawaii: Haka Tiki Mou Sha’ami Leeki Toru (Death To Mainland Scum, But Leave Your Money)

Idaho: More Than Just Potatoes. Well Okay, Not Really, But The Potatoes Sure Are Real Good

Illinois: Please Don’t Pronounce the “S”

Indiana: 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free

Iowa: We Do Amazing Things With Corn

Kansas: First Of The Rectangle States

Kentucky: Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names

Louisiana: We’re Not ALL Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That’s Our Tourism Campaign

Maine: We’re Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster

Maryland: If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It

Massachusetts: Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden’s (For Most Tax Brackets)

Michigan: First Line Of Defense From The Canadians

Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes And 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes

Mississippi: Come And Feel Better About Your Own State

Missouri: Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars At Work

Montana: Land Of The Big Sky, The Unabomber, Right-Wing Crazies, And Very Little Else

Nebraska: Ask About Our State Motto Contest

Nevada: Whores and Poker!

New Hampshire: Go Away And Leave Us Alone

New Jersey: You Want A ##$%##! Motto? I Got Yer ##$%##! Motto Right Here!

New Mexico: Lizards Make Excellent Pets

New York: You Have The Right To Remain Silent, You Have The Right To An Attorney

North Carolina: Tobacco Is A Vegetable

North Dakota: We Really Are One Of The 50 States!

Ohio: At Least We’re Not Michigan

Oklahoma: Like The Play, Only No Singing

Oregon: Spotted Owl – It’s What’s For Dinner

Pennsylvania: Cook With Coal

Rhode Island: We’re Not REALLY An Island

South Carolina: Remember The Civil War? We Didn’t Actually Surrender

South Dakota: Closer Than North Dakota

Tennessee: The Educashun State

Texas: Si’ Hablo Ing’les (Yes, I Speak English)

Utah: Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus

Vermont: Yep

Virginia: Who Says Government Stiffs And Slackjaw Yokels Don’t Mix?

Washington: Help! We’re Overrun By Nerds And Slackers!

Washington, D.C.: Wanna Be Mayor?

West Virginia: One Big Happy Family – Really!

Wisconsin: Come Cut The Cheese

Wyoming: Where Men Are Men (And The Sheep Are Scared)

Food from afar

Tonight, I practiced being a Proverbs 31 woman.. like my mother. I brought food from afar to feed my family. Afar = Papa John’s Pizza 🙂

Proverbs 31:14
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.

Since I can remember, my mom has joked about this with my father… saying that the local burger joint or chinese take-out place was “afar.” Some might find it irreverent.. but I think it’s funny. 🙂


End of the internet


I’m a FLOATER in the company I work for. That’s my title. I am assigned to whichever department needs help at that particular time. The company I work for is a medical billing company and is owned by a group that also owns several hospitals, surgery centers, MRI centers, family practices & specialty doctors like orthopaedists, neurologists, ob/gyns, allergists, and even a chiropractor. We bill for all of these practices and have contracts with other family practice groups & individual physicians who are not owned by the company to do their billing, customer service and collections.

In the course of a month, while sitting at my same desk, I may work for:

A)accounts receivable
posting payments to patient accounts either made by insurance companies or patients,

processing mail from insurance companies to the medical groups, usually this consists of requests for medical records, denials for claims from insurance companies that must be billed to the patient, and notices that the insurance company is processing the claim.

C) customer service
taking incoming patient calls for any of the 30 companies we bill for and helping the patient resolve the issue that led to their call

D) charge entry
entering charges after the physician has seen a patient, performed surgery,or facility charges for surgeries/procedures so that the medical claims can be billed to the insurance companies

E) auditing accounts
calling insurance companies regarding unpaid medical claims, figuring out why the claim has not been paid, correcting any billing problems & making sure the claim is resolved

F) hospital billing
which is a whole different animal from regular physician billing as far as billing forms, how the accounts are set up (different database), and different ways of dealing with patient accounts.

G) patient calls
calling patients to set up payment plans to pay their portion of the medical bills after their insurance has paid or if they have no medical insurance.

H) coding
translating physician’s notes into procedure codes and diagnosis codes in order to bill the insurance companies & keep records of patient visits/procedures in our database

My least favorite of these is patient calls. Luckily, I do not often make patient calls. The only times of late that I’ve called a patient has had to with trying to get insurance information from the patient to make sure their claim was billed to the correct company or to let the patient know to contact their insurance company regarding pre-existing information, student status or accident information. These types of patient calls aren’t so bad. The patient doesn’t get dodgy or angry with me for calling & usually are very helpful to ensure that the doctor or facility receives payment from their insurance company.

I have been working with a surgery center’s team for a couple of weeks and tomorrow will be in receipt posting for a few days. The change of pace once in a while is really nice, as I tend to get bored doing the same thing day in and day out.

Another fun email

that was sent to the entire company a couple of weeks ago from management was regarding dishes in the company kitchen’s sink.

I no longer have the email, but it said something along these lines:

If you continue to leave unwashed dishes by the sink in the kitchen, they will be thrown away. Wash your dishes. Do not leave them by the sink. Your maid does not work here. Neither does your mom.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s ridiculous that any company would have to send out emails like this. I don’t leave dishes by the sink. I rinse out the dishes that I brought lunch in & put them back in my bag to take home & run thru the dishwasher. I wash my coffee cup each morning & put it back in my desk drawer. I don’t understand people leaving dishes sitting by the sink with soapy water in them. Do they think these dishes are going to clean themselves? Do they think that someone will come along & finish washing them? I’ve seen dishes sit there in this state for an entire week.

Seriously, it’s sad that these people are old enough to work a 40 hour week job & they’re not capable of keeping a kitchen clean.

First the dishes… then today, the coffee email. I swear, the management must feel like a bunch of babysitters sometimes. I think I’d be ready to scream at the pettiness they deal with in their weekly managers’ meetings.


Conversation I overheard today at work:

Person 1:
I’ve not been taking my vitamins & haven’t been eating well or getting the nutrition I need to be healthy.

Person 2:
Really? Are you still dieting?

Person 1:
No, I’m waiting for “THE BIGGEST LOSER” to come back on so I’ll get motivated.

Person 2:
What kind of vitamins do you take? Can’t you just buy some anywhere?

Person 1: No, I’ve not been able to afford them since I ran out.. I take (crazy company) vitamins because they’re better than other vitamins. Yeah, they’re 3 times as expensive as other vitamins, but they’re SOOO worth it.

Person 2:
Oh. Huh.

Person 1:
You should try them. I’m ordering some tomorrow.

I’m not sure why this conversation drove me nuts, but it did. Maybe b/c I was struggling to concentrate on my work & they were going on & on about vitamins. Maybe b/c Person 1 was the toenail offender. Maybe I have PMS. Dunno. All I DO know is that it drove me insane to hear them talking.

Coffee Notice I Received at Work

Notice to all you coffee drinkers: Someone is about to be killed by a fellow employee. Please make coffee if you are taking the last cup, even the next to last cup. It takes 5 seconds to put another filter in and push the button.

It’s just common courtesy to do this. If you are incapable, you have 2 choices, either stop drinking the coffee or learn how to “push the button”.


It’s official. I’m in kindergarten. Good grief.