Friday, December 18, 2009

It's Everybody Can Bite Me Friday!

Anything I blog or tweet about is not sacred to me.

And I have blogged about some pretty serious stuff, like my Dad's seeming indifference to his children, his alcoholism, my alcoholism, my mother's ability to make me want to jump off a bridge within minutes of picking her up at the airport, the 3 year estrangement of my mother, sister and I and the impotent boyfriend I had for years.

There are also reams of private things I haven't blogged about and probably won't until I have big advertisers and feel guilty about not parceling out my weight in tragedy. Pay me enough and I WILL make you cry.

I know more people who don't blog, twitter etc than people who do. They not so secretly feel sorry for us, like we have no lives and are desperate for attention. They consider all the things I mentioned above very private. Tomato Tomahto.

Of all the blogs I read, I prefer the ones that bleed from the eyeballs right onto the page. I'm a ghoul. I'm not interested in recipes, knitting, playgroups or anything else involving mommy bloggers. What's that noise I hear? Wow, people unfollowing DOES make a sound.

How many people are not interested in my life? Plenty, I can assure you. But I do read many mom's blogs because they're as loony as I am StefanieHeidiAnnConnieKarenJessicaMarinkaEdenKyddrynJennAmy SusanDooceBloggessVODKAMOM.

This recent donnybrook over a woman's tweets regarding the death of her son shook up the online community. Another woman, who was online buying shoes when her 11 month old daughter drowned in a bathtub was charged by the police for felony negligence. She was not a blogger or a tweeter. Is there more support for us online narcissists than there is for EBayers?

"If it were not for you, I could mourn in peace."

This was the recent comment to the press from the mom currently under fire over the death of her 2 year old. But if it weren't for her tweets as a lot of it went down, we wouldn't know anything about it. Had she tweeted about it after the fact, there wouldn't have been so much controversy swirling around her actions in that situation.

What is private to one is just not private to another. We all have to live with ourselves and I know I speak for many when I say that's no fucking picnic.

And speaking of something I should keep private but am not going to: The results of the Guess The Amount of My E.R. Bill Contest:

The medical center sent me 2 letters. Asking for my bank records and tax returns and my mother's recipe for cheese souffle.

There was no bill attached to these requests.

These unethical assholes think they can first look at my financial records and THEN bill me? Shouldn't they bill for services rendered? If they were a post office, they'd be afraid for their lives every day.

So I've got all your guesses and there will be a winner. I can make this medical center public information and have a record of their devious behavior. For now, I will keep that private.

For now.

End of chat.


  1. Cindy8:11 PM

    I suggest you tell them they can have your financials when you have theirs. Off the top of my head, you need their monthly balance sheets and yearly audit reports. You need to see their capital funds and any donors lists. You need to see utilization and cost recovery data.

    I'm sure is much better data to go after. I've had a few drinks and that's all I can think of.

    Not that I'm implying I read your blog when I'm drinking. That would, screw it. I'm toasted. And I love you. But not in a scary way. I think. Who knows.

  2. So I'm not loony? Harumph.

    Upon further reflection, you're right--but I'm okay with that.

  3. Wow, I'm not familiar yet with the story of the two year old.
    I have a lot of stuff I'll share with my readers, more with my friends and husband, but there is still just a little, very little, I keep secret.
    Na na na na na, I have a secret. One, sadly, that no one would care about!

  4. OMG, I am a lunatic.

  5. Surprisingly, I never heard about the 2 year old either.

    About the hospital bills, my partner had 2 ER visits in a month. They initially asked for financials because she had no insurance. We didn't comply, she got a bill for oodles of money, then later, mysteriously the amount was reduced.

  6. I think I tweeted for about 5 minutes (going by internet proggy standard time). I never heard about the 2 year old child.

    The hospital wants to see your financial info? I would send a letter politely requesting theirs first, and that you'll pay based on how much they bank a year.

    Which means you'll send them a dollar, because you're no sucker!

    Know any good lawyers? That l'hopital situation sounds downright nefarious!

  7. Have I told you how much I love you lately? I just gave this post a stumble. Can't wait for our date

  8. I saw the thing on Twitter with that poor woman and her son as it happened. So sad.

    I will try to stop blogging about playgroups. But playgroups totally make my eyeballs bleed.

  9. I forgot my comment because I was all a'twitter that you and Jessica are going on a date.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  10. Sometimes I sit here with my mouth hanging open at what others write, sometimes it makes me cry, sometimes it makes me say Who the Hell cares... then I remember I just post pictures....meh LOL

  11. You know how fucking crazy I am based on what I've written online. Can you imagine how fucked up my secrets are??? I have friends who don't understand why I blog - they admit they're completely jealous of my invisible friends. That's the best kind!!!

  12. You are right on all counts.

  13. It's a post like this that reminds me why I married you.

    Let's renew our vows. (After you dump the chinaman, of course.)

  14. And here I thought you only read me for my knitting posts...

  15. I'm tellinn ya you need to sue the bastards. You need to sue the 101 Resturant, it's owner, the city, the state, the fireman on steriods, the little old lady who laughed when you fell, oh wait that was me don't sue me, the dude you were looking at when you fell and last but not least your mother just for shits and grins.

  16. Oh and Cindy may love you and you may be married to Vodka Mom but Suzy you give me girl-wood. Not to be confused with Tiger Wood.

  17. Anonymous6:02 AM

    Show no mercy... Sue them all!! Every last stinkin' one of them.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  18. I can't judge that "twitter mom" but it did seem a bit detached, but apparently that is her mode of communication for everything so it was only natural that she twitter it...
    I want to be wrong about your ER bill...l but I say $3,000 at LEAST!!! I saw the picture of what that sidewalk did to you and I don't want to judge but... that was nasty.
    I think I do judge too much.

  19. Wait aminute - you're dating Jessica? Oh, no wonder you didn't mind about the impotent boyfriend. Sorry, didn't realize.

  20. Send the hospital a blank 1040 and an empty check register while you're asking for THEIR financials. And withhold the souffle recipe to force them to send you the stuff you want.

  21. This is going to sound so stupid, but privacy is such a personal thing! I am comfortable putting pretty much anything up on my site (as long as it doesn't hurt a friend's feelings) but my husband gets uncomfortable when a friend posts a picture of him on facebook. Believe me, we have had several conversations about it.

    My point is that everyone is different and fuck those rude, insensitive people who decided that they should write horrible things to that poor woman who had just lost her baby. That whole thing was really scary and showed just how awful and callous the internet can allow people to be to each other.

    And, p.s., that is just strange about the hospital billing system. How could they have the resources to staff a department to go through the info and figure out the bills for every patient who comes through??