Queen For a Day

“Well, you know what they say, Carl,” Elliot said, “clothes make the man.”

“Oh come on, Elliot,” Carl said. “Do you really think that what you wear makes that much of a difference?”

“Are you kidding me?” Elliot said. “I take my wardrobe very seriously, down to the smallest detail.”

“Well, you do dress with a lot of flair,” Carl admitted. “But, at the same time, you can come across as being somewhat ostentatious. Maybe you should consider toning it down a bit.”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about, Carl,” Elliot snapped. “When I get up on stage, anything but outrageous would be unexpected.”

“Elliot,” Carl said, “I was referring to your everyday attire, not how you dress when you’re on stage doing your drag queen shtick.”C7DFAE0E-9237-469E-95BE-6F64A794E479“Oh, point taken,” Elliot said.

Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (clothes), Your Daily Word Prompt (difference), The Daily Spur (smallest), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (flair), Ragtag Daily Prompt (ostentatious), and Word of the Day Challenge (unexpected).

Weekend Writing Prompt — Longevity

B2F8FF3C-D083-4F91-BB8E-10B2DA962A9FLife itself is transitory
It doesn’t last forever
For some it’s relatively short
Others are blessed with longevity
I’ve been around for seven decades
And I don’t know
How much longer I have
But I do know
The end of life is inevitable
I don’t often think about that end
But when I do
I don’t want to suffer
I hope it comes peacefully
While I’m asleep in bed
In the middle of a pleasant dream

(76 words)

2F7E4F5B-DE83-4288-8D8D-02F9613599ECWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “longevity” in exactly 76 words.

SoCS — What’s In YOUR Mailbox?

57493DD2-FB35-4435-83BC-CF42B85998C0For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has asked us to “look at the latest ad you got in the mail (if it’s a store flyer, choose the product right in the middle of the page) or choose the next online ad you find, and theme your post on whatever the product is.”

Before I get into this, I would like to pay homage to our mail carriers, who, for the next month, will be loaded down with thick, heavy Christmas catalogs, which they will be delivering to our homes. I’ve already gotten a number of such catalogs, and they almost always go directly from my mailbox to my recycling bin.

But this post is not going to focus on those holiday catalogs. It’s Medicare open enrollment season. It started on October 15th and runs through December 7th. Medicare open enrollment gives Medicare recipients the opportunity to review their medical and prescription drug coverage and make sure the plans they subscribe to best meet their needs.

My wife and I have hospital, doctor, and prescription drug coverage through Medicare. Because Medicare has deductibles and coinsurance that we’d have to pay out-of-pocket, we purchase Medicare supplement plans to reimburse us for those out-of-pocket costs. We also buy so-called “Medigap” plans for dental and vision services, which Medicare doesn’t cover.

So, with that background, I will finally get to Linda’s challenge. I’m going to talk about the plethora of flyers we receive from various Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Medigap providers, each trying to persuade us that their plans provide the best benefits at the lowest costs of all such plans.

Just in today’s mail we got flyers from United Healthcare, Anthem, Kaiser, Stanford Health, Sutter Health, and AARP. It’s enough to make my head spin, and I’m not talking about my vertigo condition.

I’m not going to go into the details of these plans, but I will say that I’m fortunate that my career involved understanding employee benefit programs, including healthcare plans. Thus, I am able to grasp what these flyers and brochures are all about.

But I feel sorry for all of the seniors around America who are being inundated by these materials and are clueless when it comes to figuring out which choices would be the best for them.

Good luck old people!