Out of Pocket

When I lived in Texas back in a prior life, there was an expression that many Texans used when they were going to be unavailable or unreachable. They’d say they’d be “out of pocket.”

I thought this was a strange turn of phrase, as having worked in the health benefits industry, the phrase “out of pocket” to me referred to an expense that was not reimbursed by heath insurance, like deductibles and copays. It was any expense that would have to be paid to the provider of care — doctor, dentist, hospital — by the patient, over and above what the health insurance company paid.

But for purposes of my post today, I’m going to apply the Texas meaning of that phrase, as I’m going to be “out of pocket” most of the day, having some real life stuff that I need to deal with.

I just wanted to let you know that I will be a little scarce today. So, as they say, I’ll see you when I see you. But I’ll be back!

10 thoughts on “Out of Pocket

  1. newepicauthor February 17, 2022 / 7:21 am

    You are always busy on Mondays with your Flash Fiction Challenge and Tuesdays with your Story Starter and Wednesdays with your Provocative Question, so today being a Thursday sounds like a good day for you to get some things done besides blogging.

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  2. XingfuMama February 17, 2022 / 7:25 am

    Is out of pocket a pool(snookers not swimming)? I’ve used the term both ways but never pondered origin until I read this.

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  3. pensitivity101 February 17, 2022 / 10:07 am

    Hope all is OK Fandango. As Jim says, you’re always busy, so enjoy a day off.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam February 17, 2022 / 11:13 am

    Good luck 🙂

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    • Fandango February 17, 2022 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Deb.


  5. leigha66 March 8, 2022 / 5:03 pm

    That is the first I had heard of that use for the phrase. I hope you had a nice day off.

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