Thursday
Aug212008

A Pretty Casual Emergency

Yes, we are saturated with the media portrait of Skaggs Community Hospital, as "the best little hospital this side of Mass General".  I for one cannot dispute the accolades, but am troubled by a recent close encounter with the ER.  Pretty common story, chest pains, dizzy, unconscious, EMT, emergency room and then..........a sense that their triage protocol was compromised by the obvious fact that they were doing "primary care" for the Taney County poor/under insured. Admin/Nures/Docs all had that air of mild contempt for the imposition of the days dubiously entitled customers and had lost all discression as to which "carbon units" were either paying, or at risk, or both.   My hope is that next time "through the doors', I would like a little less objectiification and a little more action....please!

Thursday
Aug212008

That'll be $10 for Ben & $10 for Jerry

The new Ben & Jerry Ice Cream Store at the Landing is breaking new ground in the evolution of "pricing strategy".  Many of we locals have coughed up our $20 for a couple of cones, but just once.  The Ice Cream is good, the menu displays are oblique and the prices are just stupid.  No doubt their strategy arises from a "holiday syndrome" psychology that presumes they will never have the same customer twice and that "daddy just can't say no".  Hell, I'm not sure they are not  right.  However, according to this capitalist wisdom they should just go for a $100 a cone and wait for a few Arabs to come in and spend some of the $76 Billion were sending to  OPEC.

Thursday
Aug212008

Blood Bath at Murder Rock

Whoever spent a measurable part of a Billion Dollars building infrastructure for the Branson Creek sudivision down South of Hollister should have funded a few islands in Dubai instead. I presume they now are rationalizing that they wanted to turn a few hundred million dollars into a nightmare rather than a place on the Forbes List.  One gaze from the Murder Rock panoramic view of a "1000 year buildout", ( only one marginal spec house built this season) must surely be enough to send someone over the edge.  My guess is that their banker will want to jump first!   

Sunday
Aug172008

Fractional Ownership/Fractional Truth

Isn't it the damnest thing that everyone who calls the Ozarks home laughs at the stupidity of "timeshare"ownership"; yet year after year thousands of  new suckers flock to the Ozark hills and hollows to give a $12,000 note for what they could have bought on ebay for $450.  Obviously it is a testimony as to how oppressed are the psyches of  those who are, I presume, dominantly urban dwellers.  If we have any fairness about us, we will stop them during breakfast at Bob Evans and tell them to "just say no" to the 28 year old closer hotdog driving the new porsche!

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