My lovely new anti-inflammatory painkillers are waiting for me at Rite Aid.  Unfortunately, I can’t pick them up until I have documentation from my union or the company that handles prescription coverage for my health insurance company.  And all of that documentation is now … IN THE MAIL.

You see, I haven’t needed to get prescription medication for several years.  During that time the union policy changed, and the cards I used to use don’t work anymore.  So the letter (?) that the union now uses in place of a card (???) is in the mail.  Also, when I signed up for the prescription rider to go along with my new health insurance that went into effect in January … and what came in the mail was an insurance card … I assumed that the insurance card would cover everything.  When the pharmacist told me that my insurance card wasn’t registering to cover my prescription, I contacted the insurance company … who told me to contact Express Scripts … so THEY could mail the card to me … which should arrive within 10 business days.


Anyway, while I enjoy my coffee and ibuprophen, I’ve been tooling around online.  Some of that tooling around has been productive — I got most of the prep work done for my next podcast, and I was able to renew most of the stuff checked out on my mother’s and my library cards.

Some of the tooling around has been annoying — I wasn’t able to renew everything I needed to, and I have to return some stuff that I originally planned to bring to my mother’s place this weekend (but I never made it there because I spent the whole weekend indoors with my heating pad). Also annoying — I figured that I could use this time to start looking at the Baker & Taylor carts and start ordering books … and discovered that at least one overly-enthusiastic staff member put OVER A THOUSAND items into the graphic novels & manga patron request cart.  What’s even worse is that many of the items (or perhaps all of them — I didn’t have the stamina to get more than a few pages in) aren’t supposed to be in that cart at all. We’re actually not supposed to add books to the carts more than three months before their publication dates, but there’s stuff in there that isn’t coming out until much later in 2012, or even (God help us) 2013.  Like I said, I don’t have the stamina to go through that whole list and separate the wheat from the chaff.  So I’m officially removing that from my “to-do” list.

On the other hand, some of my internet explorations have been fun.  So that’s the stuff I’ll share with you guys.

An article on Nellie Bly, and how she got herself committed to a madhouse on Blackwell’s Island (aka Roosevelt Island!)

Why Ninja Turtles Are More Real to Us Than Abraham Lincoln

The Washington Post 2012 Peeps Diorama Contest!

Peeps on Television: 20 Shows Starring Marshmallow Peeps

I can spend (waste?) a lot of time exploring the io9 website.  Recently I’ve been reading a lot of articles in the Modern Ruins category.  Most of the articles there fall squarely in the realm of “strange but true,” but a notable exception is this AMAZING animated short film set in a fictional post-apocalyptic world.  Also notable is The Silent City, a fictional web series that is going to be filmed in real abandoned places in New York!  Woo-Hoo!


Oops — One more website!

I had no idea that the MTA had its own Flickr site!  It’s especially cool to see the kind of stuff that most New Yorkers never get to see … like what it looks like underground as the 2nd Avenue subway is being constructed.  Here’s a really cool shot of the cavern that will one day become the 72nd Street station.