Marlin Woosley

Member since August 2012
15 pages, 159 articles:

Operating a Screen Zombie

Marlin Woosley

Gary had just loaded his tanker with 8500 gallons of gasoline at Port Everglades, near Fort Lauderdale. At 5:30 AM, the traffic was not bad yet on northbound I-95. He was nearly past Fort Lauderdale when the truck lost power. A quick look at the gauges on the dashboard told him that the engine was still running. It would not pull the load at full speed, though. Gary flipped on his four-way flashers and steered onto the narrow...

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What Is Next in Razor Technology?

Marlin Woosley

My wife and my twelve-year-old granddaughter were looking for tweezers in the bathroom. Grandma opened my cabinet and Zoe spotted my nineteen-fifty-something vintage Schick injector blade safety razor. “What’s that, a medieval torture device?” Zoe looked at her grandmother. “No, that’s Grandpa’s razor.” “No way,” said Zoe. “It looks like it was made to hurt somebody.” Recently, a friend and I were chatting and the topic of razors...

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NAFTA on Steroids and in Stealth Mode

Marlin Woosley

Dear Esteemed POTUS and Congress of the United States of America: The Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement, for what I can find out about it, is of great concern to me. Much of that concern comes from the secrecy surrounding the agreement. It seems that lobbyists for wealthy corporations are in the know but the American people are being kept in the dark. That is simply not the way that a democratic republic should work. The..

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Hospital Humor: Post-trauma Trauma

Marlin Woosley

The last thing that you think about, while everyone is giving you the going over in the ER, is paying for the services. After all, you have insurance, right? The fact is that real trauma comes in the next day or two when you think that you’re about ready to go home. Let’s say that you went in for some chest pain. This can be pretty frightening knowing that your primary doctor has been telling you all along that your cholesterol is a..

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Hospital Humor: When You Just Need to Pee

Marlin Woosley

An incident at work one day, several years ago, sent me to the hospital via an ambulance. By this point in my life I was no stranger to trauma centers or hospital stays. This was the first time, however, that I had to go in horizontally on wheels. I try to be cooperative, without being blindly complacent, when dealing with medical professionals. So, when the ER nurse didn’t sense my urgency, for needing to use the restroom, I didn’t...

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Don't Poke the Bear

Marlin Woosley

This 1956 Ford was the first of only two cars that my father bought new in his lifetime. I have memory of him saying that he had to refinance it a couple of times to avoid losing it during layoffs at the factory where he worked. Only when he bought his second new car in 1964 did the ’56 Ford move to the status of a second car. That came with a bit of emotion for Dad. The car had a 292 CID (4.8L) V8 engine with a four-barrel...

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The Business of Medicine – Deep Pockets

Marlin Woosley

A few months ago I was reviewing a statement from my healthcare insurance company and found one line entry very interesting. I am going from memory alone so the figures are not precise but rounded. The line entry that caught my attention had to do with charges for an abdominal CT scan. The charge for the CT scan was $3000. The insurance company claimed a $2700 discount, leaving $300 to be paid. The insurance company paid nothing of..

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