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You’ve Gotta Guy

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I’m really lucky.  In my family, we have doctors, a dentist, a waitress, a nurse, a personal trainer, a lawyer, an IT guru, teachers.  These are my go-to people when I have a medical or dental question or if I have a question about chemistry or why my printer isn’t printing.  Is this something serious I should have checked out or is this something normal?  I’ve “gotta guy.”  So lucky!

What I don’t have in my family is an investment advisor, an auto mechanic, a politician, an athletic coach, a builder, an accountant, an airline or travel specialist, a landscaper, or a clergy person.  Other people do, and they are lucky too.  We all have someone in our lives who is the person we go to when we really need the best advice about some issue that’s come up.  Someone we trust to help us out and steer us in the right direction.  Someone we go to before we hit the Yellow Pages or do a Google search.

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Insurance: Bane or Blessing?

I don’t know whether to bless it or curse it.  I bless it when I need it and it covers a medical/dental procedure.  I curse it when it doesn’t and when I pay my monthly premium.  Now, what am I getting, exactly, for this big chunk of change?  Sometimes I think I would be better off to buy disaster insurance and take my chances.  Because that’s what the insurance game is all about: taking chances.  It’s legalized gambling.  What I’m gambling on, though, is my and my family’s health.

I’m not a gambler; have no interest in Las Vegas, casino boats, and the like.  I work too hard for my money to see gambling as a form of entertainment.  I have no problem with other people gambling.  It’s just not for me.

I suppose, then, it should come as no surprise to me, that I gamble very conservatively with my health.  I assume that at some point in the year I or one of my family members will need the E.R., an ambulance, an unexpected trip to the doctor, etc.  What if it’s more serious, though?  Am I willing to have disaster insurance that will pay everything after $100,000?  Nope.  That’s too much for me to risk.  So I gripe and complain every month as I pay my ridiculous premium.

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Confessions of a Floss Hater

Is there something you just hate doing?  Something that you do because you know you should?  You know that responsible adults do this, so you should too.  Is it getting your tires rotated? Going in for your annual medical checkup? Taking off your makeup before bed? Exercising?  Taking your vitamins every day?

Flossing my teeth is one of those things for me.  There was a time when I would floss several times a week and feel pretty virtuous about it.  Three times a week!  That’s more than most people, right?  That means I’m taking good care of my teeth, right?  When my hygienist would ask me if I floss regularly, I’d chirp right up, “Yes!”  Yes, three times a week.  In fact, in the week before my dental appointments I’d floss almost every day, for good measure. (By the way, that doesn’t work. They always know.)

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