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[friends] Signal boost for a significant problem with Aetna

My friend, California writer Karen Williams, has a post here about a prescription drug coverage problem she’s having with health insurance carrier Aetna. Go read it if you will, but in a nutshell, Karen has multiple sclerosis, and without a key medication, can barely walk and has difficulty functioning. Aetna has dropped the ball hard on authorizing her medication refill despite Karen’s acting well in advance of need to secure that refill, and she is running out over this holiday weekend without any action from them.

If you know anyone at Aetna, either in management or in their social media group, please ping them on Karen’s behalf. Or feel free to just pass some version of her message along through social media, until Aetna takes notice.

Organizational inefficiency may be one way to maximize shareholder value through delaying benefit payouts, but it’s taking away Karen’s ability to walk.

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[food|friends] Last night’s open dinner

Last night, Lisa Costello and I went to our open dinner. Despite the very crummy weather, we had a nice turnout: Joe Jordan, John Sapienza, Evelyn Kriete and GD Falksen.

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A good time was had by all, amid good food and fun conversation. I’m really sorry the weather kept some other folks away. Once I understand my schedule better, I will try to offer another opportunity.

Photo © 2014, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[photos|friends] Back in Texas, back in the day

[info]jtdiii sent me some photos of a trip he and I had taken in high school, summer of 1980 or 1981, to visit my mom in Texas. Ah, memories. I was so entranced that I decided forthwith to inflict a portion of my high school experience on you.

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Me, louche and feral at about sixteen, and already with the impeccable taste — note the dashiki and cowboy boots

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A warm smile and a pretty face always made me popular

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Lunch with [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom, and the neighbors

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More fine outdoor dining

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Loading up in my mom’s cowboy Cadillac to go somewhere or another

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 1980, 1981, 2013, J. Dillon. Reproduced with permission.

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[friends] A fine visit just concluding

The delightful and talented [info]elisem has been visiting Nuevo Rancho Lake since Saturday. Sadly, she leaves today. It’s been a lot of fun to have her here.

She has gotten to spend time with [info]the_child and with Lisa Costello. Elise also fit right in to our family fajita party on Sunday. We had hoped to go to the coast yesterday, but the remains of a Pacific typhoon have been setting rainfall records around here, so that seemed like a poor idea. The three of us adults did manage a light dinner at Veritable Quandry last night, which included three orders of duck cracklings with hoisin sauce — basically crack cocaine on a plate.

The most fun, though, has been watching Elise make shinies. She has been narrating her process, and she and I have been talking a lot about the creative process in general, via both art and writing, as well as some about death and dying. I’ve seen her make five or six pieces here, and each one has been an act of evolution and grace. An amazing privilege from a good friend.

Anyway, she is off today, as we are heading to the airport soon. It’s been great to see Elise here.

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[friends|photos] Went to the railroad locomotive and watched a wedding

On Monday, July 29th, we went to a wedding. One I was very honored to attend.

[info]garyomaha and [info]elusivem finally got married after almost two decades together. They did it while here in the Pacific Northwest for JayWake, tying the knot at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, WA.

The ceremony was brief and lovely, held at the prow of a retired diesel locomotive (on my recommendation, I might proudly note). In addition to attending, I was one of the witnesses for the marriage license. The officiant and the other witness were another gay couple, long term friends of the grooms who came down from Seattle. Also in attendance were Lisa Costello and [info]the_child, as well as [info]scarlettina, and my dad and (step)mom. Afterwards, we all retired for a lovely lunch at Skamania Lodge.

I was so pleased to see two dear, long-time friends feeling free to take this momentous and emotional step in their lives. I wish them all happiness and as long together as is given to them.

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The wedding party on the move

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The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, with bonus [info]scarlettina

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Inside the interpretive center

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The grooms, boning up for the ceremony

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[info]scarlettina her own self

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[info]the_child

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Lisa Costello

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The grooms (left and right) with the officiant and other witness

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A Jay sandwich

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My (step)mom and [info]elusivem

As usual, more at the Flickr set.


Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and B. Lake.

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