Jim's Trek V, my exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Day 136+40 – (AD 1,298) – 20.1 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 another 20.1 miles. Totals are now 27,624.6 miles; 44,457.6 kilometers. I almost, just almost mind you, decided to give up my cycling this morning. Oh no! But I didn’t.



And I have now completed 34.0% of the distance to my next destination and goal point on Mars. (That’s the virtual part of this crazy Trek.)

Soapbox –

The main thought going through my head today, while I become more and more frustrated with the advancement of the current league of politicians and pseudo-politicians in power, is that if something is not done sooner than later we move from a mirroring of 1984 through to the displacement by Animal Farm.



And then the Medicare saga which I thought was done, finished, rears its head again, one day, that is 1 day later...

Yesterday at about 3:00 o'clock I received a phone call. This time I was flabbergasted. Not much shocks me...but this takes the case.

The representative Case Manager from State Farm, whose name I shall not type for fear of going beyond the ethics of political correctness, tells me that "He has an open case in my name pertaining to Medicare, and that they require some information to close the open August 2015 case."

Words are beyond the limits of my gray matter. Period.

This is the Case Manager who handled, or should I say mishandled the August 2015 case, and could not understand the elements of sending a simple fax and closure letter on January 6. This is the same Case Manager that I spoke to on the 6th and on several other days in January.

And State Farm has been my insurance agent since 1981.

This is post script... and no matter who sits on whatever side of the aisle is something that is ever going to be fixed...

My supper of Spicy Beef with Baby Bok Choy on Brown Rice and topped with a Fried Egg and Tabasco Siracha Sauce was a definite hit.



And my FBS dropped 5 points.

Labels have been completed for 4 of our new quilts: ES20; Memorial to Dag Hammarsjköld; Sonia Delaunay; and Lee Miller. Follow and check the write-ups at Quilts SB.

And now we are examining and working out our schedule for our quilt creations.


(Not necessarily a new design, but one never knows.)


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Jim

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day 135+40 – (AD 1,297) – 20.2 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled my Schwinn 170 20.2 miles. Totals are now at 27,604.5 miles; 44,425.2 kilometers. And one can say that I have been consistent. This is my 1,400th post since I began this crazy Trek on December 2, 2012. (Yes, I do keep track.)


And I am now 27.8% of the distance completed to my next destination and goal point on Mars.

Medicare reclassification saga may have been completed as of yesterday February 21, 2017. This has been the sequence of events and all-things-being-equal someone somewhere does not know how to convey or read instructions in a clear and concise manner.

1. 12/13/2016 – My retirement

2. 01/05/2017 - Attempt to make doctor's appointment

3. Medicate inadvertently reclassified me from "Disabled" to "Work-capable"

4. 01/06/2017 - Contact Medicare. Fender-bender (not my fault) from 08/17/2015 not closed in my case.

5. I contact both insurance companies. State Farm, my company, had not closed the case on 08/19/2015. USAA, insurance coverage of idiot who hit me, had processed all paperwork.

6. 01/06/2017 - I contact State Farm to close the case. (Oh yes, the total amount of coverage required was $338.) I requested both insurance companies to fax closure paperwork to Medicare.

7. 01/10/2017 - I contact Medicare. They have not received faxes.

8. 01/10/2017 - I ask insurance companies to send me electronic copies of with correct information to me.

9. 01/12/2017 - I purchase iPad Fax app and fax documents to Medicare.

10. 01/13/2017 - I contact Medicare. They have received my faxes. Inform me that within the next 4 to 5 business days they will be mailing me a package to complete.

11. 01/30/2017 - I finally receive a package in the mail from Medicare. (I wondered what business day calendar they are using.)

12. 02/10/2017 - I gather and complete required documents and fax to Medicare. Was told to wait 5 business days.

13. 02/17/2017 - I contact Medicare to verify receipt. I am told that they will be reviewing my case. I am told that it will take 45 days to review the paperwork and close the case.

14. 02/21/2017 - I receive confirmation in the mail today that the August 17, 2015, case is closed.

15. I call Medicare to now reclassify my Medicare status.

16. I am put on hold for 30 minutes.

17. I am transfered to the next department at Medicare and put on call-back in 50 minutes.

18. I receive the call-back and then put on hold for 30 minutes.

19. I am then transferred once again and put on hold for 22 minutes.

20. I then ask the Medicare representative to please reclassify my status, what started this whole confusion, from "Medicare - work capable" to "Medicare - disabled".

21. I am asked all sort of questions pertaining to my case specifically to the closing of the August 2015 case as well as a number of other questions.

22. I am then asked as to what was my retirement date. I respond. I am informed that as everything appeared to be in place that I am now considered "Medicare - entitled to age". I respond - "Say what? What happened to the "Medicare - work capable" versus "Medicare - disabled"?

23. I am told that there is no such thing as "Medicare - work capable". I fell on the floor.

As I get up, I ask why did I have to go through this mental and physical exercise...and was told, "I am sorry Mr. Smith, someone must have got something wrong somewhere."

I then asked, "Is everything okay with my account? And do I now have the correct coverage?"

"Yes, Mr. Smith. Is there anything else I can help you with?"

Case closed! Supposedly!



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Jim

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Day 134+40 – (AD 1,296) – 19.9 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I decided that I did not want to get on my Schwinn 170. This morning I wanted to chuck in the whole damn Trek.

I think I was frustrated at my FBS count. I just seem to be ping-ponging no matter what I do. With all the exercise and watching my food intake, there may be some change going on with this body of mine. I really do not want to go back on chemicals for diabetes and I know for certain that the supplements are not working. (Hell, I just needed to vent.)

I do believe that I may need a new meter.

All-things-being-equal I still pedaled my Schwinn 170 for 19.9 miles. My totals are 27,584.3 miles; 44,392.7 kilometers.

And it has been a wonder year for the orchids. Another one has bloomed.



Back to my Trek, I have now completed 21.4% of the distance to my next destination and goal point. To date, I have completed 2.682.7 miles on the surface of Mars.



And I have completed 20.2% of my overall Part V goal; or 72.2% of the total miles I intend to finish.

Soapbox –

Question – Where is the estimated $20 billion necessary to continue to build the DJT Wall expected to materialize from? Per The Hill “DHS releases new immigration rules”, Rafael Bernal and Jordan Fabian, Feb. 21, 2017.

“Lawmakers would also need to give the federal government more money to build the wall, which is estimated at roughly $20 billion.”


If one divides $20 billion by 34 that would fare a payout of $589 million each. I do believe that that is a fair allocation of pocket change for each currently elected, confirmed and nominated position of the new Administration.

Just a thought. It certainly would give them something to think about. I do believe Messrs. Flynn and Puzder thought about it.


ES20 update.  The inner top has been quilted.  About 24" of the border remains



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Jim

Monday, February 20, 2017

Day 133+40 – (AD 1,295) – 20.2 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled 20.2 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals: 27,564.4 miles; 44,360.7 kilometers.


And I have finished 15.2% of the distance to my next destination and goal point on Mars.

Soapbox –

Good morning Sweden. Who’s next?



"Yes, I want to live, I want to die in the North!"

And I think I finally got a good hand at making the pasta dough. Supper was great – Fresh homemade Linguini with Clam Primavera Sauce with a slice of Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie.


My FBS held steady this morning. That’s a good thing.


And the search for GGG-Grandmother Marie Ann (née Doret) Smith continues on the island of Martinique. I have now completed 9 towns. No luck.

I’m scouring the online directory of ANOM and searching for the surname “Doret” amongst the Baptisms, Marriages. and Burials during the period 1763 through and including 1800.


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Jim

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day 132+40 – (AD 1,294) – 20.1 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled 20.1 miles on my Schwinn 170. totals 27,544.2 miles; 44,328.2 kilometers.



And today I completed 8.9% of the distance to my next goal and destination point.


Bands of rain traipsing through the area this morning and afternoon.







Always amazed at the number of recipes people put out there on social media…and yet they never try the recipes. I know if I see something that sort-of looks good, I’m gonna try it. A friend put up Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie a couple of days ago, and I decided that I liked the looks and the ease of re-creating the recipe that I just had to try it. And this is what is supposed to look like.



It was relatively easy to follow the recipe, once I found all the correct links. But it was sort of a pain rolling out the cinnamon rolls without them schmearing and sticking to the rolling pin and the counter top.

Something’s gone wrong with my FBS count in the morning. It is bouncing all over the place, which leads me to believe that there is something wrong with the blood sugar meter. It is at least 10 years old so I would suppose that is time to get a new one. I’m still on my exercise regime and I am sort-of watching what I am eating. Wonder if it my age change?



No, I haven't even had a slice of my Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie, as yet...

I do not even have Frontier/Verizon and I experienced the lag-time issue that many client-paying customers appeared to have had throughout Tampa and Clearwater.



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