The "I need to vent" thread

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On New Year's Eve I started to have non-disclosed medical issues.  Progressively got worse thru the subsequent week, so on the 6th of January I go seek medical help.  As usual, since I do not have insurance, I visit the local Urgent Care.  They are baffled, but decided to send a sample out for testing and give be the 'these might work' pills.  They say they will call in 3-5 days with the results.  Being a Friday, I expected to hear something by Wednesday.  Nope.  Not a word.  And while this annoyed, the pills worked and I was mostly back to normal.  So I let it go.  Until I got the bill.

The bill for the tests was blank.  Not totally blank.  It was their standard form, but they only thing they filled out was my name and amount owed.  Not details, no breakdown.  It  was basically a note that said "Chris, you owe use money.  Pay now.".  When I go question this, they inform me that the bill is not theirs, but the lab directly.  When I bring up the 'I never got a call' thing they tell me that if the tests results are good news then you don't get a phone call.  They click-clacked the computer and said I was fine.  Now, I understand that bad news is more urgent and all.  But good news is still important, because you know, I SHOULD KNOW WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON. Ahem.  That settled, I call the lab to get a detailed bill and go about my day annoyed.

And then there is today.  Today in the mail I get another blank bill for them lab with a strongly worded message of "Pay Now Motherfucker".  I paraphrase.  Not details so, yeah, not paying that until I get some.  Annoyed, but it is just that, an annoyance.  But I get another letter.  This one from Urgent Care themselves.  This letter, hand written on a nice letterhead, is dated Jan 19th.  Thirteen days after my first visit.  This letter states that the lab lost my sample and if I was still having issues, please visit as soon as possible. 

Again, this $300ish bill is for tests that never happened. Never Happened.  NEVER FUCKING HAPPENED.  Then how the fuck did you tell me the tests were fine?  Why did it take you two weeks to inform me by mail (instead of by phone, because I only had to give you my number on three different forms)?  And, WHY THE FUCK DO I HAVE A BILL?

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For the fourth year in a row, my parents forgot my birthday. They go to Arizona this time, every year. And every year they forget. The last few years, Michelle has seen me getting upset and reminded them. This year, I told her not to, and got a group text from my dad about how great their lunch was and nothing else.

I know so much better than to let it bother me, but every time it crushes me. 

I had a great 30th birthday yesterday (thanks to many, many forumites for the well wishes, by the way), but I still went to bed with a bad taste in my mouth because I was forgotten, again. 

I don't mean to sound ungrateful, I don't want gifts, I just want them to remember me. 

Edited by Preston

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I feel you, bro. I know how that feels.

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I guess the best way to look at it is to know I'll never let Ben or the soon to debut Quinn Alice (three weeks) feel like this. 

If nothing else, I get that. 

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I'm really sorry about that, Preston. 

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The next Tirades episode is The Spirit. 

Really, that's all I need to say. 

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Dude, no offense, but if your biggest problem is your favorite podcast covering an especially terrible movie, then your life is pretty chill. If you have worse problems, then hey, chin up, your favorite podcast is going to be delivering a very entertaining episode in the next few weeks.

Edited by dc20willsave

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I mean, for real, I do have a lot of shit I should be doing. But yeah, I do take your point, Will.

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What do you do when you see a female colleague get rudely corrected by her male boss, even though she was right all along, and then watch as she apologizes for a mistake she never made?

EDIT: He's not just her boss, but the president of the organization. Also, he's not my boss, as I do not work for the company; they rent space in our building, and I provide them IT support.

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Buy her a drink later.

in all seriousness, gently commiserate with her, because she probably puts up with that a lot from him.

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What do you do when you see a female colleague get rudely corrected by her male boss, even though she was right all along, and then watch as she apologizes for a mistake she never made?

EDIT: He's not just her boss, but the president of the organization. Also, he's not my boss, as I do not work for the company; they rent space in our building, and I provide them IT support.

 I had the converse happen to me, a couple of weeks ago. A customer got angry to the point of screaming at my boss over a change in ticket prices. She got even angrier over the fact that she ,personally, did not get at least six months notice over the price change. My boss (who had no control over ticket prices) paid the $15 for her and her two children. The older of the two had gone away when she saw that mommy was about to throw a fit. Mommy dearest told my boss it was his fault her daughter got embarrassed by her tantrum. I took solace in the daughter not wearing her mothers glasses tinted so that every problem is a Lifetime Original leve crisis.

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Buy her a drink later.

in all seriousness, gently commiserate with her, because she probably puts up with that a lot from him.

We spoke for about 30 minutes over coffee, during which she revealed much frustration and rage.

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