Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Gone To Look for America
As I sat there staring blankly at the pasty-face red head who was giving this useless power point presentation, my mind began to drift to Simon and Garfunkle. Well not exactly to them but to their song “Gone to Look for America”.
let us be lovers we’ll marry our fortunes together
I’ve got some real estate here in my bag
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner pies
And we walked off to look for America
Why? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because I wish I would’ve done that when I was young and sitting through yet another meaningless meeting wherein nothing is ventured or gained, it feels like such a pointless existence. After reading “On the Road” when I was 18, my plans were set. I was absolutely going to break these bonds like “Thundarr the Barbarian” and hitchhike across the country. I was going to see it all.
To this day the furthest west I’ve been is Illinois.
"Kathy, I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
Michigan seems like a dream to me now
It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
I’ve gone to look for America"
But here I sit. Wasting an hour and a half at a presentation hosted by a medical insurance company that is just to inform its participating providers that its name has changed to “SuperMed”. That’s all. Nothing else.
First of all "Super Med" is the dumbest fucking name I've ever heard of and they are probably paying “crimson crotch” 75 grand a year to power-point me to this miraculous epiphany. Not only that, 40 lunches were purchased and I was paid throughout my time there. Their fucking name changed. An email would’ve sufficed.
I’m hearing so much about how this new healthcare bill is going to be the shit because it will force providers to become more efficient. Yeah…o.k. The docs I work for see on average 32 patients a day because the reimbursements continue to be lowered. Under the new plan there will be even deeper cuts so that they will have to see 40 patients a day. That’s not efficient. That’s the DMV.
"Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said be careful his bowtie is really a camera"
Wouldn’t it make more sense to force the insurance companies to stop wasting money on bullshit like these jag-off initiatives so that they could lower their premiums and make insurance more affordable? I mean other than the name change this ginger bitch rambled on about how the company updates her screensaver all the time to cool sports stars and if you log in and tell them that you “worked out” for and hour today or that you don’t smoke that you’ll earn points that you can redeem for gift cards.
Shut the fuck up. I have to pinch myself so I don’t say it.
"Toss me a cigarette, I think there’s one in my raincoat
we smoked the last one an hour ago
As I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine
And the moon rose over an open field"
There’s a line in “Gladiator” I think where Richard Harris says “There once was a dream called Rome.” When I was 18 there was a dream called America. At least that’s how I thought of it then. This vast place where anything was possible. No where in that dream was a board room in a hospital with a bunch of ape-faced old bitches complaining about fee schedules and warm chicken salad sandwiches.
"Kathy, I’m lost, I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike
They’ve all gone to look for America
All gone to look for America
All gone to look for America"