I just had my Abilify prescription filled for the month, and I noticed the amount RiteAid is billing the State of Washington for my 30 tablets: $549.99!

That's $18.33 per tablet!

Sheesh, this is why I can't afford to work right now -- I need the psych meds in order to function, and I can't afford the meds without insurance... but I can only work part-time, and I can't find a part-time job with full insurance! If I work, I lose my benefits, and then I won't be able to work...

We need Universal Health care so desperately in this country, free from the gouging insurance companies, and in order to keep the pharmaceutical companies in check. Single Payer. That's all there is to it. (Unfortunately, Obama has taken it off the table.)

Third worst mistake this country ever made (after slavery and First Nations genocide) was tying health care to employment. Big, big mistake.
A few days ago, I received another birthday present from my Amazon Wish list: the Hagrid-sized office chair!

The Tecno Big and Tall Executive Chair is specially designed for the plus-sized man who sits at a desk all day. In other words, me! The chair is roomy, higher than normal, and better for my knees. It's beautiful, too! The black leather is easy clean, which is important for me -- cloth chairs don't always work well for me, for various reasons.

My little sister ordered it for me, the sweetie. I'm so pleased with it! Thank you, Nettie!

And herein lies the tale:

A Hagrid-sized chair is shipped in a VERY LARGE cardboard box. A very STURDY cardboard box, the kind that you don't just want to throw away. It could be used for moving, storage, or any number of other uses. I just didn't have the heart to even put this big box in the recycling bin. SOMEONE would want it, I was sure!

So I put an ad for it on Whatcom Potlatch. No takers. So I listed it on Craigslist. Over the course of several days, I had two nibbles, but both backed out.

So I'm sitting here cleaning my room for [livejournal.com profile] snousle's visit, and it's just taking up space. (A lot of space.) So I think to myself, "I'll put it on the curb! Here in Bellingham, lots of people put free stuff out on the curb when the weather is nice, and it usually gets picked up by someone. Lots of hippie students in this neighbourhood, surely one of them will want this cool box!

So I printed out a sign that said "FREE BOX," taped it to the box, and set it out on the curb.

An hour later, I checked, and the box had been moved to the recycling. WTF?

Turns out the landlord was here, thought it looked trashy, and threw it away. Awwww, c'mon! Someone is destined for this box! I can't just throw it out!

So, defiantly, I picked the box up, carried it across the street, and put it on the curb there. Now it's off the landlord's property, and he can't do anything about it.

Twenty minues later, I step out on to the porch to smoke a cigarette, and I look over at the box. Four college kids were gathered around it, talking excitedly! They were climbing in and out of the box and talking about how cool it was -- reminded me of the Transmogrifier from Calvin & Hobbes.

Then the girl in the group picked the box up and put it over her head, and started walking around. She looked just like an EG-6 power droid from Star Wars!

One of them took a marker and wrote "AWESOME-O" on the box...

And then they walked off with the box.

See? I knew SOMEONE would want that box!
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