Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Oil Price Slide





January 20, 2015- I just want to point out before we get too far on sympathy for oil companies, and believe me I support our major industry, that in 2003 when a gallon of gas was around $1.60 Exxon earned billions of dollars in profit.Largest profit to that date. And they will be profitable in 2015. I am seeing in the media stories trying to generate sympathy for oil industry, saying who is going to suffer and lamenting the big drop in oil prices. Yes some of the smaller guys will suffer and me as I support smaller guys by investing in them. That is what happens in a capitalistic society, things change based on markets and if we guess wrong we lose a little. All in all over that 12 year period the stock market doubled, oil prices rose way high, many companies and investors profited. Now some of us are losing a little, That is the way it is.
The oil we are not pumping out today will stay in the ground, when prices rise we can pump it out. Maybe then we have better technology too as we developed the last 12 years. I can wait to then with gas prices at a reasonable rate based on what oil really is worth and not manipulated by faceless, nameless people.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Water Well Pump Repair




 With the very cold weather here in the south my water well pump stopped working. It was too cold to work on it right away with ice storm so finally when it cleared I was able to examine it. If the pump itsel is OK, then the on off switch is the issue. This time it was something in the little black tube that measures the water pressure in the holding tank. Apparently it ices up from humidity and the switch would not turn on. I cleaned things up, sprayed silicone lubricant and now it works.
 I post it here in case someone needs to know how to quick check and repair a water well pump that stops in an ice storm.


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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Personalized Blue Letter Tile Stickers

http://www.zazzle.com/special_order_krewe

  Great stickers for mail box, or on items at parties, or drive way signs done in New Orleans Style Blue Letters. E-mail for details to have one set up for you, your party, home, car, or ice chest. Sticks on easy.

 jerry@figstreet.com for details, costs, set up, or ideas.


Saturday, February 02, 2013

Where to park your car in New Orleans

 My work takes me to the French Quarter almost daily. Tourists seem to think there is splenty  parking in the French Quarter and drive in to learn there is very limited places to park.It is best to prepare ahead, find a lot on the edges, Rampart St, Decatur, or any area out side the small narrow streets of the Quarter. On most big weekends the streets are closed off, as you try to get in it gets all backed up. Trying to drive in creates a massive traffic tie up and you and car get stuck for a long time going no where. Park the car on the edge of the Quarter and walk in, it is only a few blocks walk to every thing there. Parking outside the Quarter is cheaper and smart. See this page for details http://neworleans.bestparking.com/#1


 Plan ahead to not drive into the Quarter then get stuck as I see happen all the time. I am amazed at how people drive in then just get stuck trying to get back out, Large vehicles are forbidden and will get ticket. Illegally parked cars are towed off. The parking lots on Rampart St are cheaper then being towed and better then getting stuck going no where. Aslso see http://neworleans.centralparking.com/

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Bowl New Orleans Fireworks on the River


New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII, 2013  Festivities


 I spent the evening at the Super Bowl display on the river front. It was free with music stages, food booths, and corporate tent displays. Not very crowded. The highlight was the bring up a barge with light display, projected replays of games, music, ending in a lot of fire works. Great thing to see and do. I took a few pictures with my cell phone.





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NFL Experience, Saints display.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

"THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL - YouTube

"THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL - YouTube: ""

 This is the funniest thing I have watched on You Tube.

Coco Robicheaux and Bluecat



 Curtis and I met sometime ago across the lake. Years after I caught up with him in New Orleans when he adopted the stage name Coco Robicheaux. I saw him, knew I knew him but it took a while until we realized who each other were. We laughed as we both adopted names. I went by Bluecat after the catfish I use to catch and cook in Indian Village near Slidell where Coco and I first met. We both shared stories and loosely kept in touch. The week before he died we had a little drink together. Never did I think at that time it was our last visit here until we meet again. I have several Coco stories as we seemed to run into each other at odd times, grocery, doctor's office, walking. Just crossing paths on life's journey. He is missed, my friend "Coco". He became a singer, I a painter. We both went into the arts and loved the swamp. We frequented the swamps around the north-shore and it shows in my art and his songs.

   

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Health Care Costs Disputed at Slidell Memorial Hospital



 I recently watched the CBS Report by Steve Kroft on Sixty Minutes- Hospitals: The Costs of Admission all about unnecessary tests and admissions. This actual happened to me.

 I am right now in the mist of disputing the over $6,000.00 I was billed by Slidell Memorial Hospital when I went one time to get an EKG. Early one morning I had a sever chest pain and called my nurse daughter. She said to get get an EKG at the hospital. I drove to the emergency room thinking this would be a short simple process. Well what happened was I was strapped in a bed and spoke with a nurse for 5 minutes. A series of test were begun. Blood, X-Ray and finally the EKG. A doctor came in to visit about 5 minutes and told me the test were negative but he was keeping me for observation? I assumed I would wait there a few more minutes instead a nurse came in and said they needed my room and would move me to another. I was placed in a ward and laid there for hours. Another blood test was taken and another EKG about 5 hours later. The fellow next to me recounted a similar story and decided he would simply leave and tried many times to get a doctor to come see him. I was more patient waiting to find out why it took so long for me to simply get an EKG? After 8 hours a different doctor came in to tell me the second tests were also negative and he was releasing me. It took about 9 hours total. I should have left sooner. All test from the first on were negative. The delay and additional test were useless except it ran my medical bill up to $8,000.00. That's for going to get an EKG. I could have waited 3 more hours and go to a walk in clinic and the bill would have never been in the thousands of dollars. I am disputing all of the bills especially $1,600 for a doctor I spoke to for 5
minutes.
 After seeing the report from Steve Kroft on Sixty Minutes I am sure what was done in my case is the same thing. Unnecessary tests and unnecessary admission to run up a profit. Shame on the Slidell Memorial Hospital for doing this. I am sure they did the same to the other fellow in my room. He was objecting loudly asking why was he in the hospital when all he had was a stomach ache? I paid for the tests and doctors who read the tests, all under one hundred dollars. The hospital bill was reduced to $3,000.00 but several hospital or emergency physicians still claim $1,400 in doctor fees. One I never saw or met, the other two I saw less then 5 minutes each. I am fighting those and disputing the hospital bill as it should not cost $6,000 to go get an EKG.
 I will never set foot in Slidell Memorial Hospital again. It is a shame they do this to people who are in pain when they come to a hospital.

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