Prioritizing Play

I love to experiment and play with all kinds of movement: calisthenics, flow-based ground locomotion, Oly lifting, kettlebells, steel clubs, arm balancing, Parkour, yoga, gymnastics, sprinting, running, biking, rowing, etc… But, if I only have “X” time to train, and have the opportunity, I dig MMA (and it’s component “parts:” boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, submission grappling – as well as: knife, stick, and gun-fu), and would rather play any/all of those than almost any of the others. No contest.

Does that make me a bad person?

Healing Arts Family Medicine LLC Review

One of those things I don’t do very often, write a review of a local business.

Recently I had a physical done at Healing Arts Family Medicine LLC. I have been going to this clinic for going on twenty years, and normally these folks are great at what they do. The medical staff is top notch, especially Stacey Davisson – who is the person I see primarily.

This is the first time I would give them a negative review. Due to a coding error on their part – which they refuse to fix – I am being billed directly for the service, rather than having it paid for by insurance, which covers the physical 100%. Money out of pocket, that could be put to other uses.

I did everything I was supposed to do – correctly. They coded me for going over blood draw results instead of a physical, even though they have it in the books, that I asked for a physical specifically.

The office manager told me she couldn’t help me. How hard is it to recode a piece of paper/computer screen?

Due to their error, I am being charged several hundred dollars for a physical that should have been covered by insurance (that I also have paid for – like getting double dipped!).

In the past few years I have often sent people their way, as I liked their service(s). I will not do that any longer, unless I see a massive positive change in their business practices.

The needs of their patients should ALWAYS come before anything else, including their lack of interest/hardship in changing paperwork.

A year ago, I’d have given Healing Arts 4 out of 5 on a rating scale. Now, maybe a two.

Got a Meeting? Take a Walk

An excellent Tedtalk about movement, rethinking problem solving, and how getting “outside the box,” can help thinking “outside the box.” Even if you’re retired this can have some huge impact in your life. Check it out!

Tom Kechter 12/29/64 – 5/21/15

A year ago today, my brother, Tom Kechter, passed away – way too early – at the age of Fifty. It’s taken me most of the last year to wrap my head around his passing. Grieving. Assessing. Accepting, as best I can.

I miss him every day. For great parts of every day. For all of our lives we (at least) spoke nearly every day, usually later in the night when most everyone else had gone to bed. We’d talk about the day, about physics, comparative religion, comic books, the state of the world, magic (he was a close up magician), stand-up and filmed comedy (he was a stand up comic for most of his adult life), about writing (we both wrote and were published). We’d talk about family, about his daughter Molly, or my wife and daughter. Usually the talks – a lot of them lasting for hours – degenerated into peals of laughter – sometimes to the point of a giggle-fit, as one or the other of us said something that would spark the other.

Now, on the anniversary of his death, I am finally ready to say: “I miss you, Bub. More than you would probably believe. If there is life after death, I hope you’re in a good place, having fun, and at peace. I wish we could meet for tea, like we used to do, and talk about superhero movies and Bill Hicks… Really, about all of the things.”

Tom is survived by his mother Anna, his daughter Molly, me and my family, along with hundreds of friends, extended family, and anyone who saw him perform live for them.

RIP, Brother. I Love You.

Tom