Unhealthy Discontent

Last weekend I got sick. I had chills and a fever with no cold symptoms, and developed searing pain, swelling, and redness in the lower calf of my left leg. It was weird, and I was worried. Thankfully I found a walk-in medical clinic open on Sunday, where I was duly diagnosed with cellulitus [warning: yucky photos, not of me].

Within 48 hours of being placed on high-powered antibiotics, all of my symptoms disappeared, and I’m still doing great today. Everyone involved, from the reception staff to the Nurse Practitioner that helped cure me, was fantastic. I am extremely grateful that such excellent care was available on short notice, during a weekend. Without it, I would have probably gone through the ordeal (and cost) of an emergency room visit.

Now that the whole thing is over, I’ve discovered something completely unexpected:  nobody can tell me how much my visit cost, and I won’t know for weeks. Continue reading

Make Them Fear You, Cut the Cord

Monthly bills for cable television, home phone, and cellular service can easily add up to nearly $200 these days. You’re also paying for Internet on top of it, right? Yikes! If you’re sick of paying so much for so little – and brave enough to take the leap – you can choose fantastic entertainment and communication options at a fraction of the cost.

In early 2009 I dropped the land line, fired my old cell provider, and canceled cable TV. I’ve saved thousands of dollars already, and feel stupid that I waited so long. My entertainment choices are vast and growing, and I actually like my phone service better than before. Here’s an in-depth guide to my cord-cutting journey. I hope you’ll find that making the cut works for you, too.

Photo by Scott Swigart

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