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In These Otsego Hills

February 21, 2013

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We answered the door to discover we were to receive a piece of mail that required our signature not once, but twice. It seems The Bassett Medical Center had sent us a certified letter with a return receipt requested. We were told, of course, that we could refuse the letter. But we decided we really wanted to know what information was of such pressing importance that Bassett would spend $6.11 to send it to us.

Imagine our surprise when we opened it only to discover it was a letter confirming actions taken by Bassett, as well as an apology for what happened, as a result of a complaint we had filed regarding a most unpleasant, and we might add painful, experience we had when an x-ray of our new hip was taken. And while we were happy to receive written confirmation of what was done, we hasten to note that it followed two telephone calls on the same subject.

Plus we are not quite certain why such a letter needed to be certified with a return receipt requested. It seemed like overkill to us, not to mention a complete waste of the $5.66 spent above and beyond the cost of a first class stamp. When we asked as to why the letter was sent as it was, we were told it is not policy, but it is done a lot to make certain that the recipient received the letter. And while that might be important, we tend to think sending such certified, return receipt requested letters is rather a waste of health care dollars.

And while we mused about the letter for several days, we were able to put it out of our thinking when we realized we had two years, 2011 and 2012, of the “Cooperstown Criers” saved, waiting for the opportunity to clip the columns and add them to our collections of columns that date back to 1984. We always enjoy clipping the columns, although we do have to keep reminding ourselves that we do not need to re-read each and every one of them. However, we do tend to scan them to remind ourselves what the actual comings and goings were.

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    July 10, 2014

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    July 3, 2014

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    June 26, 2014

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    June 19, 2014

  • Summer right for driving in the streets We have realized, having consulted our trusty calendar, that next Sunday is Father's Day. And thus this past weekend we were online looking for an appropriate printable Father's Day greeting card which we might send to the wee-we. Since we have been somewhat housebound this year, we have discovered the convenience of printable holiday cards. We used them rather successfully, we thought, when we sent them to the granddaughters for both Valentine's Day and Easter.

    June 12, 2014

  • June musings XXXXXXXX Difficult as it is to believe, it seems we have made it to June which always seems to be a fairly busy month. And this year is no different. In fact when we turned to our calendar to June we were stunned. We always hope to find we are entering a month in which we have little, if anything, planned. But when we turned to June, we quickly realized we were faced immediately with three meeting as well as four follow-up appointments with four different doctors at Bassett. And much as we would have liked to simply move right on to July, we decided that was really not an option. So we are plowing ahead with June.

    June 5, 2014

  • Presidential reading replaces viewing ince we knew we were not in a position to take in any of the festivities surrounding the president's recent visit to the Hall of Fame, we decided we needed to celebrate in another way. And, as luck would have it, we are currently reading the recently released biography, "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered." What better way, we thought, to mark the current president's visit by reading about a former president's life. It seemed perfect. Besides, it gave us a reason to spend the day with our nose in a book.

    May 29, 2014

  • Best not to push luck on spring This week we note that the Literary Discussion Group meeting, originally scheduled for today, May 22, has been postponed until Thursday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Village of Cooperstown Library. William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" will be the topic of discussion at the rescheduled meeting.

    May 22, 2014