Bluemont Park and the Four Mile Run. The level treeless area in the center was a rail station on the Dominion Rail-line and now serves as play areas. Arlington VA ( Schmidley, 2014)
Do you have a peeve? I do. I am tired of the media referring to Arlington County as a suburb of Washington, or worse, Arlington City. The County of Arlington, named for the Robert E. Lee plantation, was part of the District of Columbia until the nineteenth century and along with part of what was the city of Alexandria from the Colonial Era, formed what would have been the Southwest quadrant of DC, before it was returned to Virginia.
Highly urbanized, today Arlington (and part of Alexandria) is part of the Central City of the Washington Metropolitan Area. National Airport, where Washington’s temperatures are recorded and transmitted is in Arlington County, as are the Pentagon and the National Cemetery. Although much of the military has been removed under the Base-Realignment and Closing Act (BRAC), much still remains.
The Post announce this morning that the area no longer has bragging rights over being the most congested metropolitan area in the US. Owing to some downsizing of government, or realigning of the both the civilian and government workforce, the Washington area is not as congested as it once was. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing in terms of the economy, but apparently for the remaining commuters it is a good thing.
I came home from the dentist office with $3,000 fewer dollars and have another $1,500+ to go. I was in miserable shape and high as a kite on drugs. I think part of my problem with teeth stems from all the episodes of the vomiting I had as I got used to the meds I have taken for the past ten years, following a heart attack and stroke.
Two of the meds I take are for stomach acid reflux (GERD) and bile acid. Owing to a defective sphincter muscle at the bottom of my stomach, bile acid backs up into my stomach if I eat meat or anything very greasy with animal fat, which is why I seldom eat red meat. As a result, my cholesterol levels are fabulous.
So, for lunch yesterday I had Sole Almondine at one of our favorite eateries. I realized when I got home, I had chewed up the inside of my numb mouth, and I have a very fat lip today. Nevertheless, I managed, while sitting in the dentist chair, to read another chapter in my March WWI book (Clark) on my little Kindle, which I can hold in one hand (thanks for the tip Linda).
This morning, I continued compiling information for the 2013 taxes by adding my prescription drug chits from the pharmacy, which came to over $2,000. This sum represents copays, and does not include expenses for “over-the counter” stuff. So you see some of us are not getting “free” drugs under Medicare Part D. David has a Medicare Advantage Plan, so he has dental insurance and his prescription drug charges came to just over $1,000.
I also pay for my employer health plan coverage and long-term care insurance. David’s old company covers his health insurance (and would have covered mine, but we kept our health expenses separate after we married). He has a long-term policy he pays for, as well as a dental plan through his company. To compile our medical expenses, I must sum at least ten components. Even then we will probably not reach the deductible amount. There is no free lunch…..