How Many Bulbs Are Lighted?

Two hallway ceiling lights both went dark, and at first I thought we had a fuse problem. But  when I took them apart, I found that all three bulbs in each fixture were burned out. I then deduced that the three had not gone out simultaneously, but one by one without my noticing the diminishing light. Once I replaced them all, the hallway was brighter than it had been in some time. A car can operate with a piston not …


Hey, Isn’t That Joe Over There Behind Curtain Two?

I had a routine, scheduled medical procedure last week as an outpatient. The medical staff is fixated on privacy, supposedly, due to “HIPAA” laws here. Yet in the prep area I could readily see other patients and hear the conversations among them and nurses and doctors. The privacy focus seems more symbolic than actual, not unlike TSA in the airports.







Inside Out

I’m in a surgical suite this morning for my routine, five-year colonoscopy. HIPAA rules are paramount in these places: patient privacy at all costs. Yet, you can clearly hear the conversation with the receptionist and each patient checking in, and you can watch people in the prep room and hear the conversations between them and the nurses. This is Rhode Island. There’s at most three degrees of separation in the entire stat! I was hoping to meet one of our …