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Jumping Through Hoops

“This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, This ain’t no fooling around, No time for dancing, or lovey dovey, I ain’t got time for that now” Chris Frantz / Christopher Frantz / David Byrne / Jerry Harrison / Tina Weymouth

Tis the season to go jumping through hoops. In fact, as I am talking to you right now I am preparing to jump through a flaming hoop. 

circus and hoops photoPaperwork is perhaps an antiquated expression. After all most of information gathered nowadays, in our modern technological society, isn’t recorded on paper at all. But rather the majority of information is stored electronically on computers. God forbid the system crashes but that is another topic, our dependency on the digital beast that we have created.

Tis the season for aggravating phone calls, filling out forms and gathering information. I am doubly vexed as I have to take care of renewing my insurance and I am trying to get my wife into a nursing home. With regards to the latter, I have made over one thousand copies and I have a couple hundred more to go. Trying to be both economical and practical I purchased a copier so I could do it at home. With my wife ill with dementia, I do not have the time to go to the local store to stand for hours making copies. I could have paid for somebody to do it for me but it would cost almost the same as the copier machine. Now I will have a useful memento when the task is done.

As far as the insurance goes I was very fortunate to get two nice and competent workers to assist me. There is one insurance for dental and one for medical. As a visionary, I must ask that obvious question “Is there a better way?” The overwhelming response is a booming yes.

If we enacted single payer coverage then everybody would be covered, the doctors would get paid more and the public would pay less. What would happen is that we would cut out the middle man which is the insurance companies. The sad reality of why America is so far behind the rest of the world in this area is because those insurance companies donate hefty donations to both Republican and Democratic candidates. In the United States, we get the best government that money can buy. I firmly believe that if you offered the politicians enough money you could get anything.

In deeper reflection, a single payer system would lessen a lot of heartaches. Case in point my broken tooth. When I applied for dental insurance I was particular to find one that covered major work. In fact, it was the sole reason that I selected the plan. I thought I was getting a great deal based on the numbers. It was only after getting denied three times for a root canal that I came to the realization that I was suckered. The dental company advertised coverage but the truth I found is that they denied it. I highly suspect that it is a matter of greed. To add insult to injury when I switched to another provider this year the old insurance sent me a letter saying they were willing to match the exact plan dollar for dollar with identical benefits. Naturally, I turned them down.

I could go on complaining and whining about other ridiculous things in my personal society but I want to use my space to touch on the big picture. It is important that in whatever one does to look at the big picture. In doing so you can navigate through life more successfully. Here is the question for today, “How much of what we do is simply unnecessary and useless?” I will answer this question with another question, “At the end of the day what have you produced?” When I worked stocking shelves I could point to a number of products I put on the shelves. When I worked with the engineering company I could hand in a collection of deeds or a box full of data.

What do bankers, traders, insurance people, and their ilk produce? A carpenter can point to a finished house. But many ‘white collar’ jobs simply shuffle papers or in today’s age computer information. I humbly propose that we could eliminate a good portion of occupations, services that take the bulk of the money as well. You call somebody that lives without producing a parasite. Many people get mad at poor people collecting welfare without working but the same people don’t get angry when we call these people ‘owners’ and they take the lion’s and the bear’s share of the profits. We live in a world where many look down at people who work with their hands when in truth they are the lifeblood of the nation.

So in the time to write this little article, I am still on hold and most likely I will hang up to call another day. My matter is not urgent so I have that liberty. I can jump through this hoop on another day when the circus isn’t as busy. Hey, what do you know they answered the phone and referred me to another number.

I would like to present to you a book of short stories I wrote called “From Chaos To Cosmos” It is a science fiction book that looks at the world from different vantage points of my twisted imagination. I pride my writing as being thought-provoking, unique and entertaining. Check it out.

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Jumping Through Hoops

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Jumping Through Hoops. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from


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