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Unfair Medical Billing for a Fellow Musician Friend

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015

The Medical Billing was too Expensive

It is an undeniable fact that at some point in our lives we do get sick, no matter how careful we are and conscious we may be when it comes to our health.

David, an old friend of mine who is a fellow musician and a master of the drums, unfortunately, became sick. He was diagnosed of tuberculosis and had to be admitted to the hospital. My thoughts as to why he got that disease is because he doesn’t care too much when he sweats a lot during a drum session. He just lets it dry off which I know isn’t a very good idea; he plays the drum about four or five times a week for an hour.

That could probably be one reason why he acquired such illness. I came to visit right away after knowing his condition.  We talked about our previous gigs which were pretty cool, reminiscing old rock and roll showdowns on our younger years, the glory days.

He told me that he is getting better already and things are going smoothly about his recovery which was for me, very pleasant news. But there was something that bothered him after our jolly chitchat. So I asked him what seems to be the problem.

He said that the medical billing he got was a bit too much for him, although that wasn’t supposed to be the case. He wasn’t prepared at all for such amount so I told him not to worry because I’m going to lend him some money and will ask a few friends to help too. I saw him quite relieved after saying that which I know will better help him heal faster.

He then exclaimed that he thinks this is one reason why the medical billers here have the highest medical billing salary he knows so far.

We then talked about after he is fully recovered he would want to have a jam session with our old friends who are also into music. I just chuckled and told him focus first on a fast recovery, eat well and don’t overdo things. I know that this guy is really active and sometimes forget about taking care of his health so I advised him to ease down a bit.

David laughed and just said “sometimes my drive in playing the drums just couldn’t be stopped,” he admitted that he plays the drums for about 2 hours a day and that is tremendous stress. The doctor also told him to refrain from activities that would make him sweat or exhausted just for about 3 – 5 months just to make sure he gets back into shape.

Surely I admire David’s passion but I think he should put it into moderation because things like this can really happen again if he overdoes it. I believe that too much of everything is never okay, just the right amount is perfect.

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Giving Value to Your Guitars as Much as You Value Your Home

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015

Improving your home is a very essential part of living. A comfortable life can be achieved if you have a house that is built and designed to your liking. A beautiful home is also a source of pride and joy. People will see you and the house you built and designed, and they will know how happy and content you are in your life.

As a music lover and a fan of guitars, they way I treat my home becomes a reflection of how I treat myself and my instruments. This is because I know for a fact that my instruments are at home, with me. Meaning, my home does not just protect me and other people I live with, it is also protecting my guitars and other valuables. A demerit on my home is a demerit on my possessions.

To achieve a good home, one has to work for it and provide it with the necessary tools and materials that will keep it strong and steady and fully functional. It’s almost the same as taking care of your own guitar. As you use your guitar everyday, you provide it with the right strings, materials for care, and you give it a proper case, area or room, where it can stay and be well protected. To be able for your guitar to be fully functional, it has to be in a condition of full-capacity. This means, that it has to be just right. Hence, if you suddenly abuse it, you can be sure that it will be a mess, sooner.

Proper home care includes proper foundation, and one aspect of a good foundation is good plumbing. Plumbing is often times a neglected part of the home structure, with people thinking it is an easy task that anybody could just do.

I personally had to learn this the hard way, because a recent incident with my home’s plumbing system got me calling for an Oxford plumber to help me save my possessions, especially my guitars.

From the flow of this story, you can pretty much tell that what happened, but let me tell you anyway., A pipe leaked and I shook it off as an easy problem and just sealed it with one of those commercial seals you see on TV. The next thing I heard was a loud bang and water started pouring out of the pipes like a waterfalls was living under my house. It became a mess, really quick. I did not have a second floor to bring my possessions and my guitars up to, so I was stuck with bringing them to the neighbors while I waited for the plumber I called to arrive.

Good thing they were as quick as the situation called for, and everything came back to normal by the end of the day. Of course they had to come back to do more fixing but at least I was able to stay in my own bed for the night, and my guitars and other valuables were saved from harm.

This event really got me thinking about being more thorough with the needs of my home. Now, I am even thinking, what if there is a fire? What if an earthquake occurs? Can my house survive those? What would happen to my possessions my house gets hit hard by whatever natural or man-made disaster?

In the next few days, I will have my home re-surveyed and inspected for possible problems, and I will act on them immediately, before an actual disaster occurs. You should try doing that too, for your sake and your families. And for your guitars, too, if you have them at home.

 

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Guitars – How to Properly Store Them

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

I always make it a top priority to take care of all my electric guitars. Call me weird, but I think of them as an extension of my body and soul. Since I love music and my favorite musical instrument happens to be the guitar, I would always go to great lengths just to keep them safe from harm. I guess because of that one fateful accident, I will forever remember to take care of my guitars and make sure that they are stored in the right place and form.

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Around a year ago, I recently brought a really good electric guitar from a good friend of mine. I already have five guitars, but they’re different types though. This friend of mine visited my home after a few days of buying the said guitar. Now, I was careless back then and because I was rushing all over the place to accommodate my friend, I simply left the new guitar inside a cabinet without hanging it with its sling. When my friend arrived, he then asked if he can check out the guitar I brought for him. When I told him it was inside the cabinet, to his surprise, the guitar suddenly fell on top of him and the head f the guitar hit his nose. He was bleeding because of the sharp drop and I immediately helped him up.

That was a really bad day for me because not only did I have to pay for my friend’s hospital bill, but I ended up having a damaged guitar.

Anyway, because of that incident, I made sure that my guitars are kept in a place where sudden drops won’t happen once you open the cabinet. I made sure that the guitars are hanged by the sling and that the hook where I put the sling on is fastened properly. If you don’t have a guitar cabinet, then put some durable hooks on the back of your door and hang your guitar there using the sling.

One reason why I like hanging my guitar on a sling is because this prevents accidents that might damage your guitar. If you leave your guitar on the side, someone might careless step or kick the guitar. And believe me; that is something that you don’t want to see.

If your guitar doesn’t have its own bag or leather case, then you should definitely get one. Most new electric guitars are already sold with it; if this is not the case, don’t worry. You can check online for cheaper ones. Gig bags are a must if you’re going to carry your guitar around for band practice or a live performance. If you’re not using your guitar for a long time, always remember to open the case and do some maintenance for the guitar. Remember to clean and condition the fret board, replace the old guitar strings, and polish the body.

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