STOPPPPPPP!  Good God, what ever happened to fair pricing.  Things are just plain out of control.  I know all about inflation, capitalism and the Great American Way  (Corporate Way). The goal is to make as big a buck as possible even if it’s way more than your product or service is worth!

Like many my age, my survival depends on my Social Security check.  Our meager retirement savings is there to help with the periodic big bills like taxes and insurance and, God forbid, a medical catastrophe. And as our savings are depleted, unlike when we were working, they are not replenished BECAUSE WE DON’T EARN A SALARY ANYMORE!  What the hell is so hard to understand about that economic theory???  

Through no fault of mine, my body is aging.  It’s been functioning reasonably well up until now. But after running nonstop for over 76 years, some parts are wearing out and I just can’t run over to the auto store and buy new ones and have them installed.  But holy crap, that’s what I just did, sort of. 

I have a few vacancies in my mouth—teeth that gave up the struggle over the past few years.  I guess they didn’t want to be included in the autopsy so they either fell out or had to be yanked so I’d stop waking up the neighbors with my screams.   After they left I began smiling less, mainly because I looked like an old geezer with a bunch of holes in my mouth.  Hell, I AM an old geezer but that doesn’t mean I want to look like one.  So off I go to the dentist because one of my molars is aching and I sense this will lead to another vacant lot opening on my lower right.  Before he can do anything to help save my tooth, I have to go to another dentist to have root canal.  Wow! The golden years just keep getting more and more exciting.

I won’t mention—but then yes I will, even the painter came in twice what I wanted to pay to have the kitchen painted. Twice!  And he wouldn’t haggle.  I used to do my own painting but nowadays I can’t be climbing up and down a ladder since I’ve become a “fall risk.”  I know that’s what I am because every time I visit one of my doctors or have a test done at the hospital around the corner they put a yellow band around my wrist. That’s the international symbol for “timmmmber!” But I digress.

I’ll cut to the chase and just sum things up:  root canal + two crowns = $3000.  No, dental insurance doesn’t factor in anymore and implants are out of the question.  And, oh yeah, I didn’t ask the dentist to check out the other tooth on the back left that’s developed an attention-seeking attitude.  I figured that’d be another two grand and given this is the month when my car insurance is up for renewal and one of my home owners association payments is due…well, you know how it goes.  But think of it—THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS for dental work that used to run in the hundreds at the most.

So where am I going with all this?  Certainly not to the Mercedes dealer. Nope. Instead, me and the little lady are hunkered down in the hall closet with pillows all around us.  She’s knitting baby blankets and I’m weaving potholders.  These we’ll sell at next week’s arts and crafts fair at the church down the street.  Because we are senior citizens we get a free chocolate pudding for dessert at the potluck dinner that follows.  Ca-Ching!                                                                


About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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1 Response to MONEY MADNESS

  1. Ted Landphair says:

    I guess old isn’t “in” after all. And you can’t take yourself back for a refund or trade-in. Sigh.


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