- Last Thursday was a very long day. It started at 6:00 a.m. with getting up and ready for my first day on my new job. The drive up wasn't too bad. I was introduced to at least 25 people, led around the maze of the office, then upstairs to the very close quarters transcriptionists and other clerks occupied, given a desk, and spent time listening to different doctor/assistant's dictation.
- Electronic Medical Record programs are many and most of them are not set up for transcription. So there are a lot of glitches and not many shortcuts. However, the work is right up my alley of Workers' Comp and orthopedics/pain management.
- It was nice to clock out and be done with the workday, unlike my last job, where as manager I had to worry about employees, the computer systems, supplies, patient load, billing, etc.
- Traffic Rant: The drive home was long and I was getting off the freeway one mile from my house, tired but eager to get home and ready to play Bunco with the group. A highway patrolman saw me turn from the offramp into the right side of the two lane road where I immediately turned onto the frontage road. He turned on his lights and pulled me over. Yep, on my very first day of commuting I got a ticket.
- The officer claimed I failed to stop at the top of the offramp (I disagreed but was smart enough not to say so). He claimed I had pulled out in front of another car. I thought it was in the other lane and said so. He claimed I was "driving on the shoulder" and that was the reason he pulled me over, stating it was highway patrolmans' pet peeve when people drive on the shoulder. I had no idea that it was the shoulder; it should be a right turn lane anyway. In the end he only cited me for failing to stop at the onramp's stoplight. Then he asked me if I had ever had a ticket and I told him I got a speeding ticket on my honeymoon; the first time I signed my married name was on the ticket 28 years ago. He said that was a pretty good record.
- So today I took the commuter bus on a trial basis. Tomorrow I'm buying a monthly pass.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Tuesday's Orts--bits and scraps of thoughts and events that land here semi-regularly.