Yesterday afternoon was quite literally like something out of a movie. Diane Keaton would perhaps have starred.
It is long and convoluted, to say the least. So pour a cup of coffee or tea before you read.
I’m one of those people who is notoriously early for appointments. If I’m within the 15 minute range, I’m starting to panic a bit.
Somewhere along the line, I applied in my life attitude how important people’s time is. That means everyone. I’m not putting anyone out that I don’t have to. I-Am-On-Time. For everything.
I arrived for my CAT scan. Filled out mucho paperwork. Provided my driver’s license and insurance card. Paid the $100 down of the $500 they figured I’d have to pay apart from insurance, and sat waiting. I was alone in the waiting room.
I could see the blank look on her face. You see this type of “could you please help me” ploy in movies and they don’t usually end well for the unwitting victim/good Samaritan.
“Oh,” I said. “I have one question. Is it really that much to have a CAT scan?”
“The first thing I said to my husband when we got here in July is: People smoke here,” she said with alarm in her voice.
Then she mentions all the road construction.
“And,” one of the older women chimed in. “This is the most dangerous city in the country, according to a study. And women are more likely to be murdered here than most other places.” (I couldn’t remember the exact details on where OK falls in that category, but that rang almost true.)
(Being the curious person I am, I looked that up when I finally got home. And these are the facts: A report issued recently ranked the state of Oklahoma the third-highest in the nation for the number of women murdered by men. The study focused on domestic violence, looking at cases where one woman was killed by one man.
I don’t add to the fray with the info that a few weeks ago a woman was beheaded at her work place by a man who’d just been fired.
“And I think I saw a person carrying a gun,” the woman says. “Actually on them. Can people really carry guns???”
Yes, this woman is clearly out of her element here.
Of course I looked that up as well: Oklahoma is generally a gun-friendly state, and has mostly less-restrictive gun laws. Being part of the Southern United States and Western United States, Oklahoma is home to a strong gun culture, which is reflected in Oklahoma’s gun laws.
On May 2012, Oklahoma State Senate Bill 1733 was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin, which authorized open and concealed carry of handguns by permit holders.
The room slowly empties as the afternoon wears on. A constant stream of info on the ebola crisis runs across the bottom of the TV via CNN.