At the border, entering the "country" of Transnistria. Photo taken December 8, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Could be a busy weekend

Because we're actually having a stretch of summer weather! After nearing record cold overnight temperatures last week at 4C (39F), we've gradually warmed up every day and we hit 32C (90F) for yesterday's high.

And it's supposed to be warm again today. Quite a few campers showed up yesterday, and we're being told the lower campground is sold out for the weekend. We'll see. There always seems to be a cancellation or screw up that leaves us with a couple of empty sites and we haven't seen it totally full yet.

I went into town yesterday and bought an EpiPen kit for my apparent bee sting allergy. One of those things that you buy and hope that you never have to use.

Epipen kit for anaphylaxis  reactions.

The kit cost $109.35 and my Mom volunteered to pay for it. Thanks Mom! Strange though, I went to buy it at Walmart's pharmacy and they rang up the bill and asked for $129! I had confirmed the price of $109 when I scoped it out a week ago so I was surprised. I asked if there was a tax of some kind on it. This is Canada after all! But no, there isn't. He went to double check things and came back and said he would charge me $109.35. Okay. I didn't ask, but there's obviously some kind of double standard. They probably charge insurance companies more than if you're paying out of your pocket. I know that double standard exists in most situations where insurance money is involved. One of the reasons dentists and doctors in "developed" countries are so expensive. Insurance of any kind is the biggest scam going.

The kit is a little bigger than I expected. Since you're supposed to carry it around with you wherever you go, I thought it would be a little more compact. 

Thanks for all the feedback regarding the Tilley hats in yesterday's post. Looks like we're all pretty much on the same page regarding venting and wide brim. Turns out that there are two independent shops in nearby Prince Albert who sell Tilley Endurables hats so we'll try and go together next month and check them out before ordering. I doubt they'll have the newer styles in stock, but I guess we'll see. At least it will give us an idea.

Have a great Friday everyone!


14 comments:

  1. enjoy the weekend! hopefully the campers will 'beeee-have'!

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  2. Phew, now I can relax - you have the EpiPen! Kidding, Kevin, but it sure is a smart move. And, I can't wait to see you and Ruth in your Tilley hats. I forgot to mention yesterday that the reason I am so familiar with them is because an old boyfriend, Jerry, absolutely loved his. I swear he wears it every single day ..... and I'm sure he cleans it in the washer and dryer! The Tilley and his Tevas are 'de rigeur!'

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    1. Now we just have to make sure that we have it with us at all times.

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  3. Sucks to be stuck with the Epi-pen, but if you know there might be an issue, then there's no other way. If you're out travelling (there's an idea) somewhere away from the nearest medical facility, it might just save your life.
    I lost my Tilley hat in a change room at the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, P.R. and I still haven't gotten over it. Stupid me. Left it behind for a very few minutes, realized I had left if behind, went back for it but someone had already pinched it.
    I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever kind you buy. Just keep a close eye on it.

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    1. Definitely worthwhile to have with us, especially since his reaction is getting worse each time.

      We will keep our eyes on the hat, thanks for the warning.

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  4. Insurance companies...don't get me started! :c(

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    1. You and Kevin could have quite the conversation around the campfire some night on this subject.

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  5. I just loved my Tilley. During a night sail it flew off my I head and I never saw it again. They float! So you can easily retrieve them, but on a moving sailboat at night, racing on Lake Ontario all you can do is say goodbye.

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    1. So chances are that somebody else now has a Tilley. Good for them, not so much for you. :(

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  6. I'm with you on the insurance companies. They are just as bad in the United States. In fact, their actions border on criminal as far as I'm concerned!

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    1. That is pretty much our thoughts as well!

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  7. Good on the epipen, you need to be proactive on that for sure.

    Cheers!

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