My insurance woes, as described here, seem to have been resolved. The insurance company finally approved the one-night hospital stay my doctor had requested. They did it on the second level of appeal. The first level of appeal is something called "Peer to Peer" where the doctor who is appealing speaks to a physician who works for the insurance company and tries to come to an agreement. In all other cases this particular issue had been resolved through Peer to Peer. In this particular time the insurance company doc called my surgeon at 4:00 on a Friday afternoon and my guy wasn't in the office. He got the message on Monday morning and called back first thing. The insurance company told him that since he'd tried on Friday and hadn't gotten a call back within 48 hours it was denied. That's why we had to go to second level appeal, which requires writing a letter and providing supporting documentation, after which the insurance company has 15 days to respond.
So they really hadn't even followed their own procedures, since my doctor didn't get a chance for Peer to Peer. It was unclear to me whether they'd purposely skipped that step (calling at the end of the day on Friday and counting the weekend hours - when that insurance company doc wasn't working anyway - could be either stupidity or stacking the deck), and actually it still isn't clear, but I did feel it was worth complaining about. I called multiple times and also marshalled some supports, including a state legislator's office. My doctor's admin person also called her usual contact at the insurance company to complain. So who knows what made the difference? But, in any event, it was approved. However by the time it was approved I'd lost my surgery date. My new date is 8/29 and I expect it to stick. I'm more and more uncomfortable (physically) and more and more eager to get this done.
I saw the new HP movie last weekend. I have never been involved in HP fandom but I have been a fan in the mundane sense of the word since a time when there was only one book and for years when I brought the new books in the series home from business trips to London before they were published in this country. I enjoyed the books a lot, and reread them all last year, as recounted here. I do feel that the last book was the weakest - JKR tried to cram too much into one book - but I did enjoy part 1 of the movie version of it and was looking forward to part 2. I thought it was quite good, and so did Doran. They did a good job of simplifying the story; it felt complete; the effects were very good. We saw it in 3D. There aren't a lot of gee whiz 3D effects, but it definitely adds something. I think it's sort of where 3D is going - not so gimmicky, just a way of making it look more real.
Same sex marriage is legally recognized in New York state, as of last Sunday. Well, actually it has been legally recognized - to the extent that any same sex marriages are legally recognized in this country, which is to say not very much - for several years now. The difference is that now New York State is not only recognizing marriages contracted elsewhere, but also issuing marriage licenses for same sex couples. As Jon Stewart says, it represents a great advance in equal rights for gay men and lesbians in New York who wouldn't be caught dead stepping foot in Connecticut. Joking aside, it's an important symbolic step and I'm glad our governor came through on it. Interesting (to me, anyway) is the fact that two of the biggest proponents and the two politicians who really pushed this advance are the governor of New York and the mayor of New York City and both are heterosexual men in long-term committed relationships with women, but not married. It's all about choice, and same sex couples should have the same choice to get married or not that Cuomo and Bloomberg have. So this is a good thing. Now if only there was someone in my life I might want to marry sometime...