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Today I got a good look at what is right and what is wrong with Los Alamos. After delaying for months, I got up this morning determined to have my prescribed blood work done.
I’m always grumpy when I haven’t eaten for eight hours, so I was just barely maintaining my civility when I walked into the Medical Center. I had forgotten that it was Halloween. My mood was not improved by the long line at the registration desk. When I saw the cause I was really annoyed. The staff could hardly keep their minds on their work because they were celebrating the day.
Now, I don’t mind a pumpkin or two or some black cats, but the whole intake area was decorated to the nines and all personnel were wearing costumes — elaborate, commercial costumes. I assume they were rented. The whole charade was continued at the laboratory — more over-the-top decorations and commercial costumes. I believe the expenditure of time, effort and money could have been put to far better use than that of enabling a group of adults to dress up in silly costumes and act like children.
After that ordeal was over I went to McDonald’s and had a good breakfast for four dollars. The change from the five went into the Ronald McDonald House donation box. That is something right.
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