So, today we drove out to Umatilla to have the baby’s hip checked. While on the table at the ultrasound room, she pooped all over the sheets. As the ultrasound tech put the dirty laundry in the laundry heap, I made the blindingly obvious observation, “This place must have to do a lot of dirty laundry.”

She replied that most ultrasounds are not on live, poopy babies, but that they do have to clean the sheets in between visitors time. She commented that they do it in-house.

“Isn’t that always the case?” I asked. I mean, I would have to think that it would be in the interest of just about every such clinic to have some monster washing machines. She said that no, actually, most places have cleaning services. She then said that when she was an ultrasound tech in Austin, they actually hired a cleaning service that trucked it to San Antonio.

Clancy is, for reasons I will not get into at the moment, ineligible for life insurance. So with my career on hold, if something happens to her, I really don’t know what I’ll do. Not to get too serious in an otherwise light-hearted post, but there is a disconcerting vulnerability there.

Well, I thought I had found my solution. If something happens to Clancy, Lain and I would move to Austin where I am going to start a laundry service for hospitals and clinics that doesn’t require trucking clothes to San Antonio to be cleaned. There is apparently a need.

But wait, somebody is already doing that. So why in the world would a clinic in Austin be shipping laundry to San Antonio? Curses, foiled again.

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3 Responses to Long Distance Laundry

  1. Peter says:

    When Clancy starts her new job there most likely will be employee life insurance available. These policies are usually offered in some multiple (3X and 4X especially) of the employee’s annual salary, and the premiums are reasonable. Best of all, because they’re offered on a group basis, health status is irrelevant.

    Alternatively, a broker might be able to help Clancy find a regular life insurance policy, albeit one with a rider that would exclude death resulting from the condition she has. For instance, if you can’t get a regular life insurance policy because you have a tapeworm, it may be possible to get a policy that excludes death caused by tapeworm – but which will provide benefits if, for example, you get Ebola virus.

    • trumwill says:

      It’s certainly something to look into it.

      We asked about exclusions, they didn’t go for it. I guessed at the time because it might contribute to death by another cause.

  2. superdestroyer says:

    IF the clinic is austin was part of a larger corporation that also had clinics in San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, etc, it may be cheaper to have a single big contract with one company than have the clinics in Austin has a local contract while the clinics in San Antonio have a separate local contract.

    It is not unusual for hospital and outpatient oncology clinics to have contracts with production facilities that are more than 100 miles away.

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