Monday, October 26, 2020

Who's The (Medical) Boss?


Let me say upfront that I didn't actually post this until much later than the 5:20 p.m. when I started it. As for why there are 33 seemingly unrelated pictures and a YouTube video involving the old sitcom Who's the Boss?, that should become clear in the entry.


So, I went to the doctor today, or rather, to the MedStar Urgent Car facility at 5454 Wisconsin Ave in Chevy Chase / Friendship Heights.

As an aside, I used to go the regular MedStar facility there for many years before ostensibly switching to the Lafayette Center one near my apartment.


Excluding the check in and check out with the nurse, the whole affair was a rotten interpersonal experience, albeit a very quick one. Having said that, I got a diagnosis and a prescription for the appropriate antibiotic, Cephalexin, along with a refill of sumatriptan succinate, both of which I filled at the Dupont Circle CVS quickly enough -- by the time I got back. What's more, it was all free because, I think, I have met my deductible for the year. And I did all this without having to have a dreaded Covid test.


As for the diagnosis, it appears that what I had was not a bacterial infection in the lymphatic system (at or near an occiptal lymph node) but rather a skin infection of unknown initial cause. Perhaps it was due to a spider or insect bite.

For reference, the Amoxicillin does not work on that sort of skin infection. OK, fine. Glad to know that.


While the nurse lady who checked me in was courteous and pleasant enough, the doctor -- or, perhaps, the physician assistant -- was a short, brash, talkative woman who was both aggressive and -- juding by her mask and plastic face shield -- a Covid paranoiac.


She not only discounted my own personal diagnosis -- a lymphatic system infection -- but just kept talking over me.

The dealbreaker for me, though, was when she basically borderline rudely (as I was speaking) ordered me to put the stupid cloth mask I was wearing over my nose.


At that point, I had it with her and argued back, telling her she was treating me like a disease vector and "Do you REALLY think this piece of cloth works against a respiratory virus??"


She never answered that -- which suggests that she has no answer and, instead, is just used to barking that order to her patients with no pushback and just, in general, bowling the world over.


She tried to say a few things in that sanctimonious way characteristic of professional setting conflicts, but I just asked her to give me the prescription. She asked if I wanted to see another doctor (PA), and I said yes, and I said I did. This all moved quickly -- she was with me for, like, 3 minutes and the other person came in within 2 minutes.

Yeah, Tony Danza was kinda hot back then.

*******

Another even younger woman (PA?) came in -- unfriendly and not knowing what to expect. She took a sample of the infection, which hurt a bit, and wrote out the prescriptions I needed / wanted. She also suggested I get a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis shot since that had been (well) over 5 years. The whole thing took no more than 4 minutes.

Within two minutes, the nursing assistant lady came back in and gave me, as agreed to, gave me the "Tdap" vaccine shot and took my blood pressure again -- and it was still elevated (160s/90).


And that was that. From the time the nursing lady checking me in and the time I left, the whole "visit" was under 15 minutes. I headed over to the Potomac Pizza place (a place whose ambience and food I like) before heading back to Dupont Circle on the shitty Metro and stopping at CVS (as the prescription was already).


I'm fed up with these arrogant doctors with their shitty, indifferent attitudes that don't even acknowledge you as a human being. And I sure as hell am not going to deal with all of that in the form of a fucking Covid paranoiac doctor (or PA or whatever she was).


Of note, I had a similar encounter with one of the Georgetown Hospital ER doctors in training (or maybe an orderly) back on July 25th. He was a rude pussy. I told him to just leave, you're not helping anything. And I'm beyond fed up with this Covid garbage. At this point, it's mass psychosis, irrational masking fundamentalism, and leftwing pretend health emergency-driven totalitarianism.


Not only did he order me to put on a mask over my nose (same as the woman above) but had the gall to ask me a question and repeatedly -- repeatedly, as in, like, five times -- look away at ER activities while waiting for my response. Yeah, well, fuck him, too.


So, I'm home now and watching my old TV show line ups -- right now, Who's the Boss? on Antenna TV. That network started airing Who's the Boss? earlier this month, but it comes on (5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.) well before I typically get home.


I've always liked Who's the Boss?, especially the early seasons. I like the characters, I like the chemistry and genuine affection between them, especially Judith Light's Angela Bower and Tony Danza's Micelli. I like Katherine Helmond's character Mona Robinson in her not just overt but flamboyantly sexual and yet often comical way.


And I like the house in the obvious New England setting, specifically, southern Connecticut. Above is the season 1 opening sequence of the show. I think season 2 is identical, but it changed by season 3.


About that house, it is supposed to be at the fictional address of 3344 Oak Hills Drive in the real Town of Fairfield. It features that old beat up blue van being driven out of New York City and into a quintessentially New England autumn day with gray skies but vibrant fall colors.


The idea is that the van -- carrying Tony and his young daughter, Sam, are leaving their home in Brooklyn, New York City and heading up to Connecticut. In the first few seconds of the seasons 1 and 2 openings, you can actually see the old Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in the distance, as shown in image directly below:


In terms of the location of the house shown in the opening sequence, there is a wonderful website called I AM NOT A STALKER, which bills itself as "Your definitive source for filming locations." The site sleuths out the locations of buildings (typically, houses) used in TV shows and movies indicates. The website indicates that the house in the Who's the Boss? opening sequence has the real-world street address of 13 Onondaga Street in Rye, New York (spelling of the street name corrected).


Above: A frame grab of the first season opening sequence in which the blue van pulls up to the curb in front of what is supposed to be Angela's house in Fairfield, Conn., on a fall day You can see a portion of the garage on the right.


Above: Same image as previously but with the Season 1 and 2 title card. Note the bifurcated tree directly behind the van. Note the young man on the bicycle riding on the sidewalk.


The I-AM-NOT-A-STALKER entry linked above is from October 2009 and contains an image of the house and adjoining sidewalk that are at least 11 years old -- that is, they were taken (judging by the leafy green trees) no later than summer 2009 and possibly a year or two earlier. Note the large tree with bifurcated trunk on the left.


Above: Here is another view showing the street, sidewalk, and the bifurcated tree. That is the same tree as in the 1984 opening, i.e., up to 25 years earlier.


Above: A Google street image from June 2018 showing the Who's the Boss? house at 13 Onondaga Street in Rye, New York. The tree is gone by this point -- and it makes the yard seem a lot more open.


Above: Another image from the Google street view from June 2018 showing a street view at 13 Onondaga Street in Rye, New York. It shows the house driveway at the edge of the white picket fence (which, I'm guessing, is a different one from 1984) and you can see that the tree in question is gone.


Who's the Boss? ran for 8 seasons and, according to Wikipedia, 196 episodes, between Sept 1984 and April 1992 -- which spanned almost the totality of my teenage years and a lot of (crappy) changes in my own life, transitioning from my New Jersey childhood to just befor the start of my shitty D.C. life.


I always liked the actor Tony Danza from his Taxi days -- and the character, Tony Micelli, that he played on the show. He's an ex-baseball player and young widower with a young daughter, Samantha played by Alyssa Milano, and together they move from Brooklyn to Fairfield, Conn., where he becomes the live-in housekeeper and, eventually, boyfriend to Judith Light's Angela Bower.

In the end, though, Tony and Angela never get married, and that was done intentionally.


As for the now-47-year old actress, Alyssa Milano, she's a cartoonishly WOKE Hollywood B-list celeb of the Debra Messing sort. For that matter, so is Judith Light, although her big thing was gay and lesbian rights back in the 1990s. (That was before "gay rights" became the absurdly meaningless LGBTQIABC...XYZ alphabet soup that it is today.) As for Danza himself, I've always assumed his politics lean more conservative, but fortunately, it has never caused any friction between them.


Speaking of gay, child actor and New Jersey native Danny Pintauro, who played Angela's intially very young son, Jonathan, is flamingly gay in real life -- and that shown through by the later seasons. He is now 44 years old and doesn't seem to do much TV acting but rather producing.


Long-time television actress Katherine Helmond passed away in February 2019 at age 89. Helmond's career spanned five decades, but she was best known for her role as Jessica Tate on Soap and Angela's middle aged and flamboyantly sexualized mother, Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, and to a lesser extent, Debra Barone's mother Lois Whelan, on Everybody Loves Raymond. Her character is the anti-Marie Barone.


Above: A Who's the Boss? cast reunion on the cover of Entertainment Weekly (EW) in Sept 2016. The cast -- likely the last time all five of them met -- had dinner at restaurant in New York City, as the image directly below shows.


She also played Debra Barone's mother Lois Whelan, on Everybody Loves Raymond. Her character is the anti-Marie Barone. Those other characters were played, respectively, by Patricia Heaton, one of Hollywood's few politically conservative actresses, and the late, great Doris Roberts.


As for the show's theme song, "Brand New Life," The Keeper of All Knowledge indicates that it was written by series creators and executive producers Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, with music composed by Larry Carlton and Robert Kraft.


What's more, there were three different singers during the shows run: Larry Weiss (1984–86) (writer of Glen Campbell hit "Rhinestone Cowboy"), Steve Wariner (1986–89), and Jonathan Wolff (1989–92), each singing variations on the theme song.

OK, that's all for now.

--Regulus

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