Monthly ArchiveJuly 2007

Chiropractic 12 Jul 2007 12:43 am

A Response from Disc Decompression of Delaware

Well, seems I received an email from the good folks at Disc Decompression of Delaware concerning the mystery email I received from them last week. According to them, it was not a deliberate attempt to deceive me.

Here is Dr. Pat Wendel’s explanation of what happened:

My patient base in Claymont, Delaware consists of an older clientele, many of whom do not have computers or access to the internet. Last week, a patient asked me my opinion of your advice and what your credentials were. I read briefly through your radical opinions and was amazed at your seemingly personal axe to grind. Before that time, I was not even aware of your existence, let alone your scathing opinion of chiropractic.


Back to the point, our office allows our patients to access the web on our laptop in the waiting area. Usually patients use it to look up drug interactions and information relative to their particular health conditions. Apparently, one gentleman sent you an e-mail.

So, mystery solved.

If this is what happened… perhaps in the future they will rethink their policy of allowing patients to have free and unsupervised access to their business accounts. After all, they gave this person permission to use their computer, and by so doing, they gave their consent to be a party to anything he chose to do on it.

Under the circumstances, they are responsible for any email sent in their name whether they like it or not.

I wonder if I’ll ever receive an apology?

Maybe if I hold my breath.

– Dean


BTW, any of you doctors have expensive laptop computers in your waiting rooms?


The Continuing Saga:

Dumb Day, Part 3: Whatever Happened to Courtesy?


Chiropractic 10 Jul 2007 11:43 pm

Dumb Day and Disc Decompression of Delaware

Okay, whose decision was it to hold National Dumb Day and not tell me?

I mean I checked the Ozark Feed and Grain calendar (Yeah, the good one with the tractors and combines on it.), the Barry County HogCaller, the Penny Saver, AND the Dirt Farmer’s Almanac and not one of them sorry rascals deemed it necessary to inform me that last Monday was the official celebration of this illustrious event.

So, as you can imagine, I was totally caught with my overalls a danglin’ and nary a howdy-do for the collection of dim-witted, muddle-headed and… okay, I’ll come right out with it… just plain dumb questions I received this past July 2nd.

Mind you I get my fair share of email and, generally speaking, the bulk of it is from normal folk with normal questions and what not. I try to answer as much of it as I can and don’t make a habit of picking on folks for no reason.

After all, sometimes you have to ask a few nuggets if you expect to sift the wheat from the chaff. But for some reason last Monday the muttonheads and halfwits were literally coming out of the woodwork.

I probably received more scatter-brained correspondence on that one day than I have since Billy Bob fell off the barn. I don’t know if the heat was frying their brains or if they were all just drunk with joy over the prospect of a holiday in the middle of the week. All I know is that, on that particular day, my cup runneth over.

Now normally I wouldn’t publish what amounts to a private give-n-take, but I’m going to make an exception for one of the gems that took a notion to grace my inbox.

Keep in mind as you ponder it… that I’m not criticizing the spelling or the poor grammar. That sorta thing’s normal ‘round these parts. Ain’t like we’re stuck on all that book-learnin’ and such. No sir, that’s not the part that got my attention.

I didn’t edit nary a word. This is exactly what it said:

I read you article and have been going to a chiropractor for over 15 years. She also has a disc decompression machine that has helped many people. Why…do I need to be worried about using her and this machine, and why?

Sounds like a real question from a real person now doesn’t it?

Sounds like they’ve been happily seeing their chiropractor for nigh on 15 years. Goes on to say this here chiropractor has a machine that has “helped many people.”

Stops short of the usual “amazing results” and “only thing that got me going again,” but I reckon it will suffice.

Sounds like ole Jim is one satisfied cowpoke if you ask me.

But there’s just one teensy little problem with this message.

The sender was listed as “Disk Decompression of Delaware“ and the email address was

Yessir, I kid you not. The hombre that wrote this lovely bit of twinkley-do was so intelligent he actually sent it using a business email account.

Don’t know about you, but that just got me to scratchin’ my noggin:

  • Why did this feller send me a fake email?
  • Why was he posing as a patient?
  • What was the point?
  • What did he hope to accomplish?

It wasn’t like I was looking to find some way to ferret out the bad guys. All I was doin’ was sittin’ there mindin’ my own business and this here feller just walked up to the front door and said, “Howdy, Pardner. Mind if I shoot mahself in the foot?” 🙂


References and Such:

I did me a search on this here interweb thing-a-ma-bob and I couldn’t find this feller Jim anywhere’s about. But perhaps these nice folks know who he is and can give him a hat-tip and a howdy-do next time they see him:

New Castle County Chamber of Commerce

The Continuing Saga:

Dumb Day, Part 2: Response from Disc Decompression of Delaware

Dumb Day, Part 3: Whatever Happened to Courtesy?


Writer's Block 08 Jul 2007 11:13 pm

Introducing Writer’s Block

I apologize for my recent silence.

No, I didn’t go on vacation. The past few days I’ve been suffering from a severe case of writer’s block. Which doesn’t mean I haven’t written anything. It just means that everything I’ve written has been… well; let’s just say it needs to incubate a little longer.

But every cloud has its silver lining.

As a result of this dry spell, I’ve decided to create a special column for those times when I can’t seem to put two words together in a coherent fashion.

It will be a collection of short posts from blogs I’ve read recently that deserve full reviews… but because of my inability to form complete sentences and/or readable paragraphs… I’m just going to point and say, “Me like.”

In other words, it’s going to be a block of short posts about other writers designed for the express purpose of helping me overcome the logjam in my tiny little brain.


I have to give Cathy the credit for the idea. She was the one who got me thinking along these lines with her weekly column, The Friday Fives.

However, unlike Cathy’s Fives, this will not be a weekly feature nor will it be scheduled to appear on any particular day. For you see, I know myself too well. I know that if I set a deadline to accomplish any project… that goal is instantly doomed. Murphy will not be denied.

Instead, I’m just going to post a WB whenever I have one ready to go. And thus, Writer’s Block will be sporadic, disorganized and unpredictable… pretty much a reflection of my life and my usual work habits.


I know this is not a new idea. Most bloggers do this in some form or fashion. It’s just that I’ve wanted to come up with an appropriate name and a clear objective in how to approach this regularly occurring feature… and my current bout with the writer’s malady served to supply me with the answer I was seeking.

So Cathy has her Friday Fives. Musings of a Distractible Mind has, Ask Dr. Rob. Orac has his Friday Dose of Woo. Bronze Dog has Doggerel. And now, I have Writer’s Block. 🙂


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