The ER at this hospital is really bad. Somebody is always talking about the military in the treatment area past the double doors. Maybe they've got an emergency recruiter just in case you decide you're not sick and want to join the army. Based on what I’ve heard for the past decade or so, a large portion of the population is nearly obsessed with the military now, and I don’t mean enthusiastic about it. I don't know about you the reader but many healthcare people I see are very rude or just plain insulting. I've had this problem for years and not just in Fayetteville, but in Sarasota, Florida and elsewhere. Some healthcare people even look down on my B.A. degree (1982) and graduate work in English saying, “you can’t do anything with it,” which is nonsense. You can do plenty with it, let me tell you, like copyediting, my own divorce without an attorney, complaints to the medical board, and other legal work. Most healthcare people don’t even acknowledge who I am outside their own little fantasy world. Just a few of the cracks I've heard, and this is all true by the way, are "enlisted" any number of times (I got out of the military in 1978; a popular remark with healthcare girls and blue-collar customers at Walmart especially); "poor" (from a receptionist at a cardiologist; I’m definitely not poor for Arkansas); "shy" multiple times, because I don’t want to date healthcare girls who put me down all the time; "priest" (I knew a priest once, so therefore I must be one apparently); “phile” (as in pedophile, which is false; projection made by a very effeminate male nurse at Wash. Reg.); “a bum” (I’m retired, so I don't work; a judgment made by an orthopedist in Springdale); and “boring.” They make it up as they go along. Some try to manipulate me with healthcare girls so they can continue what’s known as the cycle of abuse. Apparently I’m attractive enough to sleep with but otherwise pretty contemptible.