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April 28, 2004


Now they want to take away our government-funded lava lamps.

(Thanks to Chris Glenn)


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*''I think it's an effort to panic you,'' Goetz told the Senate Finance Committee of the advocates' complaints. ''They've raised a straw man.''*

Well I'm in a panic.

trippy, dude

We have a lava lamp in the bathroom at work ...

That's all I have to say about that.

''We are going to create this police force that is going to enforce rules we don't even know what they are going to be yet.''

What do you call the Dept. of Homeland Security?

The HMO's are indeed infested with commies, terrorists and the likes who would destroy the American way. Trying to get some insurance companies to pay for services is like going to war. For eg, a kid with suicidal ideation holds a knife to his chest. The insurance reviewer wants to know HOW LONG WAS THE KNIFE, and HOW SHARP WAS THE KNIFE. True story. Even after they agree to pay, it can take months, sometimes years before they write the check. Grrrrr.....

I'm sorry, maybe I missed something. Exactly what medical procedure requires the use of a lava lamp? Acid flashback? I mean, a porch glider I can understand. (Needed for cialis treatment.)

Pattie: Maybe the suicidal kid could have demonstrated to the insurance reviewer exactly how long and sharp his knife was. Then do the same to the replacement reviewer until they agreed to pay for the services.

What kind of DR. prescribes Lava Lamps? Dr.Pepper?

When will this insanity end?! I mean, denying to pay for a sick person's lava lamp, well, that is just wrong! I think that I will try to get them to buy me a new conversion van. I am suffering from stress, and I need a posh mode of travel to go on vacation.

Wow, Bangi, I'm stunned. I have always been majorly impressed with your knowledge of American weirdness, and now I'm trying to figure out how to describe a lava lamp.

OK, it's a liquid-filled device, usually about 15 or so inches tall. In the liquid is another liquid that makes blobs, and when you plug it in, the heat makes the blobs undulate and move around. They are usually red or blue blobs. Lava lamps were first around in the sixties, have been revived periodically since then and are somewhat popular at the moment. I don't know why - they look kinda cool but are generally more expensive than I would pay for blobs.

If that doesn't leave you feeling enlightened, well, many of us are in the same boat.

It is an elongated glass cylinder that is filled with a thin fluid (like water) and a thicker fluid (like molasses). The lamp is illuminated, I think, from the top, but when the lamp gets hot, the thick fluid flows very slowly in large blobs up and down the lamp. It is quite psychedelic and also thrilling to young children.

Sounds like we were on the same wavelength about lava lamps. I am not sure why a lava lamp would be medically necessary, but I found some at the link above for $19.99. I have paid more than that for prescription medication with the help of insurance. (My son's Elidel is $70 out of pocket. I retails for like $240 for a tube the size of a tube of toothpaste!)

Your description was much better-phrased than mine. Also, apparently the price has come down since the last time I checked (late 70s).

undulating blobs gnfarb?

Cross-cultural education at it's finest!

*hums "We are the World"*

Oh sure, now I find out that someone would have paid for my Lava Lamp collection right when it is too late. I believe that is a major LTTG and a total bummer, man.

Lava lamps are cheaper than therapy or xanax, without the side-effects.

Plus they keep the glaucoma patients using "alternative medications" safely occupied, thus preventing a potentially crippling pizza shortage.

I'll have to see if TennCare will cover bongs, black lights, and tie-dyed clothes, too. Sounds like this is some kind of therapy for the aging hippie population, over 50 and nearing the end of their useful work-avoidance years.

As a Tennessean, I must say that, frankly,
I'm ...

Not surprised.

Wonder if TennCare would cover blog addiction?

I am disappointed they're not going to provide any more New Balance shoes. Monsters.

Thank God they said nothing abut mood rings or pet rocks!!

Actually, during a stay in the hospital in which the TV got like 3 channels that all played the standard inane daytime TV drivel like soaps and talk shows, I probably would've appreciated watching a lava lamp instead. Especially in my morphine-enhanced mental state...

No Lava Lamps? What next? No wheelchairs!

Hey bro, really nice blog :) keep up the good work :P

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