2016-07-23 Sat

Gob-Smacked!

Literally. Well, sort-of. Related to mouth, for sure.

I am looking for a new dentist to take care of what is left of my teeth.

There are four practices past which I walk each morning on my trip to Ryerson University to collect a free copy of the Toronto Star, and me being me I make up fur slips of paper and on each slip write “name”, “$clean”, “$check”, “$X-ray” and also “USB?”.

I will visit each of the four practices and see which one is cost-effective and which one is paying too much into its employees benefit plans.

I will find out too if they will release to me the X-rays I have paid for, specifically, will they load them onto my USB memory key.

Of course, besides the cost etc I am also checking out the reception area, the attitude of the receptionists and making in part a subjective judgment about the place.

Imagine my shock and horror when two of the four practices tell me that while they will be happy to email the X-rays to me, they can’t copy them to my USB key because “they are not files”.

Hence “Gob-Smacked”.

The second refusal prompted me to ask what they thought I would do with the X-rays if I once received them as an email attachment. “Well, you can do whatever you want with them”. Including saving them as files to my hard drive? Brightly, with a smile: “Sure!”

Please forgive me for asking this, but aren’t these twenty-something receptionists supposed to be the generation that grew up with computers?

It is a sorry state of affairs that youngsters nowadays seem not to understand that the images they pfaff about the world are, well, files, chunks of binary data.

I don’t mind that they can’t convert values in binary to values in “base negative-four”.

But what do they think an image is?

Location

Name

$Clean

$Check

$X-ray

?

USB?

SW Bay/College

Fakih

$240

$240

y

100%

NW Bay/Hutter

Asadi

$160

$80

$100

$340

y

142%

NE Yonge/Gerrard

City Dental

$170

$150

$320

y

133%

427 Yonge

Toothworks

$220

$250

$470

196%

Interestingly, the most expensive place was the one which refused to entertain the idea that a file could be emailed, but could not be dragged onto a USB device, even after I suggested that they could email the files to themselves and then copy the files to my drive.

Construction Sites (1) 1000 Bay street (opposite Phipps)

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This, our twelfth site, is wrapping up construction. There remains the regular pedestrian restriction of fencing.

It seems to be only a year ago, two at most, that huge Triffid-like cranes blocked Bay Street at this spot.

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Here we are, constrained to a narrow strip of sidewalk, made narrower by the orange cones (to help us see the six-foot high steel-mesh fencing?).

No work is taking place here, nor has taken place for weeks, but Toronto is a city that doesn’t really care to get the last 5% of the job competed.