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Mental Magpie

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7080 on: February 21, 2013, 08:18:44 PM »
A coworker related this to me today.  She knew a man who would not let his children watch/read The Chronicles of Narnia because he said it involved witchcraft and denounced God.

For those of you who don't know, The Chronicles is a giant affirmation of the Christian God and fully supports those beliefs.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7081 on: February 21, 2013, 09:08:07 PM »
I'm 33 weeks pregnant right now, and thankfully Husband's workplace has a fantastic paternitly leave scheme in place - he just has to apply for it.

In order to do this, he needs to get a medical certificate stating our estimated due date (April 15th-ish) so that he can start his leave within 2 weeks of that date. Obviously he'd like this certificate sooner rather than later in order to have everything lined up early just in case BabyDrifter decides to get here early.

So! I called my doctors' office to make an appointment for myself and spoke to the receptionist... and this is where my brain started to get sort of hurty.

I explained to the receptionist that I just needed to see my GP to get the EDD certificate for my Husband's workplace. Conversation went as follows:

Me: Hi I'd like to make an appointment with Dr GP.
Receptionist: Yes, certainly (gives dates available) ...unless it's an emergency?
Me: No, I just need to get him a certificate from my GP about Baby's due date for his paternity leave.
R: Does your Husband have a GP
Me: Yes... why?
R: Who is his GP?
Me: Dr Such'n'Such (happens to be at the same practice)
R: So you'd like to make an appointment for your husband to see Dr Such'n'Such.
Me: No, I'd like to make an appointment for myself with Dr GP.
R: But you said that the certificate would be for your Husband?
Me: Yes, but it's with regard to when I'm giving birth.
R: Okay, well, when would suit your Husband to come and see Dr Such'n'Such?
Me: Uh, he doesn't need to see Dr Such'n'Such, I need to see Dr GP. Next Monday, please, you said he was free around noon?
R: Okay, I can do that, and did you also want me to book in your Husband with Dr Such'n'Such?
Me: No, I'll, erm, I'll have to check when he's free.
R: Okay! We'll see you next Monday!

--so apparently Husband has to see his Doctor to get a certificate about when I am going to give birth, even though Dr Such'n'Such would not know me from Adam and has had nothing whatsoever to do with my prenatal care?--
... it might frighten them.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7082 on: February 22, 2013, 12:08:00 AM »
Your medical practice wouldn't be associated with my insurance company, would they?  My first ultrasound got billed in DH's name by mistake - and got rejected because the insurance company claimed his pregnancy was a "pre-existing condition."

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7083 on: February 22, 2013, 12:19:11 AM »
Your medical practice wouldn't be associated with my insurance company, would they?  My first ultrasound got billed in DH's name by mistake - and got rejected because the insurance company claimed his pregnancy was a "pre-existing condition."

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7084 on: February 22, 2013, 12:25:26 AM »
That's the most bizarre part, in my mind... I'm in Australia and we (as a couple) have chosen to only have limited private health cover, so everything to do with this baby is being covered by Medicare, so it's all free/minimal charge... and Husband has had nothing to do with it except for sitting in on one of the ultrasounds. He's at work when I have most of my appointments, so obviously can't come to them. So his name's not even on anything except where he's listed as my emergency contact - my doctors and midwives haven't even required that I fill out the 'father' section because it's not relevant until BabyDrifter's birth certificate is being applied for.
... it might frighten them.
Victoria,

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7085 on: February 22, 2013, 12:37:14 AM »
A coworker related this to me today.  She knew a man who would not let his children watch/read The Chronicles of Narnia because he said it involved witchcraft and denounced God.

For those of you who don't know, The Chronicles is a giant affirmation of the Christian God and fully supports those beliefs.

I suspect a slight case of confusion between Lewis / Rowling and Narnia / Hogwarts (not that I perceive the latter as being in any way out to denounce God)...

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« Reply #7086 on: February 22, 2013, 05:46:50 AM »
It's also possible he is thinking of Philip Pullman, since he's another Oxford writer.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7087 on: February 22, 2013, 08:06:37 AM »
I just made my own brain hurt.

My sister just called and warned me to stay off the roads, visibility is low and the packed ice under the snow is dangerous. But, we are completely out of milk; I need to get to the store. Since she's already out in this mess, she offered to pick up some milk for me as well. Yay! I got it in my head to thank her by having a nice mug of homemade hot chocolate waiting for her when she got here. It wasn't until I had the saucepan on the stove, ready to dump in the cocoa that I realized the flaw in my plan.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7088 on: February 22, 2013, 08:19:36 AM »
It's also possible he is thinking of Philip Pullman, since he's another Oxford writer.

He'd definitely fit the profile, although I always found his books more critical of religious congregations and the Bible than belief or God as such.

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« Reply #7089 on: February 22, 2013, 08:53:20 AM »
It's also possible he is thinking of Philip Pullman, since he's another Oxford writer.

He'd definitely fit the profile, although I always found his books more critical of religious congregations and the Bible than belief or God as such.

My brain hurt when I went to see The Golden Compass movie (based on Pullmanís books, not that I knew it. It just looked interesting and vaguely like Narnia, HP, and all the other fantasy family movies), and my step-mom called me a bad Christian for doing so. I was even more confused after I saw the movie, because it didnít really mention anything about religion, and she LOVES Harry Potter and the like.

I finally understood once I read the book a year or so later, but I do agree with Melle about more focusing on organized religion, not necessarily beliefs. My religion aside, I wonder how much I would make my step-momís brain hurt if I told her I preferred it to HP/Narnia, etc.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7090 on: February 22, 2013, 08:59:31 AM »
It's also possible he is thinking of Philip Pullman, since he's another Oxford writer.

He'd definitely fit the profile, although I always found his books more critical of religious congregations and the Bible than belief or God as such.

My brain hurt when I went to see The Golden Compass movie (based on Pullmanís books, not that I knew it. It just looked interesting and vaguely like Narnia, HP, and all the other fantasy family movies), and my step-mom called me a bad Christian for doing so. I was even more confused after I saw the movie, because it didnít really mention anything about religion, and she LOVES Harry Potter and the like.

I finally understood once I read the book a year or so later, but I do agree with Melle about more focusing on organized religion, not necessarily beliefs. My religion aside, I wonder how much I would make my step-momís brain hurt if I told her I preferred it to HP/Narnia, etc.

It's a very bad adaptation.  ;D And the really overt point-making doesn't really start till book three anyway.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7091 on: February 22, 2013, 09:21:14 AM »
A coworker related this to me today.  She knew a man who would not let his children watch/read The Chronicles of Narnia because he said it involved witchcraft and denounced God.

For those of you who don't know, The Chronicles is a giant affirmation of the Christian God and fully supports those beliefs.

I suspect a slight case of confusion between Lewis / Rowling and Narnia / Hogwarts (not that I perceive the latter as being in any way out to denounce God)...

There are lots of people who think any book that includes magic is unchristian, regardless of what happens in the story. 

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7092 on: February 22, 2013, 09:58:05 AM »

--so apparently Husband has to see his Doctor to get a certificate about when I am going to give birth, even though Dr Such'n'Such would not know me from Adam and has had nothing whatsoever to do with my prenatal care?--

I think the receptionist just had a blank moment. She heard certificate and husband in the same phrase and forgot about the 'pregnancy' part, went on auto-pilot and tryied to book your husband.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7093 on: February 22, 2013, 10:05:33 AM »
A coworker related this to me today.  She knew a man who would not let his children watch/read The Chronicles of Narnia because he said it involved witchcraft and denounced God.

For those of you who don't know, The Chronicles is a giant affirmation of the Christian God and fully supports those beliefs.

I suspect a slight case of confusion between Lewis / Rowling and Narnia / Hogwarts (not that I perceive the latter as being in any way out to denounce God)...

C. S. Lewis was a noted apologist for Catholicism.  Perhaps that's why your acquaintance didn't like it.  I wonder what he'd think of 'The Screwtape Letters'.   

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7094 on: February 22, 2013, 10:15:41 AM »
A coworker related this to me today.  She knew a man who would not let his children watch/read The Chronicles of Narnia because he said it involved witchcraft and denounced God.

For those of you who don't know, The Chronicles is a giant affirmation of the Christian God and fully supports those beliefs.

I suspect a slight case of confusion between Lewis / Rowling and Narnia / Hogwarts (not that I perceive the latter as being in any way out to denounce God)...

C. S. Lewis was a noted apologist for Catholicism.  Perhaps that's why your acquaintance didn't like it.  I wonder what he'd think of 'The Screwtape Letters'.   

That reminds me of another type of brain hurt-y exchange. Those who proclaim Catholicism to not be part of Christianity.


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