1. I’ve gotten accustomed to “doctors without boundaries” jokes, it’s refreshing to see this one turn to “boarders”.

    However — though I don’t think the cartoon would need to make this clear — the traditional understanding of “boarder” includes receiving meals from the house, while someone renting a room (without meals) might be a “lodger” or, more modern parlance, simply a “renter” or maybe under a different arrangement a ” subletter”.

  2. That first cartoon reminds me of an anecdote.

    I used to know a jazz clarinet player who organized a quartet. Once, when I went to hear them, the bass player was late, and my friend told the audience that they were going to start — but the audience should imagine the bass line in their heads. At intermission, I told him that this was a blatant appear to our bass-er instincts.

    (The bass player showed up at intermission, and it was great to hear how much fuller the sound was in the second half.)

  3. @zbicyclist Also on a tangent from that first one, there was at least for a while a popular music usage of “bass” with anatomical reference. (“Bottom” [of the harmony] of course.) In the case of “All About That Bass” (2014?) you know it’s “bass” and not “base” not only from seeing the title or lyrics printed, but because the lyrics also position it in contrast with “treble”.

  4. @Mitch4 — I was grilling some chicken which I would brush with a garlic-sherry marinade from time to time. They came out yummy. I started singing “It’s all about the baste…”

    On an unrelated note, apparently, the HIPPO violation does prevent releasing accurate data about human fatalities caused by hippos. If you do a web search, you do see numbers like 2900, 500, etc. with no underlying studies backing the numbers up.

  5. Just on the off chance anybody here doesn’t get the “Hippo violation”, there is something called HIPAA privacy provisions. “What does Hipaa stand for and what does it protect?
    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.”

  6. Thanks a lot deety. I was just working up the courage to ask about what was considered a groaner. I was desperately trying to work out what I’d missed.

  7. I just found out that and old friend of mine, who has always been an irrepressible punster, has started up a service to transfer LP’s, cassettes and open-reel magnetic tapes of all formats to digital files. His name for this business: “No treble at all.”

  8. Since deety explained HIPAA, and it’s non-disclosure nature, I’ll add that everybody has to sign the HIPAA form the first or even every time they visit a medical office, of course.
    A joke I tell to all medical personnel I interact with, and that happens a lot, on phones and in person, goes like this:
    “You know what HIPAA (“hippa”) is, don’t you? …
    Knock knock”
    “Who’s there?”
    “HIPAA who?”
    “Can’t tell ya!”
    A guaranteed laugh or chuckle every single time. And it does brighten their day.

  9. When I get a spam call offering Medicare or medical services, I ask “How did you get my information? Please connect me to your HIPAA compliance officer.” They hang up.

  10. Carl, I didn’t mean that reply as “correcting” you at all (and btw you have my sympathies!), as I also saw that IBD and figured it must be standing for irritable bowel d[isorder]. So it was a surprising addendum that Wayno claims it actually was a callback to his October cartoon. But still just an addendum, not a disagreement.

  11. Is IBD then something different from IBS, which I think is the one I am more used to seeing? (That is S for Syndrome I believe.)

  12. I don’t know if “cool-down act” is a real name for the phenomenon, but in the days of vaudeville, some theaters would give “continuous entertainment.” This was ten acts for a show of an hour and a half to two hours, repeated over and over all day and into the evening. The big-name act, like W.C. Fields or Burns and Allen, was always on second-to-last. The last act would be something unendurable, like a didgeridoo player, to encourage everyone to leave and make room for the next crowd, and to discourage people from staying to see the show again.

  13. When HIPPA first came out Robert was still working and was Executive director of a children’s mental health center. He had to go conferences about what they needed to do. I pointed out that under the rules medical offices and facilities would need to keep patients from ever seeing each other – such as separate waiting rooms for each person, the children at the agency which was also a school – should need to have individual classes, etc. I also pointed out to him that the sign in list in the doctor’s office was no longer allowable as each person could see the prior patients listed – this one did get changed – now one signs on a label which is removed from the page. Nurse should no longer walk out and say “Meryl” (or any other name) when calling the patient. Two people in the same hospital room should not be able to see each other – etc.

    On the other hand – the board of our reenactment unit was working on how we could events (outside) this year as we have some members who are of the “overhyped – fake disease” sort and are making trouble for us. The “commander” of the unit works for a large company and basically copied what they do at work. The question was raised if we can ask members if they are vaccinated or it that is a violation of the HIPPA law. Have since read that it is not.

  14. As I’m sure you read, HIPPA prevents doctors and other medical types from revealing patients’ medical information without the patient’s permission. It does not restrict anyone from asking the patient directly.

  15. Meryl sez: I pointed out that under the rules medical offices and facilities would need to keep patients from ever seeing each other – such as separate waiting rooms for each person [...]
    Well before HIIPA, there was a tradition in some therapist or psychiatrist offices that there was a different exit door or path to the main hallway for clients to exit from their appointment without going thru the waiting room where the next person is waiting.
    No, they didn’t have this on the Bob Newhart program. But I didn’t say it was always done that way.

  16. Danny Boy – London Derriere – Yes, husband is the mental health field and that was what heavily suggested to them in their training.

    And as my dad would say – Bob Newhart was fiction, not real life.

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