In the mail I found more paperwork to complete. There was a request from Medicare and another about a pension matter both would require talking to someone for clarity or filling out more forms. None of these are fun.
I had spent about thirty minutes on the phone to Medicare waiting for a real person to answer a question and rejecting requests to go to the website. I got a letter that was telling me something that was inconsistent with my application. Signing up for Medicare was a requirement for the HealthCare benefit in my retirement package from P&G, just in case anyone wondered why. I finally got to talk to a real person who answered my question, but the answer was not in my favor. After hanging up, I got an immediate call back stating that my interpretation was correct, but I needed to do a phone interview to resolve the confusion. That would be on March 8 the soonest date. Somewhat good news. A mixed blessing, but more delays and more of my time. I needed to estimate my income for 2013. I was tired of dealing with this stuff.
I noticed that there was a report of Hermit Thrush at Kelly Nature Preserve. So I drove there. It is about 15 minutes from my house. Found the Hermit Thrush. Number 134. No questions asked. No issues.