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Having To Take Fish Antibiotics Because There Is No Health Care In Dickinson, North Dakota

About two weeks ago I wrote a blog post article about how I became sick with the flu in Dickinson, North Dakota.  Later, I became more and more sick, and then my flu turned into pneumonia.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or chemicals.  If not treated, pneumonia can be fatal.

I have lived in Dickinson, North Dakota for about seven years now, and there is no health care in Dickinson, North Dakota.  In the past when I became sick in Dickinson, I looked in the phone book for general family practice or specialty practice physicians in Dickinson, and when I called I was told the next available appointment was several weeks out.

When I discovered a carcinoma, a quickly spreading type of skin cancer on my back about a year ago, I found that there are no dermatologists in Dickinson.  When I called dermatologist offices in the state capital of Bismarck, I was told the next available appointment was six months away.  I had to drive two states away to Idaho in order to see a dermatologist within a week.

When I have gone to the Sanford Health walk-in clinic in Dickinson, the medication that I was prescribed was extremely expensive and not effective at all.  The Sanford Health physicians in Dickinson are “locum tenens”, temporary short-term staff from out-of-state.  The comment was made to me about getting evaluated more thoroughly when I saw my “primary care physician”.  I was thinking, what the fuck, this is all the health care I have or am going to get, what the hell are you talking about “primary care physician”, this is Dickinson, this is all the health care I am going to get.

The Catholics in Dickinson managed to dupe everyone into having an enormous temple monument constructed under the pretense that it was going to be a hospital.  The St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson is an empty shell.  Another part of this sham is that the Catholics use it as a job program for Catholics, hiring Catholics to fill positions that they are not qualified for, have no training in, have no experience in, or are not suited for.  Here, go and read the Google reviews for yourself using this link https://www.google.com/search?q=st.+alexius+hospital+in+dickinson+north+dakota&rlz=1C1AVFC_enUS746US746&oq=st.+&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0j35i39l2j0j69i61l3.4393j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#lrd=0x532622aa671dece1:0x121509f55e2f6d1d,1,,,

Now, when I become very, very sick, I have to decide whether I would rather die, or do I want to go to the St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson and be mistreated, or go to Sanford Health and be given a prescription for Tang orange flavor instant breakfast drink.

Faced with death, as a last resort, I went to a farm & ranch store in Dickinson, and I bought some amoxicillin antibiotic for fish, “Fish Mox”, and I began taking it.

Dickinson is worse than a third-world country.  In South America, Central America, or Mexico, I could have gotten more help and better health care.

How I Became Sick For A Week In Dickinson, North Dakota

Saturday a week ago I went to Menards warehouse store in Dickinson, North Dakota.  On the way into the store, I grabbed a shopping cart because I was expecting to buy more items than I could hold and carry in my hands.

I pushed the shopping cart all around the store, and it turned out that I didn’t buy very much after all.  When I went to one of the check-out lines to pay for what I bought, I used the debit card reader and key pad to pay.

I walked out to my vehicle in the parking lot and I tried to decide where I wanted to go to eat.  I drove to the El Puricutan Mexican restaurant, but it was closed.  I then drove to the King Buffet Chinese restaurant instead.  This led to me becoming sick for more than a week.

It wasn’t the food at the King Buffet restaurant that made me sick, it was all of the things that I had done.  When I went to Menards and handled the shopping cart and the debit card reader, and then later went to the King Buffet and handled the entry door handle and the food serving spoons, I had not washed my hands or used hand-sanitizer before I ate.

So many people go through Menards and the King Buffet restaurant every day, and some of them are sick.  They may be just beginning to get the flu, or just getting over the flu, but covering their own mouth or nose when they cough or sneeze, or using a Kleenex to blow their nose, and then shortly thereafter grabbing a shopping cart handle or an entry door handle, is what spreads the flu.

I noticed thirty years ago, that I could feel perfectly fine while at home, being around very few people.  Then after going to the grocery store and returning home, I would quickly become sicker and sicker.  I had picked up a virus from something that I had touched at the store, like an entry door handle, a shopping cart handle, a check-out line conveyor, or cash bills.

More About Why And How Car Dealerships Might Try To Steal From People In Dickinson, North Dakota

In my previous blog post, I wrote about how Dan Porter Motors’ service department in Dickinson, North Dakota tried to steal money from me by wanting to perform repairs on my vehicle that didn’t need to be done.

I was very angry and upset about what happened.  I had taken two other vehicles that I own to this dealership service department about six times over the past five years, and they never tried to do this to me before.

When I went to Dan Porter Motors on Tuesday, I did see many new people, and the service department seemed very different.  To be honest, before any work was done on my vehicle, I got the impression that this dealership service department had been downgraded.  I got the impression that there must have been a mass firing, a mass quitting, or many employees leaving Dickinson.

When the oil change was completed on my vehicle, the service-writer showed to me what the mechanic said needed to be done to my vehicle:  engine oil pan gasket was leaking oil, engine crank shaft seal was leaking oil, engine oil pressure sensor was leaking oil, transmission pan gasket was leaking transmission fluid, repairs needed totaling $1,137.

The problem was, that I check this vehicle frequently when it is running, and where it is parked in the same spot every day, it doesn’t leak anything, not one drop.  Why would Dan Porter Motors’ service department try to get me to have work performed, that does not need to be done?

I have read and heard from people who work in the automotive industry, that although car dealerships used to make most of their profit from car sales, now they make most of their profit from their service department.  I have also read and heard from the automotive industry, that dealership owners and general managers hold meetings where they tell everyone in the service department:  “When a customer brings a vehicle in for service, this is a good time to find additional work that could be performed.” and “We want to make money, and you want to make money, so you better find work that could be performed so you can keep your job.”

In Dickinson during the oil boom from 2007-2014, the local car dealership service departments were so busy that it was hard to get an appointment sooner than six weeks away.  The local car dealership service departments were so busy with a backlog of repair and maintenance work, that they didn’t need to go looking for additional work to perform.

This is probably why I never experienced a car dealership service department in Dickinson wanting to perform repairs that didn’t need to be done, they had more than enough repair and maintenance work already.

It’s possible that the mechanic who worked on my vehicle this past Tuesday, that he personally may have been over eager to try to make more money, and he wrote-up repairs that didn’t need to be done.  I think that it is more likely that the mechanic wasn’t acting alone, I think that the service-writer was in on this, and that both the mechanic and the service-writer were being pressured by this dealership to find work.

Beyond my belief that I can never trust Dan Porter Motors’ service department again to advise on repairs that actually need to be done soon, I wonder how far they were willing to go to find work?  Was the mechanic about ready to loosen the bolts on my engine oil pan and my transmission fluid pan, to be able to say, “Look at these leaks”?  Was the mechanic about ready to take a screw driver to puncture the engine crank shaft seal on my vehicle?  Did he do these things already to my vehicle?

Going forward, I don’t know exactly how to handle this.  I think that it is not safe to take my vehicle to Dan Porter Motors’ service department again.  But what if it was just a rogue mechanic, who did this on his own, and not part of the business plan of this dealership?  Complaining to the management of this dealership service department, may make it even more unsafe to ever let their mechanics work on my vehicle again.

Is this going to become something that all of the dealership service departments in Dickinson begin doing because business has slowed down?

It looks like my two best options are to take my vehicle to a different car manufacturer dealership service department in Dickinson, or drive to the actual manufacturer dealership service department in Bismarck 100 miles away to get work done.

Here is a short video showing underneath this vehicle while it is running.  I recorded this several times, with the vehicle running, not running, and coming back later after the vehicle had been running, and it all looks the same as this, no leaks at all:

Here is a second short video that I recorded earlier in the day, each video just shows the same thing, no leaks at all:

Very Angry At Car Dealership Service Department In Dickinson, North Dakota

I was very angry at Dan Porter Motors’ service department in Dickinson, North Dakota for attempting to take over $1,000 from me by performing repairs on my vehicle that didn’t need to be done.

When I first wrote this blog post article on Tuesday, I explained what happened to me, but I didn’t want to name this Dickinson car dealership at the time, for several different reasons.  One reason was, that in order to demonstrate very clearly that the repairs this dealership wanted to perform were not needed, I thought that I could show this in a video, and that may be the best time to name this dealership, when I showed video proof that there are no leaks on this vehicle.

A second reason was, I thought that I could have a second talk with this car dealership management and come to an understanding with them, that I am paying dealership prices in order to get the most competent and knowledgeable mechanic to perform repairs and maintenance on my vehicle, to advise me when repairs are needed, but how can I trust them when they are wanting to perform work that I know doesn’t need to be done?

A third reason for not wanting to name this car dealership at the time, was that I was sensing that something was wrong.  I saw many new people at this dealership, it seemed much different, it seemed like something bad had just happened, a mass firing, a mass quitting, a change in behavior of the owner?

In Dickinson, I have been to the Dodge dealer service department about six times, the Ford dealer service department about four times, and the Toyota dealer service department about six times.  At each car dealership service department in Dickinson, the maintenance and repairs were always performed competently, but the prices were pretty high.

In the past seven years of living in Dickinson, I have spent about $1,500 each, at the Dodge dealer, Ford dealer, and Toyota dealer on maintenance and repairs.  I never experienced a blatant attempt to rip me off at a car dealership in Dickinson, until today.  In the past, it was just a high shop rate for work that needed to be done.

In August I bought a very nice, very clean, very good-condition used vehicle for $2,250 from a private seller in Dickinson.  I drive 26,000 miles per year, to and from the industrial site where I work, so I want to have a low-cost, yet reliable vehicle, to get to and from work.

Before I bought this used vehicle, before I even spoke to the seller, I looked at it very closely where it had been parked in the same spot for two weeks, and I saw that this vehicle was not leaking any oil, transmission fluid, or coolant.  When I test drove this vehicle and parked it, left it running, and checked it again, it was not leaking anything at all.

After owning this vehicle for three months, driving it to and from work, putting as much as 700 miles on it per week, and checking where I park it in the same spot every day, it is not leaking oil, transmission fluid, or coolant, not one drop.  After putting 3,000 miles on it, I might have added 1/2 quart of motor oil, which is normal or very good oil consumption for an older, used, high-mileage vehicle.

On Monday, I went to work at 3:00 p.m., and I got home from work seventeen hours later at a little after 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.  I slept for two hours, and then I got up in order to take my vehicle to Dan Porter Motors’ service department for an oil change appointment at 10:15 a.m.

When I arrived at Dan Porter Motors’ service department, there were many new faces at this dealership, including several new-hires as service writers.  I said to the available service-writer, that I was here for a full-service oil change, that I had bought this vehicle a couple of months ago, could they be sure to check the rear differential fluid level, I don’t know when it was checked last.

I never requested a vehicle inspection, I was very happy with this vehicle, I had experienced no problems with it at all.  The service-writer somehow got the impression that I was interested in a vehicle inspection, or that I might have had doubts about this vehicle.  The mechanic “went to town”, and I had no idea that this was going to happen, this dealership had never done this to me before.

About two hours later, this is what the car dealership service-writer presented to me:

“Leaks Everywhere”

  • Engine oil leaking from oil pan gasket, oil leaking from oil pressure sensor, and oil leaking from engine crank shaft seal.  Oil pan gasket repair $487, oil pressure sensor leak repair $96, crank shaft seal leak repair $168.
  • Transmission fluid leaking from pan, leak repair $386.
  • Rear differential service $116.

This is $1,137 in “leak repair”.  I said to the service-writer, you must be mistaken, you must be talking about a different vehicle, my vehicle doesn’t leak anything at all.  I asked to speak to the service department manager, who I had spoken to before in the past about my other two vehicles that I had been bringing here for service and repairs.

I was very angry, but I think that I was able to convey my two main points to the service department manager.  One, I have owned this vehicle for several months, I regularly check where it is parked, and it doesn’t leak one drop of anything.  Two, I only paid $2,250 for this twenty year old, 200K mileage vehicle, why are you trying to tell me that it needs $1,137 in oil leak repairs, it doesn’t leak oil, and it doesn’t use oil.  And, I didn’t ask for a vehicle inspection in the first place.

I telephoned the private seller of this vehicle, whose profession is automobile mechanic, to ask him what he thought.  I told him that I was very happy with this vehicle, I knew that he had replaced the valve cover gasket as this was the only oil leak that he knew of, I never saw that this vehicle leaked anything whatsoever since I bought it.  I read to him the repair estimate from this car dealer service department.  I later made a copy of this repair estimate, and I went over it with the vehicle seller in person.

The vehicle seller was a little shocked at the repair estimate from the Dan Porter Motors that I showed to him, because this vehicle didn’t need these repairs.  Sometimes, either the mechanic or the dealership, takes the initiative to try to come up with repairs that they can perform, that aren’t needed.

On a twenty year old vehicle with 200K miles, there are all kinds of things that you could say needed to be replaced.  You could probably say that the wheel bearings needed to be replaced, the brake calipers needed to be replaced, the drive shaft universal joints should be replaced, the upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced, the radiator needed to be replaced, the shocks and struts needed to be replaced, the catalytic converter needed to be replaced, …. because they are old, show signs of wear, or have play in them, this list is about $4,000 worth of work.  But you have to remember, the whole vehicle is 20 years old, and it only cost $2,250 to begin with, just about everything could be replaced, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced.

When the snow melts in a couple of days, when I drive this vehicle home from work, I am going to park it on a pristine, white concrete driveway and leave it running, and video underneath it while it is parked and running, then turn it off and come back later to video underneath it again, to show that it doesn’t leak a drop of anything.

If this dealership service department is going to make up repairs that don’t need to be done, how can I trust them in the future?  Would they go so far as to break things on my vehicle to cause repairs to be needed?

Here is a short video showing underneath this vehicle when it is running.  I recorded this several times with the vehicle running, not running, and coming back later after it was running, it looked the same as this each time, no leaks anywhere:

Here is a second short video that I recorded earlier in the day, each video just shows the same thing, no leaks at all:

The Intentional And Deliberate Collapse Of Dickinson, North Dakota

I am not writing this blog post solely out of hate, though I do hate many of the people in Dickinson, and I want to see them get what is coming to them, for what they did to me, and to other people.  Even so, I still feel like warning people, especially the ordinary, plain people who are usually the last to know anything.

The people in Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks, the wealthy people, the bankers, the people at the highest level of government in North Dakota, they want to collapse Dickinson, North Dakota for several different reasons.

Everyone outside of western North Dakota is aware of the repeated and continual frauds committed in the Dickinson area:  enormous government funding and donation funding to build the St. Alexius Hospital which is an empty shell and inadequate;  Dickinson State University not-for-profit Foundation receiving investor funding and donations to build Hawks Point Assisted Living and the Biesiot Activities Center, yet not paying and denying liability for construction loans from banks;  $1 million private donation to open the Strom Center For Entrepreneurship and all the money is gone with no accounting for it;  Dickinson State University awarding hundreds of college diplomas to foreign students who never completed the curriculum; Civil Service Commission never once in its history ever siding with a City of Dickinson employee;  methamphetamine addicts running loose and out-of-control in the City of Dickinson.

Everyone outside of western North Dakota is aware of what has been going on in Dickinson, and it has been decided, that one of the ways to handle it, is to make Dickinson as small and inconsequential as possible, to collapse Dickinson.

For instance, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library And Museum being constructed on the DSU campus was an idea that would have increased the enrollment at DSU, increased the importance of DSU, and brought many visitors and money to Dickinson.  The Governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, stepped in and used all of his influence and powers of persuasion with the board of directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library And Museum Foundation to not build in Dickinson.

Another example, the president of DSU, Thomas Mitzel, came up with the idea, that DSU could become a polytechnic campus, providing certificates and degrees for people working in industries in the Dickinson area.  This idea would have been a tremendous boost for DSU and Dickinson.  The oil and gas industries would have gladly provided financial support to DSU for training that prepared people for employment with them.  Students from around the country would have been attracted to DSU for its ability to place graduates in high paying jobs in the oil and gas industry.  Not only did the State of North Dakota not listen to president Thomas Mitzel’s ideas, it cut DSU’s funding in order to show president Mitzel that he needed to leave.

The truth is, that the State of North Dakota does not want DSU to grow and prosper, it wants DSU to go belly-up.  It wants DSU’s enrollment, reputation, and status to decline so much, that there is clear justification to close DSU.  You just watch and wait to see all the ways the State of North Dakota has planned to decrease funding, eliminate programs, discourage administrators and professors, hire ineffective leadership.

As I have written in previous blog posts, the Banks have implemented lending policies so that people can not buy homes in Dickinson.  This will cause homes not to sell, sellers defaulting on their mortgages, and home prices in Dickinson falling drastically.

The intention is, to diminish the size of Dickinson, to collapse Dickinson, to make Dickinson about the same size as Bowman, New England, Belfield, Beach, Killdeer, Richardton, Taylor, Dodge, or Halliday.

With Dickinson being just a small-town gas stop on the interstate, it will merit only minimal funding from the State, and only minimal political influence.  At the same time, whatever oil and gas production that is occurring in western North Dakota, this oil and gas revenue won’t be going to Dickinson with its small population, it can go to fund projects in the more civilized areas of Fargo, Bismarck, Jamestown, and Grand Forks.

So what does this mean to the ordinary, plain people living in Dickinson?  It means that Dickinson is going to get smaller, and smaller, and smaller, to where it eventually looks similar to New England, Bowman, or Belfield.

This is not just due to the oil boom going away, the entire rest of the state, the bankers, the highest level politicians in the State, the Governor, they don’t want State funding to go to this area, and they want the oil and gas revenue money from this area to go elsewhere, not here.

When Dickinson shrinks to a small size, the people in this area become poor, and the property here becomes very cheap, it is certain that the bankers and the wealthy people in the eastern side of the State will buy up the land and mineral rights, and promote drilling and fracking in this area, which is one of their long term plans.  To financially ruin this area, so that they can then plunder this area for its resources.

Working At Menards And Diet, Can Lead To A Nice Tight Ass

I have noticed that many of the women working at Menards in Dickinson, North Dakota have a nice, tight ass, and I want to explain why.

At the beginning of last week, I went to Menards to buy a quart of motor oil and a headband LED light.  When I got ready to leave the store, I went to the first checkout line that was open, which was checkout line #1.

The cashier was a Black lady, who I think was a new-hire.  Standing a few feet away from the cashier, was a rather distinguished looking White woman, about 30-40 years old.  This White woman, I am going to name her “Denise” for the time being.

Denise must have seen me coming, and she tried to not look in my direction, in order to attempt to not have to deal with me.  This was fine with me, as it gave me plenty of time to check her out.

I started with her feet, she was wearing nice ASICS running shoes, which is a sign of good health in women, they can run or might try to run.  Her feet were a good size and not deformed, not webbed, clawed, or hoofed.

She was wearing soft, faded blue jeans that fit her well.  Her jeans weren’t tight, they just fit well.  I could see that she had well-formed and muscular calves, normal knees, and nice quadriceps muscles.  She had long legs, she was about 5′-9″ or 5′-10″.  Her stomach was flat and not bulging.  She was wearing a loose fitting plaid flannel shirt, so I could not tell what her breasts looked like.

Denise had nice arms, shoulders, and neck, she was thin.  She had a pretty face, and long brown hair.  I would say that she was a “9” or a “10” out of ten.  I wondered what she was doing in Dickinson, she didn’t belong here.  I think that she must have been an out-of-town manager come from Bismarck, Fargo, or Minneapolis to do training.

I wanted to say to Denise, “You think that you are being plain and ordinary, but you aren’t fooling anyone.  We can all tell that you are good looking.”

The new-hire cashier scanned and entered my one quart of motor oil as a whole case of motor oil, not one quart, so I had to tell Denise, whoa, wait, hold on, this got scanned wrong.  Denise had to do an override or correction.  I asked her did this just scan wrong?  Denise only gave me the most minimal of answers.

As I was leaving Menards, and thinking about Denise, it just reminded me that many of the women working in Menards have nice, lean, muscular legs, and tight asses.

For one, there is the red-haired return girl, who looks just like Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603).  Another red-haired girl works there who has no title.  Then there are a couple of very tall women who will walk you out to the Lawn & Garden area if you ask where are the pruning saws or where are the paving blocks.  It’s like trying to keep up with a giraffe when walking behind them, they swing their long necks around to look back and see if you are keeping up.

At Menards, they make all of those women stand up, and walk around the store all day on the hard concrete floor.  They don’t get to sit around watching TV all day eating junk food.

If I had a wife or girlfriend that wanted to work at Menards, this would be like the best thing that ever happened.  They would be getting up off of their ass, walking around all day, burning calories, not being able to eat junk food, earning money, getting health insurance, learning about tools and hardware.  This would be much better than a wife or girlfriend going to the gym, plus the Menards people keep an eye on them all day and keep them from getting into trouble.

Dunham’s Sports Has The Wrong Idea About Dickinson, North Dakota

A year and a half ago I began seeing newspaper articles about a sporting goods store called “Dunham’s Sports” intending to open a store in the Prairie Hills Mall in Dickinson, North Dakota.

I didn’t think that this was a very good idea.  I had always had the impression that people in western North Dakota are not very interested in sports, recreation, or physical fitness.  I have lived in this area for about seven years, and I have noticed every day that the people in Dickinson are mostly overweight, they do not care about their appearance or health, most of the people drink and smoke, and many use illegal drugs.

The farmers in this area, they farm, work on farm equipment, work on their vehicles, work on hobby cars, motorcycles, and boats.  Throughout the day they smoke and use tobacco products.  Then they sit down, drink beer, and watch TV.

The workers in this area, the oil field workers and the construction workers, they try to work as many hours as possible per week in order to pay their bills and take care of their families.  They get up at 5:00 a.m. and get home at 7:00 p.m., they eat, and go to bed.  They don’t play sports.

The kids in this area, I have never seen such a lack of tree-fort builders, bicycle riders, ball throwers, ball kickers, and weapons makers.  The kids here mostly stay inside, because it is cold, because they are lazy, and because their parents tell them to.

So what I am saying, is that the people here, who are mostly farmers and blue collar workers, they don’t play sports.  The people here are not health and fitness conscious, they are overweight beer drinkers and smokers.  The kids here are not active, they mostly stay inside.

The Dunham’s Sports has been open in Dickinson for one year now.  I went there once when this store first opened, and though they had a large selection of many types of sporting goods, their prices were not appealing to me.  I was expecting discount prices for some reason, and I was disappointed.

Today I went to Dunham’s Sports for the second time.  They had a very large selection of kayaks, about forty different kayaks.  I bought two kayaks several years ago at Menards, on sale for about $150 each.  WalMart sells kayaks for a little more than this.  Tractor Supply and Shopko sold kayaks for a little more than WalMart.  The kayaks at Dunham’s Sports are nice, but they get into the $300 to $700 price range.

So another thing that I want to point out about Dunham’s Sports, is another way that they don’t understand people in Dickinson, people in Dickinson are cheap.  Myself, and most people in Dickinson, they are very cost conscious.  Even if they can easily afford $300 to $700 for a kayak, they won’t pay this much if they can get one at Menards, WalMart, or Tractor Supply for $200.

Altogether, I don’t know who did the market research on Dickinson for Dunham’s Sports, but somehow I think that they were led to believe that the people in Dickinson were “affluent”, “young”, “professionals”, …… “yuppies”, when Dickinson is the exact opposite of this.  The people in Dickinson are blue-collar trades people who are cheap, and not interested in sports, fitness, or health.