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Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Full-Service Insurance Agent

[The following is a conversation I had this morning with my insurance agent]

Me: Good morning Matti, It's David Bogner. Do you have a couple of minutes?

Matti: Of course!

Me: Great, I want to arrange medical travel insurance for my two older kids for their trip to the U.S..

Matti: No problem… basic medical coverage with hospitalization (G-d forbid) like last time?

Me: Yup, that'll be fine.

Matti: OK, how long will they be out of the country?

Me: Just over three weeks… let's call it 25 days total, OK?

Matti: All right… and when will they be leaving?

Me [trying to sound casual]: Hmmm, let me think… I'm pretty sure they should be in Rome waiting for their connection to New York right about now.

Matti [after a pregnant pause]: Okaaaaay, I'm assuming you want me to fax the policy information to your office instead of dropping it off at your house so Zahava doesn't find out you forgot to arrange the kid's travel insurance.

Me: No, that's OK… you can drop it off at the house on your way home. She already knows.

Matti: Oh, too bad. If you need a place to stay tonight let me know.

Me: Thanks.

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And the reason that all is well may have to do with a certain driver's license? ;)

Posted by: Safranit | Jul 20, 2008 11:01:50 AM

See, that's really FULL service, because it comes with the benefit of the doubt. He guessed the *real* situation, and didn't suspect some sort of backdating to cover a medical situation that already occurred.

I'd say he's a keeper.

(May they have an uneventful, safe, and successful trip and return.)

Posted by: Juggling Frogs | Jul 20, 2008 12:55:38 PM

Parallel universe....I just got off the phone with the insurance people. The boys and I are leaving late Tuesday, early Wed., and will be stopping through Rome! Hope we all arrive with our luggage...

Posted by: EmahS | Jul 20, 2008 2:21:28 PM

Some things never change, huh, Dave?!!!

Well, apparently your wife has... she's probably not surprised anymore when you tell her these things!

Can't wait to see the kids!

Posted by: Val | Jul 20, 2008 3:49:43 PM

Cool. More material for a sitcom I am writing called "The Treppenwitz Files." ;)

Posted by: Jack | Jul 20, 2008 8:28:38 PM

Gotta love life in Israel!

Posted by: triLcat | Jul 20, 2008 8:30:16 PM

I just went down to the Macabbi office where I picked up a month of medical insurance + hospitalization + luggage insurance for a whopping 85 shekel for my daughter's month away. She's back now and Thank G-d the money was just a donation. The low cost did not quite make up for all the shopping she did. :-)

Posted by: Baila | Jul 20, 2008 8:58:30 PM

Please tell Zahava this is very remiss of her. I would NEVER trust Bish with something that important.

Posted by: Imshin | Jul 20, 2008 10:45:23 PM

i guess they have different rules in israel. a few years ago my son was sick in israel. i took him to terem and was a little shocked when they told me what the visit would cost. i told the receptionist to wait and called my credit cards to buy traveler's insurance. None of them would let me buy it, because i had already left the country

Posted by: Lion of ZIon | Jul 21, 2008 10:21:49 AM

LOL

(and that's a rare comment from moi) ;o/

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jul 21, 2008 7:39:07 PM

still laughing!! Thank goodness my travel insurance thru work is in force 24/7 all year round for the whole family! Or we'd be in real trouble!

Posted by: nrg | Jul 22, 2008 10:39:16 AM

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