Sunday, March 4, 2012

All Good Stories Deserve A Punchline

As you may recall (since I know you commit all my blog entries to memory) a month ago I donated blood, fainted in the parking lot, and ended up in the hospital emergency room. For further details (mostly about the tragedy of not eating the big donut), you may return to the original, highly dramatic entry on the subject.

Yesterday in my mail, I found the bill from the emergency room, for $250.00. You wanna know what I got for my $250.00? A chicken salad sandwich and a blood pressure reading. Oh, and the thrill of knowing that for one brief shining moment, I was a Code Blue.

Now my friends took me out to Sunday brunch, and I backed my car into a concrete planter, and it cost $325.00 in repairs, but at least that was my own doing, and next time I'll be more careful.

But all I did to deserve this wretched miserable $250.00 emergency room bill was donate blood, and not put up a fight while I was lying on the pavement being told I should go to the emergency room, even though I knew all that had happened was I gave blood and fainted.

Le sigh, le sigh, le sigh. Here I am, trying to relearn how to live on a budget (and the ever rising cost of gas isn't helping out one bit), and in the course of a month, I end up with $575.00 worth of bills for eating out and being a good citizen.

I think from now on I'll stick to staying home and eating my own chicken salad sandwiches!


Bonnie Jacobs said...

Have you ever heard the saying that "no good deed goes unpunished"? I think that applies here. Unfortunately.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Bonnie Jacobs-

Well, I'm never going to worry about good deeds being punished again, because I'm never ever going to do another good deed.

Except for cleaning Scooter's litter, which is at least as much a good deed to myself as it is to him!

Anonymous said...


I know this has nothing to do with chicken salad sandwiches but I was just wondering if there is going to be a fourth moon book. I read somewhere you wrote one but decided not to publish it.

Please help me to understand because I am a
H U G E fan!!!!


Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello Danielle-

In my world, everything has to do with chicken salad sandwiches, so your question fits right in, as far as I'm concerned.

I wrote a fourth moon book, but my publisher didn't like it. So I tried a different approach, and my publisher didn't like that either.

Sometimes things work, and sometimes they don't. And this was one of those don't times!

Anonymous said...

That's not fair, but I do appreciate your humor about it. JulieB

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello JulieB-

Sadly, much in life is not fair!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Pfeffer, I just read your books for the second time all three, and I'm no teen I'm 46 and the monther of five- tell your publisher we want the fourth book regardless - you are THAT good of a writer--Good luck--and of course I would love to see another book--Julie Robinson

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello Julie Robinson and thank you for your comment.

I always love hearing from grownups who like my books, because it makes me feel so... grown up!