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“Well, he’s out of surgery and is doing great.” The news hit Alyssa’s ears like a thousand trumpets from heaven.  She was so worried about Steven after he’d fell off the ladder, his arm bent up in ways she couldn’t stomach to think about.

“Oh my gosh. Thank you doctor! I was so worried.” Tears of joy began to stream down her face. She had thought for sure he might have been a goner.  And it was her fault. She had pestered and screamed at him to get up there and clean the gutters. Steve protested numerous times, saying he wasn’t fond of heights and maybe they should call in professionals.

The doctor looked at her inquisitively, not sure of what to make of her scrunched up face as she reminisced about the argument earlier in the day.

“Anyways-,” he continued, “He is awake and as I said the surgery went well. He should be right as rain in a few months with some rehab.”

“Awesome!” Alyssa couldn’t help but jump up and down.

“Yeah, I mean he’s happy and awake. For a guy who just lost his arm he’s-” Before the doctor could finish, Alyssa immediately lost her smile, a face of anger boiling up. Read more

Free Trials – NOT so Free

I had (finally) gotten around to sitting down for what was sure to be an hour long session of bank reconciliations. I  had my highlighter, my calculator and a high dose of caffeine readily available. After carefully putting my statements in order, I began my line by line perusal only to notice a recurring payment that I had no earthly recollection of authorizing.  I, semi-frantically, went through each statement.  Sure enough, there it was on every one.

$74.95 for three months straight. What the…? Read more