And Why Didn’t I Remember My Exciting Adventure in Annie’s Pub?
By Jeff Salter
This’ll be a long ride (from 2015), so hang on!
I was frantically pulling together my tax material (from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. almost non-stop) yesterday, so I could tote it over to my wonderful CPA.
Ran out of time and couldn’t go thru all the credit card statements… until today.
Found a payment for $29.97 on Feb. 12 to “Annie’s Pub“.
“Well,” I said to myself, “I wonder if I had a good time at Annie’s Pub?”
Of course, I had no recollection whatsoever of either Annie or her Pub. But I began stressing about that $30 and wondered what I had to show for it.
There was an 800 number listed on the statement, so I calculated how I could phrase my question if I managed to get Annie on the phone.
“Annie, can you tell me what I spent $30 on, when I was with you in February?”
No, too direct.
“Annie, can you tell me what product or service you provide?”
No, too vague.
So I decided not to call Annie until I had a witness (in 2015, Denise was honky-tonking in Pigeon Forge).
Then I got to thinking…
“Annie, Annie. Annie… who do I know named Annie?”
Then through a series of mental gymnastics, it came to me!
Annie runs a subscription service!
No, not that kind of subscription.
This is for a magazine called “Good Old Days” — quite good, BTW. Lots of articles about the generation before mine, and (of course) my own generation. How different things were in those days, etc.
It will take another complete post to explain why I had to call Annie in February, and how she suckered me into adding three more years to my subscription… when it was already extended through mid 2017.
But I wanted to let y’all know that Annie’s Pub is “legit”.
Annie’s Pub is an abbreviation of Annie’s Publications. Go figure.
So I called Annie back today and asked her not to keep sending me renewal notices when I already have a subscription through June 2020.
She said she’d take me off the list.
I said, “I want to keep getting the magazine… just stop sending me “reminders” to renew, like the subscription is about to run out.”
“Okay, I’ll take you off the list,” replied Annie.
“But you will keep sending my magazine, right?”
Heavy sigh from Annie.
Have you ever seen something on a credit bill that totally threw you?
[JLS # 482]