Friday, March 14, 2008

Stevie Joe's Breakfast Woes

The Holler is sinking its way on out of winter.  Snow has given way to mud.  The county roads are all busted up from the frost heaves and thaws.  There is just a touch of that organic smell of spring in the air.  Not quite winter yet not quite spring.  Instead, tension has settled in town.

You can cut it with a Stihl chainsaw.  See, there is a feud brewing between Junior and Dickie Jensen, and it has made the morning gossip sessions at the Junebug Cafe and Internet Lounge downright uncomfortable.  When Junior called the ambulance to get Dickie Jensen's nekkid behind out of his bed, he didn't realize that he was going to be charged for the service.

If the EMTs had simply removed Dickie, that would have been bad enough.  However, they went and took him to the hospital where the docs looked him over.  How they could have examined Dickie Jensen and decided he was good to go is beyond me, but home is where they sent him.  Maybe, they just wanted to get rid of him.  I know the feeling.

Of course, Dickie had tried to refuse transport and treatment, which is his right.  The problem was that the EMTs have to be assured that a patient is competent to make such a refusal.  In Dickie's case, such a judgement is questionable on a good day.  A nekkid Dickie just ain't gonna convince anyone.

So, there is a $650 bill to be reckoned with.  Of course, Junior and Dickie disagree about who should pay.  And then there is the matter of who could pay a $650 bill.  Meanwhile, the rest of us have to put up with all this nonsense, and it's making my breakfasts a bit less enjoyable than usual.

Always something interesting going on here,
Stevie Joe Parker

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