Tuesday’s Roast Beef


So my husband buys some roast beef a the grocery store Monday. The clerk says, “Oh, we better take a few slices off or the price will be $6.66.” My husband laughed and told her that he wasn’t superstitious.

But I am. The lunch meat is for me, and as silly as it sounds, I haven’t been able to eat it. It’s just numbers. I know that, but I’ve always been this way.

The kids and I were at a candle store once the price for some votives added up to $6.66. I added something to my purchase, but when I got home I still didn’t want to use the stupid candles. I ended up giving them all to a friend. (She’s fine, her house didn’t burn down but I felt guilty for almost a year afterward.)

I know how stupid it sounds but there it is. It’s something that’s been ingrained in me from the time I heard my first scary story about the devil. The same with touching my belly button when I see a hearse. I’ve stopped holding my breath over bridges. I’m old, and I pass out easy. Same with holding my feet up when going over a railroad track. (That’s dangerous if you’re driving.) I gave up all of those, but I can’t seem to get past the $6.66 thing. ;-)

SO please, tell me you do something silly too. Some weird superstition about black cats or ladders. Oh, and if you want some roast beef, just let me know. ;-)


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

5 responses »

  1. Hmm my husband holds his breath over bridges, he did that a lot in our cross country trip, especially near the Great Lakes and in upstate New York.

    I’m not afraid of the devil, I don’t belive in Satan.

    But I do get wierd about a couple of things- I don’t move old brooms or mops to a new house (leave the old dirt behind) and my magical broom I keep bristles up. Keeps the magic in it for when I need it. Is that superstitious? I am a witch, after all.

    BTW- LOVED A. Lee Martinez’s A Nameless Witch, I just got it this week and finished it today. What a breath of fresh air, a charming story (heh heh) and really creative. Think I’ll go review his book on Amazon or something later when I order more books.

  2. When I lived in Spain it was not Friday the 13th that was a problem, it was Saturday the 14th. Seriously! After that, and thinking it was interesting that they would always be at the same weekend, I thought perhaps it is worth embracing certain things, but in combination just in case. So I married on the 13th, but on a Wednesday (Wed is there for a reason) and in a red dress (Chinese custom). So maybe combine in something good.

    I don’t think I would have noticed the price. Or feed the homeless and go buy some turkey breast.

  3. I don’t like my charges adding up to triple six,I avoid driving behind cars with it on the liscence plate.

    I avoid cracks when I’m walking too. :)

    Hugs, Danette

  4. I used to do lots of weird things, but I can’t think of anything I do now. I used to throw coins on my pet’s grave. I used to think he was sending me a message when I saw large flocks of birds. I used to sort my money by the letter on it (and prefered certain letters to others… I think “J”).

    And now? Occationally I like all of my bills facing the same way, but that’s about it.


  5. hello

    National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had funded a project with the US auto makers for the past five years. The NTSB covertly funded a project whereby the auto makers were installing black boxes in four wheel drive pickup trucks in an effort to determine, in fatal accidents, the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.

    They were surprised to find in 49 of the 50 states the last words of drivers in 61.2% of fatal crashes were, “Oh, Shit!”

    Only the state of Texas was different, where 89.3% of the final words were, “Hey Y’all, hold my beer and watch this!”

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