I'm down to a lamp, a futon, and a window shade. The lamp I will ship home in tomorrow's final box while the futon will be dropped at SA on my way out of town. The shade, having quite well fulfilled its $30 IKEA lifespan, will be retired.
Last night I cashed in $63 worth of spare change that I had collected over the last three years. The CoinStar(tm) machine gave me several options including putting my cash on a Starchuck's card or donating the proceeds. I was all set to donate the cash until the machine made it clear that I could not choose the recipient charity nor even find out who the recipient would be. I was like, I think not.
I did follow through with my philanthropic urges by contributing to the California educational system through my purchase of several lottery tickets. Somewhat later, I supported the indigenous economy by going to my local for a pair of pints.
I went to dinner with some local friends; we were supposed to have dinner at thier house. Yesterday afternoon, I realized that I was going to have to work late and told them I would have to eat and run. My friend Patty suggested that we should eat out locally, saving me two hours of travel time. I gratefully accepted and we had dinner at a nice Chinese place just south of the Red Menace. Patty brought me several containers of soup that she had prepared which I will have for dinner tonight.