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Good things come...

Thanks to the miracle of interchangeable parts, my new Macbook Pro that took a swim along with my car is back to 100%. My return to the world of Apple was almost thwarted, but a small screwdriver, a big fan, and the fine folks over at iFixit saved the day. I received an organ donation (well, more like an organ "trade for cash") from a recently deceased Macbook and so far the anti-rejection drugs seem to be working just fine.

My camera, on the other hand, has gone blind. After its faithful service in documenting my life for a couple of years, I've had to take it out back and put it out of its misery. This was one of the best shots I got with it. My Garmin GPS, however, took as much of a float trip as everything else and it's still barking out directions like a champ. Garmin dot com, garmin dot com....

But, I could have lost it all and it wouldn't be that big of a deal because all of this "stuff" was purchased for next to nothing via Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and eBay. I even got a huge steal on the car itself through the ACU community boards. About the only things I buy new are groceries, and even that has not always been completely true because when I was in Alabama I found a great little store near my apartment that sold a lot of older near-expiration food from grocery stores that was still good for ultra-cheap. Also, when I was in Abilene I was part of Abilene Freecycle and scored some pretty good stuff through that, totally free. Even a nice recumbent exercise bike. There is new furniture and a wall-shaking Bose surround system at our campus ministry student center, all for less than $200 total.

I was about to sermonize about money, but I'll spare you. What it comes down to is that it is entirely possible to live a comfortable life on not a lot of money if you are willing to be patient and content with what you have. And not let your money leak out daily on inconsequential things. And good lord, no credit card debt.

Well, I guess I sermonized a little.

My 8 feeds from Craigslist have updated. Better see if there are any hidden gems.


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