Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Beer Run Haul and Unexpected Surprise

Last night I checked my paypal account for the first time in a long time. I got a nice surprise when I saw that someone purchased one of my Financial Spreadsheets from my previous doubling project. After some paypal fees, I netted $3.57. A modest amount, but given I am no longer promoting it and given my current level, this is a huge boost for the morale! I decided to go on another `Beer Run`this morning, but this time I drove part way to work and ran from there. 2K down a country road and 2K back to my car on the other side. I ran down the entire first side and found nothing. The return trip was much more profitable as I found 9 beer bottles (I was smart enough to bring plastic bags this time). To top it off, I found another one on my way home for lunch, so that`s another $1 for the project. Not bad for just doing what you were going to do anyways. I really can`t believe how many beer bottles are in the ditch. Keep em` coming!


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More Beer Bottles

I was so surprised at seeing 6 beer bottles on my run that I decided to scan for beer bottles on my way to work today. I was just as surprised to run into another 5 of them. I had no idea how much litter there is in the ditches. Some people are really disgusting. So now I am 50 cents closer, which is 5% closer to the next level. Not bad for just scanning while you were driving anyways. I think this may become my main means of collecting money at this level. It`s like taking candy from a baby - or at least like taking money from a drunk. And I get the added bonus of happily removing some of the litter in my neighborhood. I thought about driving around looking specifically for beer bottles, but since I charge the project 10c per kilometer, I would have to find more than 1 bottle every kilometer to make it worth it. For now I will focus on my long runs and when I`m driving around anyways. I used to obsess over finding money on the ground and now I can feel it - I am going to be dreaming about beer bottles. I almost feel young again.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Beer Run!

I have been training for a 10K race and I have hit the 6K mark - long enough to incorporate some country roads into my run. I did just that today and was struck by how much garbage was in the ditches. Then I saw a beer bottle. First I ran by it and then I thought, "Am I really going to ignore that nickle for Charity?" I ran back and got it. Then I saw another and another... In all I saw 6 beer bottles on my run, but I was only able to carry four of them. Maybe next run I will pick up the other two, or perhaps run down a different country road hoping for another jackpot. Also found 2 pennies at the mall, so 42 cents up for the project. Not much, but at least I am headed in the right direction this time.


Sunday, March 21, 2010


Well, poker caught up with me again last night. I bet 20% of my stake in the first game, which was $2.88. No real chances presented itself and I basically folded until I was push/fold and ran into a good hand. Sucky! The next game, I bet 20% of what I had left, which came to $2.30. This game went much better with me in significantly more pots and a big stack early. I made a lousy call with A7s and ran into a better Ace. After that I was pretty much done and that was that. So the project lost $5.18 last night. Oh well, you can't win them all. My wife managed to win the first game, which made our family even for the night. Too bad that doesn't help the doubling project.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Finally completed donation and bought a treat for me!

Well I looked and looked and looked again for somewhere to donate 26 cents to the hearing impaired. Why doesn't that lady come back? I denied her a dime, but there's a quarter and a penny with her name on it. I finally gave up and gave the 'blind dog' the money. He was very appreciative. I also realized that I never bought anything for myself so far, which meant I could buy something for exactly 50 cents. It's actually difficult to find something that cheap now a days. I could have waited a few more weeks for garage sale season to see if I could find anything, but I opted instead for the gum ball machine. Actually it was a jelly bean machine. You sure get a lot of jelly beans for 50 cents. I feel like I won a stomach ache LOL. It had been a very long time since I had any jelly beans so it was a treat indeed. It was nice to enjoy the fruits of my doubling labors. There is a poker game tonight, so I will be betting 20% of my stake. The first game I get to bet $2.88. Wish me luck.