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The rewards of courtesy [20110815|09:59]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Dear Freecyclers,

I typically don't give my free stuff to the first person who asks for it. This is why. The first message I receive usually looks like this:

"do u still haev [thing x] i can pick up anytime"

whereas the fifth or sixth message I receive often looks like this:

"Hi [personal profile] nanila,
If you still have [thing x], please may I have it? Here is a very good reason why I need/desire [thing x]. I can pick up [thing x] in the evenings, and my mobile number is included.
Thank you,
Freecycler Who Wins [thing x]"

Can you spot the difference? If you can't, you probably aren't getting my free stuff.


(I may be a little grumpy because the following scene awoke me this morning. It is about ten minutes before the alarm goes off, and my brain is beginning to bestir itself from dreamland. I am faintly conscious that Telstar has jumped on the bed. I am not aware that the toes of my right foot are just poking out from the end of the duvet.

"Don't do it, Telly," the bloke, who is already awake, says.

Telstar looks at him with a devilish expression, looks at my toes, and pounces. Chomp go his teeth. Howl goes the [personal profile] nanila.)

[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-08-15 13:56 (UTC)
How often are the toes sticking out from under the covers? You HAVE to take the pounce!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-16 22:34 (UTC)
Fairly frequently. And he always does. But it's usually the bloke's toes, not mine!
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-08-15 15:52 (UTC)
Aside from the pain to you part, the Telstar story is awesome. When I first got Gideon as a kitten, I warned Jim to protect his toes. "No way he can fit that whole thing in his mouth..." were the last words Jim uttered before Gideon disproved his statement.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-16 22:35 (UTC)
He clearly forgot the cat's reptilian ability to unhinge its jaws if something suitably tasty and/or wiggly is around.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2011-08-15 21:30 (UTC)
When I got rid of an old bedframe the first email was from a woman who stages houses for a living. The fifth email was from a woman who wanted to get her kid's mattress off the floor.

Guess who got the bedframe.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-16 22:38 (UTC)
Fitting out houses: Not in the spirit of Freecycle!
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2011-08-16 23:20 (UTC)
Also what kind of a pathetic-ass house stager do you have to be if you're staging houses using grad students' castoff Ikea furniture? Also, I'm not in the habit of supporting strangers' for-profit enterprises with my donations of free stuff.
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