|Ok. I got $100 cash for x-mas.||look271|
Dec 23, 2002 7:05 AM
|What should I spend it on?|
Dec 23, 2002 7:17 AM
|actually it is a tough call: too little for new bike and too much for little stuff, you'll get answers all over the board|
|re: Ok. I got $100 cash for x-mas.||jromack|
Dec 23, 2002 7:18 AM
|Perhaps a homeless shelter?
Buy some food and donate it to a shelter. Spend a day working there. You'll feel real good inside.
I spend a lot of my free time working at Habitat for Humanity. It's cool working side-by-side with the actual recipients of the house.
Plus this way, there is no CEO skimming off part of your charitable contribution!
Dec 23, 2002 7:32 AM
|during the holidays, many churches also provide meals for the underprivledged....check with your local parishes.
Spending thanksgiving day or chrismas morning with homeless/needy families is remarkable. Being able to hand a fatherless family of three 100 dollars in toys would be priceless.
If you really enjoy bicycling, share your joy.. you could purchase two childress huffy's with 100 bucks.
Dec 23, 2002 8:06 AM
|You are all right. However, my kids are more important to me than someone elses. That said, donating the kid's bikes and/or toys is an excellent suggestion! Thanks.|
|You inspired me...thanks||PaulCL|
Dec 23, 2002 10:19 AM
|Santa is giving my son a new bike for Christmas. This thread reminded me to give his old bike away BEFORE Christmas. Thanks. I'll head home early and drop it off at a local charity.
My wife and I already gathered 15 (yes, 15)plastic garbage bags full of stuffed animals, old toys, kids' clothes, etc...to give away. Just a thought. Everyone has stuff they dont' use or don't wear anymore, so give it away now while the need is highest. My wife's rule of thumb for clothes: if you haven't worn it in two years, you'll never wear it so give it away!
Merry Christmas. Paul
Dec 23, 2002 11:04 AM
|very charitible of you...
Your wife is right on... Our House operates as a restriced LIFO; Whenever something new is brought into the house, something simliar has to go (New shirt means an old artical of clothing is scrapped (donated, new rag, whatever). Likewise, If we buy a new (say) dresser, the old end table goes to SA.
Keeps the house from becoming cluttered, makes you appreciate what you have, all while helping the less fortunate.
|YEAH, BUT||Woof the dog|
Dec 23, 2002 11:16 PM
|Surely it is not like that with bike parts?!!??!!!! Be fair to yourself and make sure that when that new bike comes in, that 2 year old Pinarello will have to go to charity... yes full dura ace and hed wheels. Let the homeless roam the streets on the most expensive equipment in the world. LOL.
Man! Your house must be full of trash if you have a thing in thing out rule. What about valuables? Or money? So when those new dollar bills come in, the old ones go to charity? Personally, everything I keep I keep for a reason. I don't have shirts that suck, for example.
You gotta be an idiot not to stash those bike parts for a new project a few years down the road. That said, your stupid rule about thing in-thing out is null. Why not enjoy materialism to a slightly larger degree? Yeah, thats right, to hell with those damn poor families. They only make us feel guilty.
Woof the dog.
|differences in life philosophy||Steve_0|
Dec 24, 2002 4:06 AM
|I havent had a new bike in several decades. My 'spare parts' consists of 4 spare wheels, which are changed almost daily depending on the riding I'm doing. Pinarello? I've better things to do with my cash...my bike is an old Raleigh.
Full of trash...just the opposite. EVERYTHING in my home has function or meaning. I dont own $hit for the sake of owning it.
Sorry my rule is 'stupid' for you; it works for us. Why 'enjoy' materialism if I enjoy minimalism? I enjoy life through helping others, not by buying happiness. My philosophy is soley intended to make me happy; not to make others feel guilty.
Peace; enjoy the holidays.
|differences in life philosophy||Woof the dog|
Dec 24, 2002 10:09 PM
|Come on Steve, I was just pulling a chain. A dog does need its fun sometimes.
I think your way of living is a better one than most people's these days. I totally dig the idea, although sometimes i do save them bikeparts i don't need.
Merry Christmas to u and your family!
Woof the dog.
|buy a hooker and some beer, make her wear a santa/elf hat||wheelsucker|
Dec 23, 2002 1:54 PM