For iftar today, I ate a kit-kat bar and three mini Reeseâ€™s peanut butter cups. But wait, donâ€™t worry, thereâ€™s still more left. I have here at my elbow: one king-sized Snickers bar, two mini Snickers, five mini Reeseâ€™s peanut butter cups, and a pack of Mambos (they taste just like Starbursts). Yes, this is my life as the weird college student whoâ€™s all-too-often stuck inside the computer lab typing up papers while turning down the free iftar (real food!) held at the local masjid down the street. I mean, who in their right mind would make conscious decisions like that?
What I really want right about now is a slice (or two or three) of pizza, and a cold water bottle, but Iâ€™ve just rummaged through my wallet, and considering the fact that I have merely $0.71 in there, thatâ€™s a pretty ambitious goal at the moment. Dammit, I shoulda cashed in my paycheck this morning.
Iâ€™m supposed to be working on a paper. Instead, Iâ€™m contemplating what I consider a brilliant idea (these epiphanies always occur when Iâ€™m supposed to be immersed in academic pursuits, you notice?). In the spirit of interactive weblogging, letâ€™s have a bartering session. Iâ€™ve always been fascinated by the concept of bartering: I give you something, you give me something of comparable value in return. So nice and simple. Itâ€™s still practiced in many parts of the world, you know.
So, letâ€™s trade. Iâ€™ll give you all my candy bars. Iâ€™ll even walk around the corner and down the hall and get you a blue raspberry slurpee, because that I can afford on $0.71. Ooh, I even have some cashews. And a mini-stapler, lots of highlighters, and a couple of legal pads. If yâ€™all are nice, I may even give away my headphones and my beloved TI-83 graphing calculator (dead battery included). But thatâ€™s stretching it. Or not. Depends entirely on you.
In return, what do I get?
Yâ€™all can barter with each other, too.
How â€˜bout it?
[Apologies to all those of you reading this while fasting. I know how you feel, I really do. Iâ€™ll brace myself for hate-mail, but meanwhile join in on the fun, okay?]