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It was free!

July 27th, 2012 at 07:36 am

The glass of wine, that is. The boss paid for the first round, and I had one round. Which was quite enough. I walked to the bar and back, and on the walk back I had a little buzz -- on one glass of wine! Not much of a drinker.

So I still have $20.

I should really get an oil change before I travel to Minneapolis, and it would make the most sense to do it on Saturday. But that would mess up my challenge. I could do it Wednesday morning just before I leave, but you never know how much time it will take. Maybe I should make an early Wednesday morning appointment. The drive is only 6-7 hours; I could still get there at a reasonable time.

I looked into parking up there yesterday. Looks like it's $23 for valet parking and $13 to park at a nearby lot. I'm assuming that's per day. Naturally, I'm going to go with the lot, assuming I can find it.

Just did another Pine Cone survey, so I can look forward to another $3. Does anyone ever hear of a winner of the $500 drawing? The statement about it is always there when I finish, but I never hear about a winner.

I finally got my $83 deposit back from the antique dealer. That will go into savings.

I also got a small bill - $21 - for my physical therapy. I don't count doctor bills in my challenge, and I'm going to call that a doctor bill!

9 Responses to “It was free!”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like one round was sufficient. Not sure I would do any better with one glass since I'm not a drinker either.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    You're coming to Minneapolis? When and what for?

  3. My English Castle Says:

    You're a fast driver if you can make it in six hours! I can just barely make it from MKE in six hours--without a stop at the Norske Nook!

  4. North Georgia Gal Says:

    Way to go on a free evening! One glass sounds to be just enough for you!

  5. snafu Says:

    The best thing you can do to extend the life of your car is to change the oil. Can it be done on lunch hour? on the way home? Phone for the last appointment of the day? Takes under 30 minutes at a Quick Lube type!

    If you have the name of the parking lot or cross streets...print a map for yourself MapQuest from on-line. you don't want to be driving lost in an unfamiliar city.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Ceejay -- I'm coming for a conference downtown at the Hilton, August 1-3. It will be my first visit to Minneapolis since my college days. I thought about suggesting a meetup but my free time is already booked solid. I see a lot of old friends at these things.

    English Castle -- I may have misread or misremembered what Mapquest said. I thought the trip was calculated to be between six and seven hours. I don't drive fast; I'm a little on the slow side on the highway!

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Oh, how cool! Have fun in my beloved adopted city. Smile I work in downtown, so if you need restaurant recommendations, or if your lunch plans fall through and you want to meet up, just let me know.

    I remember Mpls-->Chicago being about 6 hours in theory, a bit longer when you factored in Chicago traffic (which seems to be there day or night).

  8. My English Castle Says:

    Careful of our state highway patrol; you know they've love IL plates! I'd allow myself at least 7-7 1/2 w/o stops. I know that stretch of I94 a little too well after almost 20 years going back and forth. Enjoy Minneapolis! I'll be there the following weekend.

  9. LiveFree Says:

    You've been doing a great job of keeping to your monthly spending limit....congratulations!

    I too, have wondered about the Pine Cone drawing. I may try to find out about it. They really should post it somewhere.

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