Coming right on the heels of my Man, my life is gonna suck fir a month trhead, I ask this…am i being foolishly generous.
We’re moving. From Bavaria to Fort Bragg. My wife has even found a decent house online that she wants to rent that is close enough to bragg that I could theoritcially (depending on where my unit is) ride a bike to work. And it looks nice from thepictures, perfect for what we both want.
But we have A LOT of stuff. Not being super greedy we’re gibving a lot of things away. I had a five disk DVD player…it was practically new. But it had a few issues. Sometimes it would just simply not work, sometimes it would. I got frustrated with it and put it away. Yes, I should have greturned it, but i couldn’t find the reciept. AAFES probably would have accepted it anyway, against the rules. (They tend to knuckle under if you make an ass out of yourself, but i don’t like to do that) So I asked my german coworker if he wanted it. Its dual voltage, I’m probably NEVER going to use it again, so I gave it to him. His only cost? Buy me a brewski at my going away thing.
So I have a lot of stuff I’m giving away. I have another 5 disk panasonic player that won’t open. It can probably be repaired and one of my french coworkers fixes things like that. I told him he can have it. He was shocked. I have a 200 disk CD player that I have not used for at least 7 years. I’m giving it to SGT B since he loves to play music and DJ. For Free. I’m even giving SGT B my gas grill because really, I don’t want to clean it for shipping and I got it cheap anyway. I have unused keyboards, mice, and various components for PCs that I;m giving to people. We’re giving our patio furniture to another friend.
You might ask why am I not charging a little bit for this stuff? Because we’ve had our enjoyment out of these things. They’re used and some may not last too long. So Instead of try to scrape some insignifacant amount of money out of them the wife and I decided to give them to our friends here before we leave. And the things no one wants we’ll donate to the"lending closet"…you know, where they let new people borrow a few items until their stuff gets here. They were shocked that I didn’t want any cash for the transformers I gave them. (not robots in disguise but transformers you need to run 110 electrical items in a 220 environment) I even shpped an older HP PC to a person in the states that know that couldn’t afford one for their diaughter. It ain’t great, its about 3 years old, but it does work and it is a good PC for homework. I refused to accept any payment for it.
I’m not rich. But I have everything I need, and I know whats its like when you don’t anything. I’ve been there. So I don’t really feel any second questions like “sjhould I ask for some money, even a small amount for giving this away?”. Why should I? In my mknd, I’m helping out a few people that can’t afford to blow a paycheck on some of these items. I’m not going to use them anyway and at least for now at my current standard of living I can afford to buy things I might need. Am I being too nice?