End result: NO lives saved. Four Oreos eaten.
|from Ventnor Blog|
Last night, I went to a bar called Sweet Afton to meet some Astorians I had never met before through Meetup.com. It was a lot of fun. I really like Meetup. As a general rule, you aren't the only person who doesn't know anyone there, so it's all good. They are famous for their Mac & Cheese, but I had the grilled cheese with carmelized onions instead, because the M&C was much too cheesy. It was a win of a night. In addition, it started early enough that I got to my laundromat before it closed and picked up my laundry.
Today, I went to give a very small amount of blood to a researcher who is researching something or other. They actually called me to request that I come in because I had given up some of the red stuff for a different researcher at their institution earlier this year. They made the mistake of not asking me any of the screening questions until I got there though, and since the thing that they are researching has to do with inflammation, and I was there as a healthy volunteer, the medication I take to manage my Crohn's disqualified me. No $20 for me. Although it amused me greatly to find out that if a minor was participating in this study (with parental permission of course), s/he didn't get $20. S/he got a $20 gift card to Toys R Us.
Right before my surgery, I won a $50 gift certificate from ScoutMob.com last month to go to Hill Country BBQ.
In short, you win some, you lose some.