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Old 02-21-2014, 10:58 PM   #21
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And I am WAY more patient with waiters and waitresses.
When they show up at my table and introduce themselves with their name, I do the same introducing my wife and myself.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:50 PM   #22
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Is this considered a random act of kindness? I gave a good running car to a friend who's car got totaled. He had a young family and couldn't afford a replacement. Selling cars is a hassle, so he did me a favor taking the car. He was floored that anybody would give a car away.

He passed the good act forward by giving that car to somebody else in same situation 4 years later when he was able to save enough for a newer car.
Yeah, that kind of deed can have a chain reaction. When I read some of the posts here, I feel like doing similar things. It can be contagious.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:29 AM   #23
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Agreed. This is why I would wait before passing judgement on those who seem to be "trumpeting", when all they do is sharing their FIRE experience and answering questions posed by other posters. :-) the Internet is a big place, gathering many people with different cultures, upbringing, and backgrounds.

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Yes, it does, I agree. Different families and cultures treat such topics in different ways - - some of us just feel very reluctant to trumpet our own charitable acts and seek public approval for them, because of our upbringing.
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I was the recipient of one. Probably 10 years ago, must have been a vacation day, as it was a work day, but I was dressed in ragged jeans and tee shirt. Passing through the town where Rooster Cogburn says he lost his eye. It's a real place, there were civil wars battles there.

Small town, some that lived there were middle class, some were quite poor. There's a small local grocery store. DW called my cell to remind me to pick up a can of tomato soup for a recepie. I'm in line behind a woman and her young daughter. I quietly took the call and spoke very softly, 'yes honey, I'm buying the can of soup for dinner'. The woman overhears, motions to the daughter, daughter hands me $5.00 and says 'let us buy your dinner!'.

I tried to protest, to no avail. I walked to their car, trying to return the money. She responded 'thank you, someday when you can, do that for someone else who needs it'.

I didn't have the heart to tell her we were FI. Yes that $5.00 has long ago been passed on to someone that needed it. She made my day!
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:55 AM   #25
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When they show up at my table and introduce themselves with their name, I do the same introducing my wife and myself.
I LOVE THAT!! Why didn't I ever think of that!!
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Is this considered a random act of kindness? I gave a good running car to a friend who's car got totaled. He had a young family and couldn't afford a replacement. Selling cars is a hassle, so he did me a favor taking the car. He was floored that anybody would give a car away.

He passed the good act forward by giving that car to somebody else in same situation 4 years later when he was able to save enough for a newer car.
I have given away various electronics and old cars. I request that they also give it away, but I have no enforcement and I know circumstances vary.
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