Did you know that Coinstar now lets you redeem your coins for Amazon gift certificates with no surcharge? When I found out, R. had to restrain me from getting in my car with the coin jar and driving to the A&P at 11 pm. I was forced to wait until the next day. Now I have $34.66 to spend at Amazon. It reminds me of when I was living in New York and MP gave some money to a guy in Washington Square Park: "Now, I don't want you to spend any of this on food," M. said sternly.
I was in a car accident yesterday, which I did not particularly enjoy, despite the fact that we intend to buy a new car. It was just one more message from God that it's time to get rid of this one: the mysterious oil-eating habit, the hubcap lost in the high peaks of the Adirondacks, the oddly hanging bumper. Basically, it rained super hard all day on everyone's leaf piles, and then a crossing guard walked out into the street with her little STOP sign and I stopped. But it took me a really long time to stop. And then it took the van behind me even longer. Neither of us entered the crosswalk, so that was good. Then a guy in a pickup going the other way stopped to give the crossing guard some choice words, which I appreciated. "I wasn't stopping them," she protested, "I was trying to stop this lane." I explained to her (with cordiality surprising to myself, but I was not actually present in my body at the time) that when someone walks out into traffic, I generally stop regardless of what lane either of us is in.