One of the best pickup lines that I’ve ever gotten (and truly, will ever hope to get) happened to me in the winter of 2007.
I was living in DC and walking to the metro. I was living in a not-yet-gentrified neighborhood, and I was one of only a small handful of white people there. That didn’t make the neighborhood dangerous, but I did attract some attention when I walked to the metro (I guess it could have been my ravishing good looks).
My metro stop (Fort Totten, for those of you in the know, the second place in DC where the red, green and yellow lines all meet up!) was at the end of a dead-end street. On the way to that stop was a big megachurch and a few union buildings (teamsters? pipefitters? IBEW? some profession that works a heck of a lot harder than I do!). In the mornings, if you are a member of the union, you went down to the office to see if there was any work. So, nearly every day, there were people outside.
I walked past that office and nodded to a very large man standing outside.
“Hey, Snowflake,” he said.a snowflake is one-of-a-kind
I grinned. “Hi,” I replied, and kept moving.
He said, “can you call me sometime?”
“No,” I lied, “I’m married.” And that was that.
Until 30 seconds passed and I was a fair distance away.
I heard him call, “Aww, man! I ain’t never had a white girl before!” and it made my day. I chuckled all the way to work, and have retold that story too many times.
And that will forever be my association with snowflake.
HOWEVER! You can snowflake your debt, too. I do this all the time. If I find money, or someone generous gives me money, I deduct that amount from my checking and deposit it in my debt-of-highest concern. I call it nickel and diming my way toward financial freedom, and it seems to work!
Let me give you an example. I had a few Amazon gift cards leftover (because I’m a hoarder). One of my good friends is about to be a mom, so I went on Amazon and bought a present I thought was cool, without even glancing at her wish list (because I’m selfish). I used the Amazon bucks toward it, but then immediately went to my student loan and put the value of the gift toward the loan, since it was money I saved by using a gift card.
I automate everything except my debt-of-highest-concern, and it is rather enjoyable to watch as my small payments add up. It feels silly, I will give you that, but since you won’t miss a couple dollars here or there anyway, it’s nice to put that money to good use.
If you’re looking to reward yourself, Jeffrey at SavingAdvice.com is having a snowflake giveaway!
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