Wednesday, August 19, 2009

There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

An economic principal that I often try to ignore- there's no such thing as a free lunch. No matter what it is, there is opportunity cost involved. Last night's adventure in "free food" was not what it seemed. All was fine, I was enjoying reading a little C.S. Lewis when two college aged gentlemen showed up to the parking lot. They explained that they had been to ten or twelve of these opening events for Chick-fil-a. I immediately felt the need to leave in order to associate myself with someone else. They explained that for the events 100 people are let into the event. Then those 100 people must spend the next 24 hours in the Chick-fil-a parking lot. After the 24 hours those 100 people receive the free chick-fil-a prize. No thank you. I did not hesitate in packing up and heading home for a lovely night of sleep in my bed.

My name is Samantha Lewis and the opportunity cost was higher than the reward was worth.

The Quest for Free Chick-fil-a

Oxford is opening a new Chick-fil-a tomorrow morning and the first 100 customers get free Chick-fil-a for a year. So here I am, 12:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, hanging out in the Chick-fil-a parking lot. Is it worth it? Sure. Unless I don't actually get free Chick-fil-a. It turns out that if there are more than 100 people here tomorrow morning then it turns into a raffle. Which means there is truly no value to me being here right now, I could show up at 5:30 a.m. and have the same chances of winning Chick-fil-a. But then, you've got to ask yourself... why not? So I'm going with why not right now. I'm enjoying a nice evening breeze, some good music from my iTunes, the glory of free Internet from the coffee shop next door and the company of some strangers who I believe are just as creeped out by me as I am by them. Seriously, might as well. Plus, I didn't really have anything else going on anyway. I mean, sure, I could be sleeping in my bed right now, but where's the adventure in that? I have a feeling that it's going to be a really great story to share when I talk about the time that I camped out for free chick-fil-a and then didn't get it.
I don't see a power outlet anywhere near by, so I figure I have about an hour and a half to enjoy the Internet and then I will dive into the world of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Not a bad night if you ask me. I'm glad I made the decision to go to camp in order to get a pillow and chair. Also, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be good and hungry for some Chick-fil-a by the time 6:00 a.m. rolls around. I'm already a little hungry.
Also, I have a potential work study job for a group that has their own parking lot on campus that I would be able to park in... fo' free. Fingers crossed my friends, this would be a good deal.

That's about it for now.

My name is Samantha Lewis and I am sitting in the Chick-fil-a parking lot.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This one's for the blogosphere

The August 25th orientation date is quickly approaching. After much waiting and anticipation it is almost time. I think Mr. Joe is ready for the move too. He hasn't said so outright but I can just tell. I am registered for classes, I'm geared up to go, I don't have a place to live but that seems like a minor detail. I'm planning on leaving the 24th and as excited as I am (and I am!) I am also a little bit sad for what I'm leaving behind.
-Camp- where there are so many friends and things to do. The lake, fishing, canoeing, zip line, the athletic field and the stars that seem to fill it at night, Russell, Kelli, Vesper hill, disc golf, silence
-The Blind Pig- where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came, where I can see our troubles are all the same, the porch, the law firm's Internet, the deliciousness, Thursdays, Monday-Wednesday and Friday too.
-OU- hoho, the youth, Sunday night meals, complaining about prayer breakfast, community, listening to J or Claire preach, finding a church home
-J's house-J, Dana, Tyler, poker, West Wing, Arrested Development, Studio 60, education, big mac ceiling fans, the pool, "my door", PS3, great times

I am ready for the next step and I'm ready for the next episode, but there are many, many things that I'm going to miss. Mostly the people.

My name is Samantha Lewis and there are less than 2 weeks before the next episode.