Saturday, November 24, 2012
Congressman Kimble's Food Stamp Challenge - Day 2
Day 2 of the Food Stamp Challenge was even harder than day 1 if that is possible. Again, hunger wasn't the big issue as much as the way other people have begun perceiving me. Also, with the big Notre Dame game tonight, I knew I was going to have to find a way to squeeze beer and chips into the very tight $31.50 food budget.
Breakfast: I was back at East of Java again today for another 12 shot venti vanilla cinnamon white hazelnut mocha with extra caramel and mocha as well as a blueberry scone. I brought my wife and daughter with me as well. As I brought the bill to the cash register, I managed to catch Joe's attention, but he seemed less excited to see me than yesterday. He waved off my credit card again, but today it seemed like a chore or something. Gone was yesterday's smile. Could he sense the desperation that my new status has brought on?
Lunch: I was lucky at lunchtime. I had made an appointment to see a friend of mine with the natural gas industry about legislation allowing fracking on public school property. The proposal sounds like a great way of giving us long sought energy independence while at the same time allowing school children to learn about science. It was your typical 4 martini lunch with a lobster tail thrown in for sustenance and a delightful pumpkin bisque soup.
Dinner: I was feeling pretty good that it was now dinner and I had yet to spend a dollar on food. The temptation was, of course, to splurge. However, I remembered the chips and beer that I wanted for tonight's Notre Dame game. Instead I went to the refrigerator. The chef had made some Beef Wellington before leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday. I followed his instructions and had the tasty pastry with some baby carrots and new potatoes. Of course, I had a few glasses of wine for dinner.
Snack: I spent $20.18 on chips and beer for tonight's Notre Dame game. Mantei Te'Meow and I have been looking forward to this game all week.
Day 2 Total = $20.18
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