As to the aforementioned tie, I was supposed to sell the Ben to the kid's mom but I'll just donate it.
I am so weak.
Ideas for May NPC.
MoL is taking this May off, and I volunteered to try and run it (and run it a little differently). Hopefully I'll be able to hand it back to him come June and he'll be able to integrate some of the experimental ideas of my May NPC into his normal thing.
I was thinking of having the May NPC run from May 2nd, 11:59PM to May 28, 11:59PM. This gives those of us (myself included) that participated this month to buy the stuff that we need to buy before the may NPC starts.
The new rules I'm thinking of
*All violations of the NPC should be reported, and a dollar for dollar donation should be made to one of the following: Wikipedia Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Children in Need, and Oxfam (all accept Paypal with no minimum donation). So Digmenow, you'd just make a donation of the amount you spent thrifting to one of those charities, and you'd be square with the NPC.
*Throughout the month, we post all items we were tempted to buy. On the 27th, we reassess our temptation list, determine what it is we really want (eliminating what would have been an impulse buy) and then on the 29th.....we purchase.
I'm hoping FidelCashFlow pops up sometime soon so he can get in on this. Dude has seniority over me.
It seems like most people are breaking when they find good deals at thrift stores...so the donations to charity only would probably amount to less than 50 bucks (Dig, what was your total?). If they don't make the donation, they don't get to complete the NPC with full honors, though they can still compete via some other penance. So someone who purchases a 30 dollar Drakes they find at a thrift store and donates 30 bucks to the Wikipedia Foundation will be held in the same standing as someone who purchases nothing the entire month. Would this still lead to the same problem, you think?
I'll start the thread later this evening.
Well, it'll be an experiment. I don't think the good people of NPC are AA level addicts...I could be wrong though. I suppose May might tell.
It's definitely in a different spirit; to extend the comparison, it would be like being substance free for 28 days of the month with the intent on having one weekend of wild binge drinking/smoking/snorting/injecting/loitering/littering/trespassing/busking. I suppose in my mind, NPC is ultimately about self-control. This can be channeled into abstention or into spending wisely (unwise spending being more of a problem then uncontrollable spending around here, it seems). The list of temptations followed by purchases is really to test if the latter is workable. If shit hits the fan (as it did back in October), we'll probably have a good understanding of why.
Still, given how slow the forum has been of late, I wonder (and worry about) how robust recruitment will be.