And now, ladies and gentlemen, here is your Final Jeopardy answer:
This RAC, costing only $5.55, counts as both a good deed for the day AND as a meal for the RAC’er.
Your answers, please!
“Texas”….with a dollar sign…interesting, but not correct. Contestant #2, The Edmonton Tourist, wrote:
Although Mrs. White is a bright spot in everyone’s day, she is NOT the correct answer. Our last hope….Contestant #3, SisterMerryHellish writes…
Pizza?!? Although NOT the exact answer we were looking for—judges, am I allowed to?—yes! We can accept pizza as the correct answer! YOU WIN!
SisterMerryHellish, as our reigning champion, you get to pocket the $9.74 you earned this game, which adds to your total—wait, actually—your Round 2 score was negative, so actually, you owe us $42.57….
Also, as winner, you get to hear about Aunt Bethany’s RAC for the day! Aren’t you a lucky bum!
Do not be fooled, gentle audience: RACs can also be beneficial to the person completing them! Acts of kindness can work both ways! Take, for example, my RAC from a few days ago. When I began to make plans for my day, I had scheduled to meet a friend for lunch, something I normally do every week. As soon as the confirmation text left my hand, I knew my RAC would involve my friend…and that it would also involve that cheesy, doughy, marinara-y goodness which is pizza.
I decided to treat my friend to lunch, an act I don’t normally engage in, because, to be quite frank, money’s a bit tight for me (and will be a bit tight for me until I get a Big Girl Job). It’s not that I wouldn’t want to treat friends to lunch every now and then. In fact, I do…every time Haley’s Comet passes by. I’d love to be the kind of person that can just whip out their debit card and say “It’s on me,” and perhaps I should just commit myself to this act more often. But, my only reservations in footing the bill are a product of knowing I need to watch my spending. It’s a concern that I hate worrying about, and hopefully sometime soon, I’ll be gainfully employed, and off of my parents’ insurance…ah, to be independent! Damn my willingness to be a college student for 8 years!!
Anyhoo…my RAC was really not as grand of an idea as it came to be: I merely bought a Little Caesars’ Hot-N-Ready Pepperoni Pizza for us to share, which came to a grand total of $6.95 (with Ranch dip included…spare no expense).
And you know what? Buying someone lunch may just be one of my favorite RACs to accomplish. You not only encounter a pleasantly shocked lunch mate, but you get a chance to enjoy that person’s companionship for at least an hour or two. This only further supports my theory that food may just be the answer to all of the world’s problems. It brings us together, whether we’re aware of it or not. Forget bombs…let’s just drop a massive amount of Big Macs over Afghanistan (certainly not McRibs…that’s just cruel and unusual punishment…read why here).
And…allow this RAC to be a testament to the fact that you can treat someone to lunch at very little cost to yourself. Does it really matter what you dine on if the main purpose of your visit is to enjoy good company with a friend? Suggest a place to eat that won’t require you to sign away your first born child just so you can order an appetizer. Heck, even make the meal yourself, and enjoy the peace and quiet of your own home and friendly conversation. The point is: make an effort, no matter how big or small. I am beginning to find that people are grateful for any kindness, regardless of magnitude or intent.
I wish everyone safe travels as they embark on holiday journeys tomorrow. Tune in tomorrow for Thankgiving-Palooza, a series of posts recounting two new RACs, my holiday offerings from the kitchen, madcap stories from my family, and a list of things I’m especially thankful for this year. Happy holidays!
RAC #25: Took a friend out for lunch
Results: got to enjoy my favorite pizza with my favorite friend; ended up with leftovers for dinner
Question of the Day: What are you especially thankful for this holiday season?