When I was in 7th grade my entire class was part of a production of Romeo and Juliet. I played the part of Polonius in Act 1, scene 3. (In a bizarre act of mismatched prophecy, Sara played Ophelia, Polonius’s daughter, in that same scene.) From Polonius’s speech to his son Laertes I get one of the most enduring quotes I’ve thus encountered: “Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.” With that, I give you this:

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This was in my email when I got home tonite. It’s great, only, I didn’t do it.

Somebody out there, whom I may or may not know, anonymously paid for another one year membership for me. Unrequested. Unexpected.

I don’t know what to say, other than thank you. I couldn’t have stumbled upon a better hobby or a better group of people. It does feel a bit like a one-sided Gift of the Magi moment, though. I just sold my Garmin GPS to pay off some bills. I’m still good as a second pair of eyes, though!

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