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Dinner for Less Than $5 #2 Vegetarian Chili Frito Pie

Amy’s Vegetarian Chili w/ Fritos, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Onions (optional), and Chives

Time in Kitchen: 10 Minutes or less

I timed myself and took 8 minutes including going to the garden and getting chives and taking photos

Total Cost: $3.8

Amy’s Spicy Chili: $4.49/2 = $2.25

Fritos: $3.69/4 = .93 cents

Crate and Barrel Cheddar (use the cheap stuff it melts better): $2.99/10 =.30 cents

Onion: .60/10 = .06 cents

Sour Cream: $3.89/ 15 = .26 cents

Chives: Nearly free

Side Note:

A dollop of sour cream is called a quenelle when it is shaped like a fancy football.

Picture of Ingredients:

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Postal Worker/Photographer

While I was sitting in the post office waiting to submit my passport application, I watched as the postal worker became full of life every time he had an applicant who needed their photograph taken. He had a bit of a bounce in his step as he grabbed the camera. “Tilt your head up. A little bit less. That’s it.” He reviewed each picture meticulously while we waited patiently.

Longwood Gardens at Du Pont Estate

Longwood Gardens is one of the many Du Pont estates that are now open to the public.

While sitting in the lawn chair I engaged in an intellectually stimulating conversation, pretending to be an aristocrat, overlooking my many acres of land, and eating my ham sandwich. I watched the geese as they played in the pond and all the people as they enjoyed the capital I have built.

Here is my day at the Longwood Gardens in photographs.

 

The Power of Treating Other People Like Human Beings

Find something positive to say to each person you have an interaction with. Sum it up into one sentence or less and move on. Get connected. Become human.

Cashier Diary #5

To the woman at the beginning of my shift. The woman who came to the counter shaking violently from the anxiety of flying. I should have grabbed your hand and said, “Feel my steadiness. Feel the calm that I have. The confidence that you will be OK.” But I didn’t. Because I was afraid. I was afraid she might cry out and say, “Why are you touching me?” 

I regretted this choice all day and thought about it for 8 and a half hours.

Maybe the lesson is to conquer your fears in order to unite with others. Or maybe, allow others to know your fears so they can help conquer them. 

Cashier Diary #4

I had 210 transactions on my register alone today. My teammate, Sir Ellsworth, well surpassed this total. Combined we had over 500 transactions. 500 interactions with other human beings.

A few weeks ago I met a man from New Castle who came into Philadelphia for the MLA Conference (Modern Language Association.)

He told me how he planned to stop by the Rosenbach on his way out. The Rosenbach is an extraordinary find. They have rare books that are desired by many. It is also very unassuming.

As he was leaving, and we both waved goodbye; I was suddenly struck with struck with the realization that we will probably never meet again.

Every interaction has infinite possibilities. Make sure you make it the best one possible.

Cashier Diary #2

I meet a lot of people each day. Around 250, on average, per day. They come from all over the world. Although I am aware that this is a limited sample, it does give me some insight into people as a whole. I have small interactions with around 50 of the 250 people I meet. 80% of them are friendly and engaging. 15% are indifferent. 5% are hostile.