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A Neighborhood Economy

Instead of taking our car to the dealer to fix the auxiliary port on our stereo, we asked a friend in our community to help us. So instead of giving $250 to Toyota, which we couldn’t rafford to do anyway, we worked with our friend to take apart the dash, re-solder a few little silver nodules on a green thingy, and then put the console back together. Success. Our friend would have done it for free, but we’re giving him $50 and a bottle of his favorite rum. We also got to have dinner and spend a lovely evening with his family and learn a few things about our car in the process. It felt good to keep the time, money, and skills in the neighborhood.

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