Merry Christmas everyone.
Today was wonderful. We got up early to exchange gifts since my brother and his fiancée Mandy had to get on the road to visit her family in New Jersey. After exchanging gifts and hugs we had some breakfast and even managed to squeeze in a game or two of bridge before Ryan and Mandy had to leave.
My father and I worked on straightening up the house some and decided to catch a movie. We went over to the Camp Hill Theaters on Simpson Ferry Road to see Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Inspiring movie, although I think director Clint Eastwood’s other recent works are a notch above this one. My dad really enjoyed it. As we exited the theater I looked for someone to give the $10 to.
I found 26-year-old Mike from Mechanicsburg. He was standing alone next to a bucket of popcorn and two large drinks. Mike had just finished seeing Sherlock Holmes, which he gave a thumbs up for. He was waiting for Avatar, the new film out by James Cameron. As he seemed to be a bit of a movie fan, I asked him what his favorite all time movie was. He settled on the 1995 hit The Usual Suspects. Fine choice I might add.
Mike was not sure what he was going to do with the money. Said he would probably spend it on himself in some way or another…something to eat or something he needs to pick up here or there. I reckon there is a chance he stays for a third film today :).
So, counting today, I have completed 11 days of giving…353 more to go! I find it interesting that none of the recipients have commented on the website or sent me a comment. I think that hearing their point of view would enrich the project tremendously and I encourage any and all of the recipients who might wander back to the site to check in. Let us know if you ended up spending the money the way you thought or if you changed your mind. What type of reaction have you received from those with whom you have shared your story?
By the way, I followed up with an email to our Scottish mate David, who we were introduced to on Day 5, however, I have not heard back from him either. I was hoping to meet up once more with him before he heads off to Afghanistan.