So, some of you may remember a few months back when my fellow San Francisco optimist Nancy Pelosi caved and agreed to the idea of stimulus checks to be sent out to Americans to help generate more cash flow in the economy.
It turns out that most people didn't actually get around to filing for those checks (so much for Bay Area Optimism), but I did. Because I'm Smrt. S-M-R-T Smart! (10 points for the people who know that reference... Nancy). It isn't the best solution, really, but hell, I'm not gonna pass up free money if it's not gonna be used for something better. The sister so generously offered to put my check in my account for me, since it got sent to her apartment. The check is for almost 600 dollars, which is roughly equivalent to a month's salary for me here in Brazil.
So I'm gonna stimulate the economy all right... the BRAZILIAN economy. ha-HA. Take that, Trickle Down proponents! I'm trickling the money down, all right. Waaaay down.
:D I am truly sorry for all of you stuck in the US with your crazy gas prices and overly-tempting fast food. One of the biggest things I've learned here is how little I really need to be happy. Taking one suitcase with you can do that to a person. I've got good food, some clothes, hot water, my computer, and hair products. (Come on, I'm not claiming to be a minimalist or something.) But I somehow spent so much more money in the US. I had so much more stuff that I thought I needed, like home decor and other accessories. Meh.
I just hope you guys filled out that form back in March!