Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Coincidence of wants

Hobbes' hospital stay combined with taxes left Nic and I sans extra spending money. Me, I started packing my lunch. Nic? He just got pretty much everything he wanted for free. Really, it's kind of infuriating in that I'm super jealous and wish I had SOME sort of mad skills that I could use for barter.

First, he wanted new tires for his Coronet. No problem. Nic worked on this guy's car one Saturday morning and he straight up gave him the EXACT wheels and tires Nic has apparently always wanted.

Next, Nic is almost ready to paint his Coronet. Well, it just so happens that he is friends with some guys at a paint shop who also need some work done. Now, Nic has free paint and primer for life.

After paint, Nic needs a new exhaust system. The same guy who gave Nic the tires has a friend who does exhaust and also needs some work done. New exhaust? Check it off the list.

Beyond these large-ticket items, Nic has also worked out a deal to fix his brother-in-law's boat for a wiring harness and somehow picked up a free radiator. And this is just the stuff that he's told me about recently.

I learned about coincidence of wants in an economy unit years ago, but didn't think that it actually existed much anymore; not a whole lot of people looking to trade a chicken for a barrel of wheat or whatever. But Nic has taught me that you really don't need money to get what you want; you just have to have something that you can trade.

Anybody out there need some editing done?


Alissa Rae King said...

too bad we can't barter sarcasm, we would be rich women...

jon says it's cool that you have a Ramone to go with your Mater haha! that's TRUE and awesome

Rick Wilcox said...

Its looking very good!