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[paid] What I'm Worth

One 2000 laptop, used, in fair condition, with power cord, two batteries, CD drive (no floppy), external keyboard (necessary), wired USB optical mouse (not necessary), brand-new replacement NIC, brand-new USB wireless adapter, a couple lengths of cat-5 patch cable.
A couple hours labor, intermittently sprinkled with phrases such as "bloody buggering fuckweasel".
$10 change in "blood money" (from plasma donation).

The price of a pair of tires (new).
One external CD drive (read-only).
An ancient laptop of many secrets and not much hard drive space.
$60 in 20s, from yard sale proceeds.
4 pints Ben & Jerry's (1 Cherry Garcia, 3 New York Super Fudge Chunk).

This is the way the Good Ol' Boys Network side of the economy works (where "boys" is gender-neutral).
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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