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Day 20: I feel like an goosedown

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Okay today was really weird. Today my 100 day rejection therapy card said "Get a free pass". So you know what I tried to do? I tried to get a free tram ticket. And the outcome is something that I didn't expect at all.

 

So I'm waiting for the tram, being kinda nervous. Then the tram finally comes, I enter and ask the conductor for a free ticket. He goes "Huh?", probably because there's this glass pane separating us, with a small slot at the bottom for the ticket. I repeat my question, ready to get rejected and feel really dumb, and he goes "Ah", turns to the ticket machine, presses something and gives me a ticket saying basically something like "Free ticket 0.00 Ls". Uhh, what? What did just happen? Flabbergasted, I go and sit down. There were multiple things going through my mind at that point. One of them was "Did I really just get a free ticket?", the other one was "Doing something crazy and actually succeeding feels amazing!" and the last one was "fudge, I didn't get rejected, I have to do this again". Well, those were the rules, I had to try again. So after I get over the fact I just got a free ticket, I exit the tram 2 stations later and wait for the next one.

 

So a couple of minutes later another one arrives and I repeat my question. Guess what happens? No really, just guess. You probably guessed that I got another free ticket, because otherwise I wouldn't have asked that question. Well you're right, it happened again. There was only one thing going through my mind at that point "what the fudge". So yeah, of course I had to try again. Another couple of stations later and exit, to wait for the next tram.

 

I don't want to make this a super long and boring blog entry so I'm just going to say it now - I did it and succeeded for 4 more times. Yes, I got a free tram ticket consecutively 6 times in total. Why not 7? Because I was already at my stop and I wasn't going to ride around all day trying to get rejected. So yeah, I guess I didn't really fulfill my goal today and didn't get rejected, but come on.

 

So I come home and Google some info about these "Free tickets" (I mean why do they even have an option for one on the machine?) and it turns out that these free tickets are basically for disabled people. Which is why I felt like a dick after all this. I mean if you go around acting disabled to get free stuff you are an goosedown, but in my defense I really didn't know that beforehand and was just trying to do my rejection thing.

 

There's one very important thing I learned though - when asking for something crazy, sure getting rejected is good, but actually succeeding feels even better. I mean, I did something that no one would ever do and got something out of it as well, so it just feels amazing.



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LOL YOU GOT FREE STOOF AND NOW YOU ARE DISABLED

 

I knew these kids that would walk into the bus, then be like "Ops I forgot my ticket" and sometimes they would get lucky and the driver would just tell them tow alk in.

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I don't see a reason to feel guilty about this. I mean, I understand why you feel guilty, I would feel guilty too. It's just that you couldn't have known.

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When I was a kid they'd let me ride on the train for free too! For a minute there you had me thinking tram conductors are extremely generous. I guess you could try getting into a concert for free or something.

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I laughed until I saw what the free tickets were actually for.

 

I took the train into Philadelphia to work everyday over the summer and they actually did sometimes gave me a free pass if I didn't try to pay them. I guess they gave me the poor college student discount. It also shows you why that particular government run train association is always in debt - the conductors charge whatever they want!

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I took the train into Philadelphia to work everyday over the summer and they actually did sometimes gave me a free pass if I didn't try to pay them. I guess they gave me the poor college student discount. It also shows you why that particular government run train association is always in debt - the conductors charge whatever they want!

 

Oh it's definitely not that around here, no one's generous here, the reason why I got free tickets was probably because they didn't want to ask me if I was disabled or something.

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