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Great idea, but no go

Posted By: MTDays on 2009-05-02
In Reply to: Donate plasma - I did it

I just googled and the nearest place I can find is about 80 miles away, which means it will take me about 3 hours travel time alone and gas, so I guess I'll scrap that. Complicating things is the fact that I live in a very very very rural area so some of the options that are available in metropolitan areas are not to be found here.

I appreciate all the helpful input I've received from all of you. It's been a long time since I've tried to live like a starving student, but I'm guessing it's like riding a bike, so I'll get by.

Thanks again!

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Sound like a plan?
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if your idea of

a good time is working like a dog for $11 an hour making some young white hotshot rich, this is an ideal career opportunity.


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