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I'm an independent columnist who dreams of a regular gig that doesn't involve turning my car into a taxi cab. I publish a new column every Saturday.
I've been writing weekly columns for better than four years now and in my semi-humble opinion, I've gotten good enough to ask for/accept a down payment on a can of coffee without feeling embarrassed.
Yes, I said can. This is the heartland, buddy.
$6.50 buys ya a plastic can of 20.6 ounces of Folger's "Black Silk" with an aroma seal and a built-in can handle at Dollar General (makes up to 180 6 FL OZ cups).
Good, affordable coffee and you don't have to drive all the way to d'mall.
Thanks if you do, thanks anyway if you don't.
Regardless, if my work has pleased you please share it.
Buy yourself a nice cup of coffee. Alternatively, stock up on a bunch of cheap coffee while it's still available.