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Aug. 10th, 2005 @ 09:39 pm Transmute blood to coffee
Somehow the American Red Cross decided to send me a $5 gift card to Starbucks for donating blood. This is in addition to cookies, soda, and t-shirts that I was given while I was there last time. I think the moral of the story is that I need to sell my body more, cause there's good money to be made.
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From:muffinsicon
Date:August 11th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
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A $5 gift card...to Starbucks? Or...I'm *really* hoping it's to the American Red Cross, for future purchases of Red Cross merchandise, such as "t-shirts," "platelets," and "your own blood back after your car accident next week."
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From:bogosort
Date:August 11th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
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Yeah, to Starbucks... Clearly it's a pint of blood to about $5 bucks...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
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Support the 'Bucks. Give more blood.

--Andrew.
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From:alazrael
Date:August 11th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Dude, friends don't let friends drink Starbucks . . .
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
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As a shareholder I want everyone to drink Starbucks. Do it now! NOW!

--Andrew.
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From:drfell
Date:August 11th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Superliminal!

yvan eht nioj
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From:hitomi_sama
Date:August 11th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
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Dude! They never gave me cool shit like that when I donated blood! Hmm..I would totally be up for donating here in Japan, but I'm afraid they're gonna suck it out from my earlobe! O_o

And I shit you not, that's how they used to, and in some backwater areas, STILL draw blood in Japan - slice your earlobe, stick a suction tube onto it, and the nurse would SUCK your blood into the tube! So gross!
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From:bogosort
Date:August 11th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
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EEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
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From:ashyukun
Date:August 11th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
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They won't let me donate to them... they're so paranoid about Mad Cow Disease that anyone who spent more than 6 months in Europe during, well, most of the last 20-30 years is banned from donating.
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From:hitomi_sama
Date:August 11th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
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oh? I didn't know you went to Europe! When, where, and why? :D :D
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From:ashyukun
Date:August 11th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
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I'm an Army Brat- I lived in Germany for (updates calculation for current age) about 1/5th of my life during the two times my dad was assigned there- when I was fairly young and for my last two years of High School.
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From:bogosort
Date:August 11th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Wasn't there a 7 year period(or something along those lines) in which they'll let you donate blood again?
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From:ashyukun
Date:August 11th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Every time I've checked I still fall into the banninated category. But you never know, they might change it eventually. When I'm too old to donate anyway. :P
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From:bogosort
Date:August 11th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Hrm, looking at their web site, it looks like if you had been there for 3 months from 1980 to 1996, you're just plain not eligible to donate. I guess they figured that after 1996 it was safe to live there again. If they had a test for vCJD, then they might allow you back, but even still they seem reluctant to allow anyone back on the allowed donors list once you get off.
From:uberfluffy
Date:August 12th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
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My whole family was there for a year around 91-92, which is a shame because my dad was a huge donor until they made that policy. I think he's still got his 5 gallon pin!
From:krotscheck
Date:August 11th, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Ditto.

Who pissed those cows off anyway?
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From:genuinekfc
Date:August 11th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
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It's not just American Red Cross. Central Blood Bank and others have the same criteria.

Neither would let me donate for a year after I was in Bangkok. If I had left the city to see other parts of Thailand, I'd never be allowed to donate again.
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From:robogock
Date:August 11th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
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They won't let me donate, either, at least until next May. Why? Because I had my ears pierced with :gasp: a needle. No matter that needles are often much more sterile than those horrid plastic guns they use at mall piercing joints (which only result in a blood-giving ban of a few weeks, I believe).
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From:jameel
Date:August 11th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Remember that time my doctor misdiagnosed me with Lyme disease? Well, I told Central Blood Bank about it, since it was the right thing to do. I then told them it was a misdiagnosis. They still won't let me donate.
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From:bogosort
Date:August 11th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Doh! It's amazing how needy they are for blood and how quickly they blacklist anyone from ever donating again. Granted its for good reasons, but you can never get off of that list even if you were put on it incorrectly.
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From:johnmeier1
Date:August 11th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
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I got a free dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, we should combine our forces.
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From:ashyukun
Date:August 11th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Ah, so the Red Cross is trying to drum up business for the American Heart Association. ;P
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From:hitomi_sama
Date:August 12th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
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Tee hee! XD
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From:glissade13
Date:September 28th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm totally back reading your LJ and i'm jealous! I give platelets to Life South every 4 weeks and i get no starbucks! grrrr... gonna have to see about that! They said calcium (such as frappucinos) are good after donating platelets.