One of the friars re-gifted to me a Barnes & Noble gift certificate for $50. Woo hoo, I said, and realizing today that I had enough in my bn.com "basket," I went to redeem it. Having put in the codes a few times without success, I examined the certificate more closely.
"Gift Cert Issued 12-11-98"
According to their gift certificate depreciation policy, it's now worth negative $112.
"Perfect joy," as we Franciscans say! Thanks, brother!