I went to my old house yesterday. Like many others, my old house hasn't sold in a while. There was a showing today, so I had to shovel the snow off the driveway. While I was there I discovered a most interesting package on my doorstep.
It was a nice, large calendar of African animals in the wild. I hadn't ordered the calendar, so I was very confused. It was from Cafe Press, so I thought it was a dividend from an item I'd designed and put up there. But after shoveling a little I realized that couldn't be it: I've just bought stuff from Cafe Press in the past. I hadn't designed anything for there. I'd thought about it, but never put my thoughts into actions.
After I finished shoveling, I took a closer look at the package. I found a card I'd overlooked before. Inside the card there was a nice note thanking me for the USB and other bits of FreeBSD work I'd done. It was anonymous, so I don't know who to thank for this bright spot in a busy day.
It is the little things like this that really make my involvement in the open source community enjoyable.