SF gets stretched out for Haitian relief 

One of my many intrepid readers forwarded me a tidbit today that begs the question: Is it better to give your favorite sweat-stained college hoodie than to receive?

This query came about because the website BoingBoing posted a photo by famed Atlantic journalist James Fallows that shows a sign in San Francisco's Marina district asking people to donate their used yoga mats to earthquake victims in Haiti.

Some saw it as an ironic symbol of yuppie excess; others, as a benevolent act proving there is no such thing as an unkind gesture.

But it did bring out some sincere and hysterical reactions, with such commentary as "yoga mats can be made into decent sandals'' and "fondue forks for Namibia.''

Others suggested that it was the equivalent of sending old squash racquets for pasta strainers, but most people know that squash is an East Coast sport.

We'll be canvassing this trend for future updates. But don't throw out your Sperry docksiders in the meantime.

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