@megsy Let us not even talk about the price of books - the dollar has been at or around parity for a long time, and books are still marked up like mad. My local independent bookstore actually adjusts their prices down when the dollar is doing well, and because of this I will shop there forever.
A friend who does this is better than surprise doughnuts any day of the week.
I used to dodge the inspectors while living in Heidelberg. It seemed too easy! Then I saw someone get busted and publicly humiliated (LOTS of terrifying yelling - you'd think he was an axe murderer), which was enough to make me cough up the measly 2.30 Euros thereafter.
My husband takes ten-minute floor naps in his office prior to giving lectures. Lying on the gross hard floor, he claims, keeps him from oversleeping. His stepdad is a strong believer in naps too, and is almost 92, so they must do something good for you!