Today I talked to frequent commenter ThatJenn about utilities.
Meaghan: And wages for housework! Ha. I, for one, was delighted to see you are a Crocs Person. I saw that movie Obvious Child and Jenny Slate has this amazing Crocs scene and really sold me on the whole idea, like a decade late. Have you been in the Crocs biz long?
Meaghan: Expenses are the best thing about work trips. But also very fraught. Or in the hands of people like us, very fraught. EXPENSE GUILT!
Mike: Oh totally. I am bad about expensing things—or maybe I feel bad about expensing things. For example, I will be taking public transportation to the airport even though I can just hail a cab or order an Uber and expense it.
Something interesting will happen if you go, I can promise you that.
Meaghan: HELLO and Happy Friday to you. I come to you today totally invigorated in my relationship and self-regard, ready to face the future, as last night was DATE NIGHT.
Ester: DATE NIGHT! How exciting. Please tell me all about it.
Spurred by a donation to the (wonderful sounding!) Detroit Water Project, Kate Harding writes for Dame Magazine about wishing we lived in a world where private charity was unnecessary because everyone was automatically taken care of, because this is America dammit.
Annabelle: What is a reasonable amount to pay for a root canal in NYC because I have to get one and HOLY SHIT
Ester: Oh no!
Annabelle: It is so expensive. Should I go to the suburbs?
Ester: :( :( :( You don’t have dental?
Annabelle: No. we don’t. [My boss] claims that dental insurance isn’t worth it/isn’t possible for small businesses. And I naively didn’t put nearly this much into my FSA. It’s $2,100!!!!
Ester: Oh wow.
Annabelle: Bonkers right.
Ester: Totally bonkers.
Annabelle: The economy of dental confounds me. Is dental insurance worth it? What is reasonable?