Peter Coy at Businessweek wonders why we’re so optimistic when we have nothing to be optimistic about. Good question. Is it, “the timeless confidence of youth”? Our “digital lives” (heh)?
Have you read Roz Chast’s cartoon about caring for her parents at the end of their lives? It is lovely, and you can read it here. (The Getty photo above is Chast with Sally Field at an event.)
Scenario: You have an extra $5,000 in your bank account. You’re up-to-date on all your bills, and you’re on track for savings goals, so you get to choose where to put that $5,000. You’d like to pay off the $5,000 remaining balance on a loan and get it over with. Your spouse wants to use $2,000 of it to get something for the house.
In the past few years, various studies have come out asking whether or not having children makes people happier. A 2004 study by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman involving 900 working women in Texas who were asked questions like, “How happy are you when you’re taking care of your kids?” found that the parents were very happy. Children are expensive! Raising children is not an easy thing. And yet some of us choose to do so.
As the Taipei Times reports, The Taiwan Railways Administration is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with a commemorative 2/14 train trip “from Dalin (大林, pronounced similarly to “darling” in English) station in Chiayi County to Gueilai (歸來, literally: “come back”) station in Pingtung County.” The 3500 tickets, which read “DARLING, COME BACK” sold out in about an hour.
How does one meet such a momentous occasion at such an early stage of romance?