Think of Kalpona Akter and the Bangladeshi garment factory workers: “Remember these human faces. You killed these girls.” They’re still figuring out which companies were using that particular factory, but if your favorite discount duds didn’t come from there, they came from somewhere like it. Most of my clothes are from The Gap or J.Crew, meaning most of my clothes are from companies and countries that don’t protect workers. I choose not think about that most of the time—”I’d love to buy handmade, but I’m broke,” etc., excuses—but when I do I feel weak.
I read through and carefully considered everyone’s advice about what bed to buy … and then I got overwhelmed so I just went to Ikea and picked something based on nothing.
$229, Sultan Hanestad (full-sized mattress) Historically the one criteria my mattress had to meet was that it could be stuffed in my car. Now I don’t have a car. I don’t know how I picked this exact one out but I didn’t think about it very hard and I definitely didn’t test it out by lying down on it or else I would have known it was like lying on a table. But: It’s good for the back. (I’ll be buying a memory foam thing.)
Mary and Kim and I wanted to go to a museum, but we didn’t want to pay. I didn’t want to pay because I had been there before and didn’t like it. Kim didn’t want to pay because she felt strongly that museums should be free. I don’t know why Mary didn’t want to pay, but she didn’t want to pay either.
I had a plan. I knew there was a restaurant in the back of the museum, and I knew that if you went to the restaurant, you didn’t have to pay. I suggested we say that we were there for the restaurant. This was lying and I don’t usually like lying, but it was a special occasion. The stakes were low. It was an insider tip. An insider tip involving stealing museum admission. It would save us $10 each. Mary and Kim said, sure let’s try it.
In honor of this weird day, I’m going to use this here internet website as my personal helpline. Help Me. I need to buy a bed. I want a full size one. I hate those metal bed frame things. And I don’t really like box springs. So what I need to know is, where did you buy your cheap but wonderful bed, and should I also buy your cheap and wonderful bed? Is there a secret cheap and wonderful bed place? Or is there a magical combination of Ikea options that will have me sweet dreaming in no time? Help me help you help me buy a bed. Thank you for your time.
• A necklace from Etsy with her birthstone as a charm and my first initial as a charm so we would always be together. I thought that was cute. But it was very short, like a choker, so she doesn’t wear it because shes not in The fucking Craft.
• One million items of clothing and accessories that I thought would be relevant to her, but ended up being too small, too big, wrong color and promptly returned, with the refund returned to me, because she hates when I spend money on her.
• $30 gift card to LOFT (she loves LOFT)
“Athletes and musicians make astronomical amounts of money,” he tells Rolling Stone. “People get paid $100 million to throw a baseball! Shouldn’t we all take less and pass some of that money onto others? Think about firefighters, teachers and policemen. We should celebrate people that are intellectually smart and trying to make this world a better place.”
With that in mind, Kid Rock decided to make every ticket on his upcoming summer tour with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker cost just $20, whether the seat is at the back of the lawn or the front section of the pavilion. “I’ve been meeting with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino for years, trying to figure out how to fix the concert industry,” he says. “We’re all so overpaid. It’s ridiculous. People stopped going to concerts because they can’t afford them. The Rolling Stones are charging $650 per ticket! That just makes me speechless. I love the Stones, but I won’t be attending.”
Rock/rapper Kid Rock talks about how expensive concert tickets are in Rolling Stone, joining touring acts like comedian Louis C.K., who addressed the high cost of tickets (and scalped tickets) last year. Kid Rock also wants to keep the two front rows empty so he can personally select people in the audience to have those seats:
“We don’t care who you are, you can’t get those seats unless we select you.” In places where it’s legal, rows two through 18 will be only available via paperless ticketing. Unfortunately, many states have outlawed the practice, which infuriates Rock.
Who is Rock angry at? Republican lawmakers, whom he blames for outlawing the practice. He’s been calling them to talk about the issue (Rock is also a Republican). He’s also angry at Ticketmaster, joining the legion of concert-goers who have all been angry at Ticketmaster at one time or another.