What It’s Like To Work For The U.S. Postal Service

Jess Stoner's essay in The Morning News about working as a contract worker -- "city carrier assistant" -- for the U.S. Postal Service ("YOU EXIST TO REDUCE OVERTIME" as her boss screamed at her) is revelatory and maddening and great. Stoner was hired at $15.13 an hour, earning $1000 every two weeks. As she outlines, though, it's much more complicated than that.

Man’s Best Friend’s Food Truck

There are certain things we'll buy even when times are tough. Candy (small luxuries). Booze and cigarettes (vices to get us through the hard times). And we'll buy dogs all the ice cream they want because people are obsessed with their pets and the pets products industry is pretty much recession proof.

What My Dog Costs Me, What My Dog Saves Me

Last week I got an estimate from my vet on a "minor" surgical procedure for my nine-year-old pit bull, Zen. Actually, they gave me two estimates—one for the surgery, plus some "optional but recommended" bloodwork, and one for the surgery, "optional but recommended" bloodwork, and a dental cleaning while she’s under sedation. The latter "estimate" came to a cool $1,021.96, which got me thinking two things. One: I should get a second opinion, and maybe a new vet, and two: Just what is the value of my dog? How much do I spend on her and what is she worth to me?

Soon Small Dogs Will Supplant The Human Race

As you may have heard and applauded, American women between the ages of 15 and 29 are not having nearly as many babies as they did even just seven years ago (10% drop between 2007 and 2012). MEANWHILE another adorable trend is on the rise, and Roberto Ferdman at Quartz, along with a few market researchers, think the two trends might be linked:

My Dog Is My Greatest Luxury, In Life And In Death

Kenny Rogers the German Shepherd has a fibrosarcoma, a lump a bit smaller than a golf ball, on his snout. My dog has cancer. My big, handsome baby is dying. He has three to six months to live.

Expensive Dog Surgery Worth It, Say People Who Have Paid For Expensive Dog Surgery, Ridiculous, Say People Who Opted Not To Pay For Expensive Dog Surgery

Expensive Dog Surgery Worth It, Say People Who Have Paid For Expensive Dog Surgery, Ridiculous, Say People Who Opted Not To Pay For Expensive Dog Surgery

From the Comments: Slow Cooker Innovation

When B. Benson wrote about the money he has spent in an attempt to save money this year, many of us were most struck by his mention of two little words: “slow cooker.” It seems that if there’s anything that gets you guys talking, it’s kitchen appliances (and this is why you are all the best).

There were many helpful tips, tricks, disavowals, and stew recipes, but there was one comment in particular I haven’t been able to shake. It comes from Billfolder Derbel McDillet, and it kills me in the best way possible:

I will admit leaving my slow cooker on in the bathroom when I’m at work because I also have a fear of my dog pulling it down onto himself. It does seem weird to have my bathroom smell like BBQ for a few days, but it’s worth the peace of mind.

I support this wholeheartedly, though I do have a few questions. Primarily: does your hair smell like meat, and where in the bathroom do you put the slow cooker — the floor? the edge of the sink? Ooh, maybe out of the way in the bathtub?

At any rate, the more I think about this, the more genius it becomes. Let us never live in fear of pets coexisting with slow cookers again! Or else let us put doors on our kitchens! Or live in places with big closets! Where all of our coats smell like vegan chili but we will have saved so much money not going to Chipotle! Hooray.

Photo: cookipediachef

Rabies Made Me The Socialist I Am Today

I tried out universal healthcare and it worked great!!1