On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

@erinep the Harmony Bar walnut burger is my favorite sandwich in all of Madison. I've never ordered it without an accompanying order of hot chips either.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm 0

On The Economics of Reclining Seats During Flights

I've never once reclined on a flight, not for any moral Golden Rule stance but mostly because I apparently always sit upright. I'm never enthralled when someone reclines in front of me but I'm just average height so it's not like my knees are bearing the brunt. I do seem to have poor luck in timing as I've been knocked in the forehead by a reclining seat on multiple occasions while leaning down to get something from my bag.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0

On Why We Live Where We Live

@Stina I'm just outside of Madison myself, born at St. Mary's and raised in Green County. I can't see leaving either, though the state politics and incessant construction severely test my patience. Whenever I get the itch I take a trip somewhere. This year I've done Boston, New Orleans (x2), and Houston on top of regularly working in the Chicago and Minneapolis metro areas, but I always get lonesome for home after around five days. I figure that if I ever get to the point where I'm not relieved to be back in Madison I should start considering it seriously.

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm 0

On Our Email Addiction After Work Hours

I'm absolutely terrible about checking my email after hours. It's to the point where my phone is the last thing I look at before falling asleep and the first thing I grab in the morning (granted, it is also my alarm). I'm also leaving for vacation tomorrow and I'll be bringing both my phone and my tablet so I can keep up on things while I'm out.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm 0

On Hustles

It's not quite a hustle since I never sell anything, but I'm constantly amazed by the perfectly good stuff my neighbors throw out in my apartment building. Several times a year I'll find boxes of cleaning products or lamps with functioning CFL bulbs just sitting in the dumpster area. Usually this is around the end of the month when someone is moving out. My sister is a kindergarten teacher and I've outfitted her classroom with Rubbermaid storage containers, a Casio keyboard (still in its box), a set of four steel folding chairs, and strings of Christmas lights, all courtesy of my neighbors.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm 1

On How a Stanford Professor Made A Really Good One-Cup Coffee Maker

I'm a fan of mine as well, though I haven't incorporated it into my daily routine as I'm less of a "one cup" and more of a "full thermos" guy. It's perfect for the weekends though.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm 0

On Workplace Thievery

I've got a number of pens and notepads from the office scattered throughout my car and apartment and I've burned a few CD-Rs for my friends using the office supply. I also have pilfered a stamp or two over the years for thank you letter to my grandparents. Aside from that I'm pretty clean. The biggest theft of which I'm guilty is wasting time. Back in my college days I worked at a deli and while the owner did tell me that I was to pay for my own meals (discounted 50%) I only did that on the first night. After night two I was duly informed by the other managers that on-duty employees weren't expected to pay so long as they didn't take the full dinner break or leave. Basically the trade-off was that you stuck around in the store so you could help out in a rush and in return you could make yourself a sandwich or have some soup. After a few months there was little on the menu that even appealed to me anymore, so I'd say my employer made out in the long run.

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm 0

On A Triple Feature for When You're Feeling 30(ish) and Not Flirty and Not Thriving :/

I do love Revolution Brewing. I've got a growler that I refill from time to time, and I once had a very tasty bacon & egg sandwich at the bar.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I dropped a good chunk of cash ($190) Friday after work when I stopped by the winery near my office, justified internally because a) it's nice to support local businesses, and b) it's cheaper by the case. That will make for several gifts and a little left over for me. Saturday I picked up a new camera for my sister, pricey ($350) but she's had a rough year and a kindergarten teacher needs to take plenty of pictures while the kids are still adorable. I also bought a sandwich for lunch along with some licorice for my father ($11). Sunday was a snow day and I barely left the couch. My only accomplishment was watching the entire first season of Breaking Bad.

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 11:44 am 0

On Living Without Credit Cards

@limenotapple I'm about the same. I had one in college but never used it, opting for a debit card and writing checks all the time. When I started my job I traveled a good deal and it was immediately apparent I needed to use the credit card for hotel reservations, out of state gas purchases, USPS fees, etc. I ended up applying for another card with a better rewards program that I use strictly for business expenses, so now all my stops at the liquor store don't show up when I submit an expense report. Plus I've racked up a good amount of rewards points and a shiny credit score off all the work purchases. My sister only got a credit card a couple years ago, after she got her debit card hacked after buying school books online. She's even more frugal than I am so it's rare that I see her using it. I gave her a bit of grief when she started writing a $8 check for flax milk at my co-op a month back.

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm 0