@Glen Raphael@facebook In what magical candyland world do you think workers get to choose between sick leave and "a little more job security or a little more salary"? This is so hypothetical that it's meaningless. Also, can you have "more job security" without paid sick leave? No, you can't, because if you get sick you can lose your job, and anyone can get sick except for Bruce Willis in Unbreakable.
I'm not in a union but I am in an association. I work at a big Canadian university and most of the employees are union members or in non-union associations that are covered under the same agreements as the unions. It's great-- I work 35h a week, with 4 weeks of vacation (plus the week where we close between Xmas and New Years), basically unlimited sick time, excellent extended health benefits, great mat leave, etc etc, thanks unions!! Plus things like raises and probationary increases are standardized, which as a person who does not enjoy negotiating or advocating for myself is really great-- it provides a structure and expectations for salary.
@honey cowl Agreed that the sizes are kind of insane-- but I find that at J Crew too, and they are the same company. But I have found I am always needing two sizes smaller than usual at Madewell.
@Allison YES. My plan of attack when shopping: 1. Identify the specific thing I want online, usually after reading lots of reviews. 2. Go into the store, locate desired item, try it out. 3. Purchase or flee, ideally without having to speak to anyone. If I lived in America, land of free shipping and free returns, I would probably never actually physically enter a store. Canada is kind of a pain for that reason.
It drives me nuts when people get mad about spoilers for things that have been in the public domain for months or years. Like, Seasons 1-3 of Game of Thrones are based on books that came out like fifteen years ago. If maintaining the purity of your unspoilered state is so important to you, you should probably stay off the internet. Also, another author I follow on Tumblr made an excellent supporting comment for Roxane: "If you’re so desperate to know what happens in Gone Girl, why are you reading an entirely different book?"
I have a 20 minute bus ride with 5-10 minute walks on either end. I knock out about one library book & an issue of the New Yorker every week, which is satisfying, and when I don't have books I listen to podcasts. It's nice because probably if I didn't have the commute I wouldn't carve out that time to read.
@muggles This is amazing(ly awful).
Okay, I feel like a dick ever talking about tips, but this question has been burning inside me forever- why do we tip cabdrivers? At least in Vancouver, as I understand it, they are like independent contractors-- they rent (or own) their cabs, and keep everything they earn on top of that expense. It's not like they are making an low hourly wage. And there is no service involved usually, when one is just being driven from one place to another, with no bag lifting or door opening involved. I don't really get it. I still tip, of course, because I am a polite Canadian and I would feel too much guilt not tipping, but I don't understand why I do it.
BC is one (maybe the only one?) of the Canadian provinces where you pay an monthly fee for provincial health care, which tops out at $138.50 for a family of three or more people. It's free or cheaper depending on your income level, and you don't have to pay (but are still covered) if you experience "sudden financial hardship" like losing your job, and many employers (like mine) cover the monthly premium. Also the nicest thing about a single-payer system is that there is no such thing as a doctor who does not accept one's health insurance in Canada. All that said-- people in BC complain CONSTANTLY about it. They hate it and think it's the worst, because in other provinces you don't pay any premium at all. But whenever I hear what people pay per month in the US for health insurance it seems pretty reasonable.
I'm from Vancouver-- a tourist city with a very high population of panhandlers and folks with addictions to feed, and I am very used to long, detailed stories about why someone needs money for bus fare. As @Punk-assBookJockey said further up, the more details, the more I'm convinced it's not true. Especially because people always start with "Are you from around here?" or "You look like a nice person, can you just listen to me for a minute?" or "I never do this, I swear, I live in ____ and I have a job as a ____ but I just had my bag stolen..." As soon as I hear those lines, I just think, NOPE.