By Literary Sara on So You've Decided To Join The CSA

I know CSAs aren't for everyone, and that it takes some practice to develop vegetable habits that aren't wasteful, but I clicked this post expecting some helpful, constructive advice along with the gentle poking of fun. I'm in my 5th season of CSA with the same farm. I love it. The food is great, the price is low in the long term (although steep up front), the labor varies. I find it economical in terms of time and money. If anyone wants to talk about that, you can join me over here.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm 1

By apples and oranges on The Selfie as Class Signifier

@WayDownSouth Don't worry. You definitely did not understand the article correctly.

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm 5

By BlackCoffeeWithSugar on Computer Predicts the Balance of Your Bank Account

@Changeling Don't worry, it's judging me too. It asked how may pairs of shoes I own, and apparently my true answer is "outside the acceptable range."

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm 2

By Changeling on Computer Predicts the Balance of Your Bank Account

It doesn't believe me that it's been 84 months since my last appointment with a dentist, so it won't let me answer that question!

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm 1

By aetataureate on Things Work Out

Love MIHH so much, so glad to see it come up here!

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 11:31 am 1

By KingCash on How Much Do You Spend on Electricity Each Month?

@KingCash Also, the EIA's data browser lets you dig into average retail electricity prices throughout the country since 2001. It's pretty fascinating (and fun to play with!):,0&geo=g&endsec=8&freq=M&start=200101&end=201303&ctype=linechart

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm 2

By BellaLincoln on That Thing, That Thing, That 1 Thiiiiiiinnnnnnngggggg

Wells Fargo zombie accounts: officially closed. Again. The good news is they waived the (zombie) maintenance fee in the process?

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm 1

By MilesofMountains on Okay, But What Do You Actually Do?

Summer: walk around, count fish. Winter: write hundreds of pages about the fish I counted.

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm 2

By kristindru on Okay, But What Do You Actually Do?

Drink 4 cups of coffee, get report, spend 15 minutes actually figuring out the things I need to know to provide care for my patients, make jokes, follow doctor's orders, chart, chart, chart, chart, chart, chart, give back rubs and check cervix, start medicine, support emotionally, physically, act as a bouncer to the 15 family members, sweat a lot while I'm helping a mom push, cry when the baby is born, help breastfeed; repeat up to 3 times a day. Work for 3 days in a row and then have 4 days off where I try to figure out what to do with myself.

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm 3

By velveeta chz on Logan Saw a Dude Steal Some Coffee And Said Nothing And Mike Is Like, That's Wrong

I'm a public defender, so I'm with Logan here. The criminal consequences of a theft of even a minimal amount can be severe for someone who is already on the fringes. In MD, theft under $100 carries a potential penalty of 90 days in jail, with additional penalties possible if the person has prior convictions. I have seen people who stole less than $10 worth of stuff go to jail, even when the complainant got his or her money back. Sometimes people have mental illness, sometimes they have substance abuse issues, sometimes they're just poor and trying to make a little cash on the side. I know a lot of people have more sympathy for the guy stealing lunch than they do for the guy lifting DVDs from walmart, but I have to say, having had both those clients, often their lives are equally unstable. This isn't to say that I think theft is okay, or that the law shouldn't prohibit it, but once someone gets brought into the machine of the criminal justice system, it brings about a whole host of consequences, some very far-reaching, that are often disproportionate to the offense. I just think the criminal justice system is horribly, terribly unfair to poor people, which for me is best encapsulated in this quote, "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." Griffin v. Illinois, 351 U.S. 12, 23 (1956) (quoting Anatole France).

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm 9