@aetataureate Exactly! All work has value, even work that requires more training/hand holding. My non-profit pays our interns the state minimum wage, which is $9/hr. No one can live off that here in NYC. But it's something, and it's symbolic of the fact that we place a dollar value on their labor. Also: if my non-profit can manage to pay minimum wage, when we have to raise every dollar we spend, I find it shocking to imagine a for-profit company that has enough work to justify hiring and training an intern can't find the money to pay minimum wage. If that intern isn't going to contribute enough for you to pay him/her minimum wage, maybe you don't have enough work for that extra person.
@cuminafterall Second the "never considered working for a profit-making enterprise." I've worked part-time for for-profit businesses. It mostly sucked. I have no interest in assisting other people tons of money. I make enough in my nonprofit gig to pay my bills, put about 10% of my income away in savings (split between retirement & short-term), and do the fun things I want to do. Sure, my younger brother will be making about twice my salary when he graduates in the spring and starts work as a management consultant. But I have no interest in doing what I do now for a for-profit company - marketing & outreach for the purpose of making money just sounds shitty and boring. Especially with the current philosophies of capitalism, that companies exist only to make money for their owners/shareholders? No thanks. And crazy enough, in this economy, I'm probably making the same as many of my peers in entry level for-profit companies, except for people in banking/finance/consulting. But I get a more relaxed workplace, more vacation, a workplace that places value in its workers, etc.
@boogers mcgee Always happy to help connect people to escorting opportunities! I escort at Choices Women's Medical Center, in Jamaica, Queens - you may have seen their advertisements on the subway. They're a great clinic that provides a full range of reproductive health services, from contraception to prenatal to abortion up to 24 weeks gestation. NOW-NYC organizes the clinic escort program at Choices. We are there every Saturday morning, because that's when Choices experiences a crowd of protestors. The protesters arrive a little before 7am, so we try to do the same, but it's totally fine to show up later if you can't get there right at 7am. We stay until they leave, which is usually around 10:30/11. NOW-NYC runs escort trainings a couple times per year - I think we'll probably do the next one in January. You can email contact AT nownyc DOT org for more info and to sign up, or to get on the email list for trainings. There is no requirement that you do a formal training before you join us on a Saturday morning! Tell them Rachel told you to get in touch- they'll know it's me even without a last name.
@Allison You could totally learn how to handle escorting- I want to strangle the antis too, but we just focus on the patients above all else. It's not easy, it's incredibly frustrating, but we all find that it's so much more fulfilling to just get a patient to the door than it is to interact with the antis. If you're in NYC, I can connect you with folks, and an org I volunteer with does trainings every few months!
Three day weekend! I'm so pumped. I need it. Today: I'm treating myself to buying lunch instead of eating more homemade chana masala, $10. (Grilled cheese from Melt Shop and tater tots, a Friday tradition in my department). I'm also going to place an order for like $150 worth of bras from Nordstrom's semi-annual sale, but I'm only planning on keeping $60-80 worth (aka, 2-3 bras), so I'm counting it as $60-80. Tomorrow: Going to clinic escort, which means I'll spend $5-7 on food and coffee in the wee hours of the morning to fortify myself against horrible angry people. I'll take a nap in the afternoon, maybe do something with friends in the evening, $20? Sunday: Shopping day. I need some new tops for work, and I'm forcing myself out of bed to go shopping as soon as the stores open in hopes of smaller crowds. I'm setting a budget of $100, and I want two or three new shirts. Also, groceries for the week, probably $30-40. Monday: Union Square farmers market, because it makes me happy and I'm off work. I'll probably spend about $15 there. Other than that, I'm hoping to spend the day being lazy and watching TV. Total: $250ish, which is a spendy weekend for me, but it's all needed stuff.
I did my one thing this morning! It was to deposit two checks that I've had sitting around for weeks.
@aproprose My favorite real leather goods include: -an Andrew Marc leather jacket -my Coach Legacy Duffle bag in black, aka the best crossbody purse that holds absolutely everything I need and is sitting on my desk RIGHT NOW, http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/Product-legacy_duffle_in_leather-10551-10051-19889-en?cs=svbk&catId=5000000000000015030 -Frye boots, yes, but mine are bright red and amazeballs -For less rugged boots, I have a pair of Anne Klein brown knee-high riding style boots that I've been wearing all the time for years. Actually, wearing them right now. The leather jacket was purchased on sale in May years ago, because Bluefly did a Mother's Day leather goods sale. The Frye boots were a splurge, full price. The Anne Klein boots were a Black Friday find, spent less than $100 on them. The Coach bag was a birthday present but considering cost-per-wear after only 15 months, would be worth my own $350.
My current struggle with this: I love my job, I'm happy to talk about my job, but if someone is asking me "what do you do?" as a general getting to know me question, I'd really like to bring up all the unpaid stuff I do outside of business hours, mostly reproductive health activism. That's way more important to me, even though I'm doing exactly the kind of paid work I want to be doing and it usually impresses people. But that's not what they're asking me.
My one thing is to write my check for my share of the rental insurance for this year, and stick my check and my roommate's in an envelope and stick it in the mail. I've had the roommate's check for a week already.
@Fig. 1 I'm totally with you on wishing that there were more short-term rentals with kitchens! I'd definitely prefer to travel that way, and while I haven't used Airbnb yet I also haven't traveled anywhere that I didn't have a couch to crash on recently. Basically, I would be really happy if it were clearly legal to rent out your own primary residence for short-term stuff, maybe with time limitations per month?, but still illegal to utilize a property zoned for residential housing as a commercial property/hotel.