On Remembrance of College Interviews Past

My alma mater is one that prides itself on taking exceptional or unusual students whose scores or grades or etc. aren't great -- and as much as I like the idea of second chances, the broader human being, or whatever, those students then tend to drop out at much higher rates. It's a pretty mixed bag.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm 0

On "I Stopped Carrying a Wallet When I Became Homeless"

Clutch has always seemed to me like the worst word for a thing. Like they realized they already called it a "handbag" and were like, but what has more hands than handbag? CLUTCH.

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm 1

On Open Thread: When Do You Replace Your Phone?

@HelloTheFuture Nicole! I still have and love my Evo and it's even older than yours.

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:55 am 0

On The Ultimate Hummus Showdown

HAHAHA just loling in my cubicle about "Indeed. Much yellow. So spices."

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:48 am 1

On Give Your Kids Video Games to Teach Them About Money

Oh this is perfect because I'm playing Chrono Trigger right now and mentally plotting a book about its similarities to and differences from FF games.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm 0

On The Billfold Book Club: David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'

@Meaghano That timeline is good for me too. I read Suze Orman and had to spend amounts of free time over a few months to do all the things she inspired me to do! Growth and change take time!

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm 0

On The Billfold Book Club: David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'

Can I make a book club suggestion? There isn't room in my life schedule for a financial nonfiction book every month, but Nicole, your fictional financial biographies are just the most wonderful thing -- what if we had a thread to discuss the financial situations of persons in some classic short fiction or novels? I'd love something I could read pretty quickly or revisit with a skim and then talk about that way. I don't feel a strong need to assess and constructively criticize a financial advice book. But YMMV!

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm 0

On Surprise! Women Are Criticized More Personally in Performance Reviews

@francesfrances I'm curious if men's performance reviews contain any statements as peculiar as "You're a giver." Men, please tell us!

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm 0

On When Restaurant Workers Can't Afford to Eat

This is a really tough issue. There is one major restaurant in Chicago that unionized and just has fucked with its workers so much because of it -- not in a union-busty way but like, restaurant profit margins are already laughably small. I don't know what the right answer should be. It's not right to exploit workers ever, of course, but we might all just have to get used to paying much higher checks at restaurants.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm 0

On Around the World on $80 a Day

@RiffRandell Yes . . . I typoed? but I still want the noodles.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm 0