@tales What a bigoted rant of yours. "All chefs are adherents to lame performative masculinty". Way to go judging a field that employs over four million people in this country alone, a way above average number of minorities and women compared to other blue collar jobs, without knowing much about it. Yes, the kitchen does not adhere to your petty little passive aggressive yellow postit note on monitor cubeville world, but it is - all and all - one of the last remaining meritocracies of the old order, that is not a pseudo-meritocracy set up to disadvantage a class within it and justify failure that way. Of the sixteen employees in my current job, seven are women, eleven are minorities, six are recovering addicts, five are openly gay or lesbian, two are disabled veterans, and five have extensive criminal records. And nothing, not one of those things, matters to the kitchen, to the staff, to the diner, or me. All that matters is that you get your prep done in time, your mise is clear, your line is humming, and you don't throw us into the weeds. Literally all that matters and all that differentiates respect or hate in this field is not screwing up and, if you do, fixing it fast and with a mea culpa following (usually in form of you buying drinks after work). There is a reason we work here. We work here because no one ever starts blathering pseudo-intellectual bullshit using "socio-progressive dynamics" as a construct. You work your share you're respected. And, hate to break it to you, there is no gender difference in the ability to work hard and not screw up.
I love state-funded health care. I love it SO much. After having lived in two countries that have it (New Zealand and England) and one that doesn't (the U.S.) I can tell you that the level of care I have received in each country has been exactly the same - that is, good, and sometimes great. I want to stand on a roof and scream about it until the whole of the U.S. accepts that it is a GOOD THING. But I don't want the next thing that my health insurance pays for to be psychiatric care for me, so I won't.
I understand your irritation with white people prices, but you have to understand that to them, 2 dollars to them means a lot more than 2 dollars to you.
Any road trip where 25% of the cost is "Ukulele" is alright by me.
Make her fight for the grape is usually my go-to sex advice.
@Weasley He went to South Africa without a visa. It's not a catch-22, it's bad planning.
Salary/beer ratio is too low. I'm not moving there. Plus, frankly, sitting inside all the time nursing $18 wine, making tomorrow's sandwiches, and counting the weeks until your next vacation sounds utterly miserable to me. Y'all can keep your top spots on all the human development rankings, I'll be literally anywhere else in Europe...
@RachelG8489 Chop up your furniture for firewood! Pawn your tools! Eat your seed corn!
I love these stories!
Would have liked to see more discussion of how poverty is something that many people, due to lack of access to education among many other factors, are forced to live with forever. They can't grow out of it like you and your husband. There's just something about "living off of beans and rice for a week ruled" that's incredibly irritating when you consider how many people live, and will live, forever like that.