On Chatting About A New Era

Awwwww! Congratulations! And may your new apartment in Portland have a refrigerator made in this century and a non-creeepy super!

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0

On How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

I love the pods! Well, fine. I tolerate the pods as the most cost effective and not suicide inducing way of moving when you can't afford full-service movers. I also moved over the holidays, and I went to a family Christmas in a random place while my belongings made their way without me. ABF U-Pack was great every time I've used them. For one move, I lived in Boston, so also had to rent a U-Haul to drive my stuff to the pod. It's not so bad. Every move since 2008 has involved hiring burly people to do the heavy lifting, which is money extraordinarily well spent. Anyway: re packing the pod. General rules of packing apply (heavy stuff on the bottom), but especially pack things are tightly and as evenly as possible. That means up to the top of the pod. Don't have a couple of boxes randomly tossed on top-- they will slide around. Again: pack evenly and tightly all the way around, and secure anything that could slide when the pod gets picked up with bungees. All the heavy and bulky stuff goes in the pod, too. I've done three half-country pod moves and never had any serious breakage. And throw out the spices. You can buy new ones. Use this opportunity to purge.

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm 0

On On Checks and Checkouts

@HelloTheFuture I think you (we, because I have the same thing) can now deposit things at Capital 1 branches, if there are any in your neighborhood. And I think you can also deposit cash at some ATMs, too, which is great because I have a pile of cash I need to get into my checking account to pay an upcoming bill. Also, I think they've improved the holds on checks. I dont' get deposit for one of my jobs, but every two weeks i deposit the same amount and now it's clearing in 2 days instead of 7, which is a huge improvement.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

@garli Agreed: I don't see anything sad about having a lively dinner out with friends and family at a restaurant. In what world is that sad? Celebrating with great food you don't have to cook or clean up is awesome. (I had a year in grad school where I stayed in my shitty grad school apartment, alone, and ate a Banquet turkey pot pie. THAT was sad. Because I was a sad, pathetic, stressed person who used skipping the holiday to reinforce how sad and miserable I was.)

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

@totallyunoriginal @totallyunoriginal Yes, Bubby’s! I went there three years ago for Thanksgiving. More laid back than Balthazar, but very good. But I remember my family bitching about something, though. The bartender wasn’t obsequiousness enough, maybe? In general, French places tend to do very nice Thanksgivings. I also think Lafayette would be lovely, as I’ve had great comfort food there before. I went to Red Rooster two years ago– as a non-pork eater, I ended up not being able to eat quite a few things, unfortunately, but there was a lovely band and an overall great vibe. (I’ve eaten at a lot of restaurants for Thanksgiving. I would have loved to have gotten in on the WD-50 one, but alas, the people I’m with wouldn’t appreciate such a thing. Sigh.) ** Just checked: Lafayette has availability, the menu looks amazing. $95 p.p.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

Also, I love restaurant Thanksgiving. The food at Balthazar is way better than anything my family could ever cook, it's a beautiful spot, it's festive, and there's better booze.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:04 am 1

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

@yulya Eater, Grub Street, and the like have lists of restaurants with Thanksgiving, and usually by this time the lists of places that still have reservations available start to appear. You might end up end at a very weird hour, though. I always wait too long to book and end up telling my family-- who I don't actually want visiting me anyway in my small apartment-- that, sorry, we're eating at 8 pm, deal with it. (I'm mostly grumpy because despite telling my mom that I do not want to cook in my tiny apartment, she insists on coming. It's clearly a control thing, and I'm sick of it. Last year I just left the country and took a vacation by myself, and I'm kicking myself for not having done that this year.)

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:03 am 0

On Unnecessary, Compulsive Frugality

@HelloTheFuture I frequently calculate expenses based on how many fancy ($12-$15 + tip) cocktails something is worth. I was overcharged recently by a boutique (they charged me sales tax when they shouldn't have), and I carried the tattered receipt around for weeks until I was in the neighborhood again to get my money back because the amount was enough to buy a decent beer.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On WWYD: Bring Bottles In Yourself Or Leave Them for the Less Fortunate

Many moons ago, when I lived in Austria, I usually covered my grocery bills the last 5 or so days of the month with redeeming my deposit bottles. I drank a lot of sparkling water (Voslauer Mild, I think?) and, of course, beer, and in Austria the deposit was significant. And bread and good cheese was cheap. And in Austria, everyone-- even well-dressed people buying the fanciest of cheeses-- it seemed to me, redeemed bottles, so there wasn't that weird class issue there seems to be here. (Austrians have plenty of other weird class issues, but this wasn't one of them.) In New York, I generally toss them all in the recycling (I still drink a lot of seltzer.) I wish Fresh Direct would take the empties back and credit my account.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 10:54 am 0

On A Father/Daughter Duo Answers Your Questions: What Career Path Should I Take?

@lapgiraffe I'll add another anecdote. I turned down an assistant curator job. In 2008, which in retrospect maybe wasn't a great idea, considering how things have gone since then. But the initial salary offer was $32,000. At the time, I had a PhD, was coming off a 2-year fancy fellowship, and had other museum experience. I negotiated that up, but ended up taking a much better paid teaching gig in the end. Yes, museums are a field that make humanities teaching gigs seem well paid.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm 1