As a summer baby, I would just like to point out that we have put up with YEARS of being ignored on our birthdays. In elementary school, my parents would postpone my birthday party until after labor day because otherwise no one would be able to attend. In middle school and high school, it was generally spent as a low key day with my family. In college, it was always forgotten. "Friends" would get upset if birthday gifts were delayed because of lack of funds, when I hadn't even gotten a phone call or a text on my birthday. So stop complaining about how suddenly, EVERYONE has a summer birthday. Second of all, if someone is expecting you to to pick up a large tab to celebrate their birthday, then you have the wrong friends. Most friends of mine have dinners for about 6 people and things tend to split closer to $50/person including alcohol and the birthday kid. Alternatively, you could offer to organize something fun and cheap instead like a pot luck dinner at an out door concert. Basically, don't wine on someone else's birthday. If you don't want to go, DON"T GO. Its not rocket science.
@andnowlights No tendinitis, I just think that varying exercise is a good thing. :)
I am going to NJ for the weekend to visit some family friends. I think we will be hanging out at the house mostly. I estimate $60 for the weekend. $35 for train fare and $25 for incidentals.
Oh Ester! Make this: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/92016862558/watercress-with-seared-prosciutto-peaches Look how is easy it is/fancy it looks. My one thing is buy a practical swim suit so that I can swim laps at the pool.
Really trying to have a low cost weekend after all the money I spent during the 4th! Hoping to keep it to $50 and under.
So many thoughts: 1. I think this event is totally cool and actually reasonably priced if you consider what people can charge in New York City if they actually want to. This event will cost them quite a bit to put on. (Food, increased--union--security, guides, event staff, etc.) 2. From an Arts Admin stand point, I think its totally brilliant. They are trying to appeal to a younger population and try new things. Its not, let's have a cocktail party and just invite young people. Its more, what do people want from a museum and how can we give it to them. 3. As someone who has events for museums and day long events for small groups, I'm stressed out on behalf of the planning team. I hope that they actually get some comp days.
I think that J could simply donate money to a charity that the couple care about in lieu of giving a thing or a check. It could be a more productive way to channel J's indignation.
@boogers mcgee Vamoose is great! Especially if you are actually going to a suburb and not dc itself.
I used to be a devoted follower of BoltBus but I have noticed in the last few years that the service has vastly deteriorated. The last straw was waiting an hour and a half in the rain for a late bus with no employee in site. If someone had said that the bus was stuck in traffic and would be atleast an hour, we could have gotten out of the rain and gotten a cup of coffee or something. I now only take DC2NY now terribly renamed BestBus. The employees are friendly, the buses are clean, and the buses always leave on time! Each ticket is a flat $30 but is totally worth the extra $10.
I'm going to a friend's good bye party and then doing some chores around the house. I would say $50 for me and than another $50 to donate in my friend's name to the charity of her choice.