On Dating Using Discounts

Yeah, if it's somewhere you already know and love, and you just happened to find a coupon for it, that's cool... if you only picked it 'cause you knew you'd get $20 off, that seems like a potentially odd first impression. Especially on a first date, I'd much rather go somewhere that at least one of the people knows will actually be good, even if that means stepping down a Zagat star to something a little cheaper. That being said, if it was a Groupon for an "experience" that you'd never done—go-karting or whale watching or pottery painting or whatever—that seems totally natural and depending on how it was booked, the Groupon might not even come up?

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm 0

On How Do You Split the Cost of a Group Trip?

@cmcm I still have nightmares about my roommate's "fun night in" split-expense homemade taco dinner— which cost each of us something like 25-30 bucks, 'cause she charged us all for the fancy olives she liked, the fancy peppers she liked, etc. etc. etc...

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm 0

On Driver Roll Up the Partition Please Don't Need You Seeing Yonce Doing 1 Thing

@muggles And YESTERDAY, I called my health insurance to see why they kept canceling my prescription orders. Apparently since I panicked and applied through the health care marketplace twice when I didn't get a confirmation immediately, they canceled my first health plan (even though I'd paid the first month's premium) since they had received a second application afterwards. So, uh... don't do that.

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm 0

On Driver Roll Up the Partition Please Don't Need You Seeing Yonce Doing 1 Thing

I called the DMV to make sure they had received my renewal, as I sent it a few weeks ago and the check hadn't even been cashed yet. It was all very efficient: they picked up in about 5 minutes of hold time, the lady asked me a few informational questions, and then told me my payment was indeed in their system, being processed, and I'd get my stuff next week. Go (uncharacteristically efficient) DMV!

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm 0

On Do You Need to Give a Full Two Week Notice When Quitting a Job?

Ha! I was in a similar situation a few years back, EXCEPT I hated my boss/the job, didn't plan to ever use him as a reference ever ever ever, and had arranged a new job that needed me to start in a little over a week. My boss didn't show up for a few days (even after my, "Hey... are you coming in today jw") so I finally just emailed him my notice. He emailed back "ok." I had already started wrapping out my work and finding a replacement by the time he finally came in the next week, so at least I had everything pretty much ready to go. I had only been there for about two months though, and from what I understood, his assistant turnover was quite high so the process didn't seem to phase him much.

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm 0

On When We Took the SAT

Yeahhh, I totally had no idea you were supposed to study for SATs when I took them. I think I thought they were the same as those statewide standardized tests you took in class? Anyway, my family couldn't have afforded prep courses or anything, and in fact, I felt bad taking all those additional subject tests (20 bucks a pop!) even though I needed them for my colleges. I only ended up taking the SATs once, partly because I did fairly well, partly 'cause I didn't want to make my mom pay another $100 to improve my score 20 points.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm 0

On Rejected

@gelatinouscube "Your work looks like it was done from four different perspectives. Resubmit when you have learned to draw torsos."

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm 2

On Let 1 Thing Go

I would definitely suggest keeping the feature, BUT I don't know that we necessarily need you to post a real-life example from yourselves every week? Maybe style it more like the open threads, where it's more just Here is the Post Have Fun.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm 0

On Thoughts While Taking a Copyediting Test

I once took a copyediting test at a tiny newspaper where I was apparently the ONLY one to notice that they spelled a country's name wrong and I DIDN'T GET THE JOB.

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm 0

On A Few Ways S.F. Tech Can Work to Be Hated Marginally Less

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm 0