On I Don't Get Las Vegas

@bgprincipessa I TOTALLY went to Vegas at 13 or 14 with my mom! Although I can pinpoint my request specifically to being really "in" to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and fancying myself some kind of rebel. I have no idea what we actually did there though—I think we just drove around to the various hotels and wandered? (Which is basically what I do there now, so I suppose being 13 didn't make all THAT much difference.)

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm 0

On I Don't Get Las Vegas

I live a day's drive away, so close enough that I've had Vegas weekends that were The Best and Vegas weekends that were The Worst. The common theme of the Worst ones was doing anything "Vegas-y" that 5000 people were also trying to do at the same time (checking in on Friday night, going to the free hotel party pool, trying to park your car literally anywhere, etc.) For my better experiences, Vegas was usually just a backdrop to whatever else I was doing (show, concert, reunion, whatever) that allowed me to walk around pretending I was in the Rat Pack.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm 0

On Let's Help FT Make Work Poetry Happen

I once won entry to an overbooked psychology class by crafting a series of behavioral psych-related limericks, so... [cracks knuckles]

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm 0

On Remembrance of College Interviews Past

Ha! Man, I have absolutely no recollection of anything I said or didn't say in any of my college interviews. I do remember doing an interview for Yale (I wanted to be Rory Gilmore) and while we were talking, the guy was taking written notes on me IN RUSSIAN, which even as an anxious 17-year-old I recognized as the most goddamn pretentious thing I'd ever seen.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm 1

On True Value: One Pair of Black Pumps From Payless ShoeSource

Ha, this is great! Whenever I read those articles about calculating the "true value" of items—usually used to justify a $1000 leather jacket that is *really* only $250 if you wear it 4 times!!!—I think about the $5 Target t-shirt I've worn probably 100 times and will continue to wear until it's literally shredding on my body. I'm trying to balance my wardrobe with more "investment pieces" now, but the true value calculation always seemed silly! This has totally inspired me to seek out some adult shoes though and I'm stalking all the recs in the comments.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm 0

On Are You an Unwitting Participant in The Athleisure Market?

Do aspirational purchases from The Rock's "Team Bring It" line count?

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm 0

On Susan Miller on Salary Negotiations

Ha, at one of my first interviews after college I really lowballed myself, and for "salary requirements" I basically filled in a number that was my rent plus a TINY allowance for food/other extravagancies. I realized almost immediately I shouldn't have put my literal base survival number... but then they called back and said, "We really liked you, but your salary request was much too high." I basically laughed them off the phone and said, "Well, that's too bad then." I still see them around town and wonder how much they ended up paying whoever they did hire!

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm 0

On Rejecting Money

@madrassoup I actually didn't realize PayPal doesn't charge a fee for money transfers (as I knew they did for purchases), so... probably a lot of it is millennial consumer ignorance :) That being said, I don't use Venmo either, and had never heard of it until this post! So I'm probably not the best sample.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm 0

On Crazy Interviews and What They Cost

Ahh I interviewed at some... start-up? Media? Tech company? I don't even remember. It was in some dinky office park and they still had boxes everywhere, but clearly felt they were the Next Big Thing. It was for some really basic receptionist/office assistant position, and in discussing my experience, the guy asked if I had brought a portfolio with me so he could see some samples of (among other things) emails I had sent. Like, he wanted a hard-copy portfolio with particularly good examples of my supposed "emailing skills." Uh, no, dude. I did not bring my email portfolio, sorry. Then in order to test my Spanish proficiency (note: I am Latina), he had another guy come into the interview who PRETENDED TO ORDER MEXICAN FOOD from me, because he was the foremost Spanish speaker in the office but that was the only context in which he could speak it. D:

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm 6

On The Cost of Seeing Beyoncé and Jay Z in Concert

Ahh I just went this weekend in LA! I totally knew what that gif was gonna be before I even clicked, because when she did it live my inner monologue was most definitely "She's doing the thing! SHE'S DOING THE THING!" As a West Coast comparison: - I think my tickets were more like $45, also towards the back but NOT in the bench seating that was one section over. I was just about the point on the stairs where people would pause, look up to see how far they still had to go, sigh, and keep walking. I'd also assumed it would be super expensive, and just bought them like two weeks before the show when I saw there were still tickets left. - All alcoholic drinks there were $14! Though the wine may have been slightly cheaper. I got a corn dog, chips, and lemonade for $12 (ugh). They also tried to hassle my dietary-restricted bf for bringing in fruit when the website specifically said you could. - Parking on-site at the Rose Bowl lot was $40!!!!!! I refused, REFUSED to pay that, so I made us get there 2 hours early and we found a street spot about a mile away. Totally worth it when we saw the line of cars trying to get out after the show and we breezed on out through the neighborhood streets. - I totally fell for the $40 shirt. But I justified it 'cause I'd already taken the cash out in case we had to pay for parking, so Mint already considered it lost.

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm 0