On The Massage Conundrum: WWYD?

Two at the known place! Also if I ever win a lottery or somehow gain literal millions, I would hire a full time masseuse to just follow me around and provide me massages at a whim. Of course they would be paid well and full benefits and all that. BUT ! on demand massages OMG.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:55 am 1

On Concerning the Moral Obligations of the Wealthy

@Josh Michtom@facebook I am nearly double the median and I do NOT feel anywhere near comfortable. Damn my stupid county. Your second issue somewhat begets a question about defining real world benefit. Or, perhaps, what types of organizations/causes/etc would be tithe-able..

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm 0

On Concerning the Moral Obligations of the Wealthy

Aggh! These types of thought exercises keep me up at night. That aside, I do agree with your premise that after a certain point income demands charity. Perhaps a better way to structure an income “limit” may be median income by county and/or adjusted cost of living by county, (many states are far too varied, in my opinion). I would also increase it to 4x the median as the max. And then perhaps a person gets to decide a percentage (30? 50?) of where that surrendered/donated money goes, but that % decreases inversely to their income, preventing your original issue with the wealthy contributing to things that propagate.. themselves.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:11 pm 0

On Our Attempt at a $20-a-Day Budget

@eatmoredumplings AGREED. That was a very judgeypants and rude response.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:44 am 0

On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

@ATF Yikes!! I would've had a minor panic attack or gone all Liam Neeson a la Taken. It's also alarming how much tailoring actually costs. I felt I had small adjustments but it still was around $500.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:33 pm 2

On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

Hmm. Everything? I distinctly remember a few late night sob sessions to my then-fiance about our assumed budget of $25,000. It felt like an absurd amount of cash. Actual cost: $45,000. Yay.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm 1

On Concerning Eschewing Ivies and Raising Working-Class Heroes

Back in my halcyon days of youth I dated a few extremely wealthy men. And this: "you can’t cogitate your way to sympathy with people of different backgrounds" - is just painfully accurate. My middle class background was often a confusing and befuddling thought exercise for them.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:20 am 0

On Concerning Eschewing Ivies and Raising Working-Class Heroes

@Josh Michtom@facebook This is an excellent comment on corporations. I may use it sometime, but I will give you full credit/royalties.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:13 am 0

On Our Attempt at a $20-a-Day Budget

@Emily Kaye Lazzaro Well, I see your point but disagree. The treasurer is there to work with all citizens, regardless of their wealth or non-wealth. You are owed that money due to your living situation, which the city feels justifies a return. Just a warning: you will need to do this shit A LOT for your kid (esp as they get older). That is, deal with people and argue and whatever because kid needs [something]. It sucks, but it is part of parent life.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:59 am 0

On Our Attempt at a $20-a-Day Budget

@LookUponMyWorks We registered the shit out of the practical stuff because I just did not want to bother. Then we got a few gift cards too to purchase some fun things! Between that, some Craigslist scouting, vintage/antique stores, and friends who were done with babies, we spent very little $$ prepping for our kid.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0