On Happy Equal Pay Day!

Already had to argue with a man today who said "You can't pay everyone the same, that's not fair!" Also, not what Equal Pay Day means. Gah.

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm 2

On The Business of Sitting on Airplanes

@Caitlin with a C Also, isn't taking the aisle an implicit promise that you won't sleep so deeply that you can't get up and let your seatmates off? I love the aisle (not for sleeping, just for mobility) and for that I tolerate getting up and letting my seatmates in and out. Only fair.

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 10:41 am 0

On The Business of Sitting on Airplanes

I would never have the cojones to just sit in someone else's seat and assume they would give it up for me. And I would definitely be less inclined to honor a request to switch from someone who did that! I don't even like asking to switch, to be honest. The last time I flew with my boyfriend we didn't get seats together (booked too late) and we just rolled with it. My seatmate was shocked that we hadn't tried to switch, but -- it's only 2 hours, and he was going to sleep the whole time anyway. Flying is just an exercise in conflict avoidance.

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 10:40 am 0

On The Business of Sitting on Airplanes

@Christy I hope you are traveling everywhere I am! Those middles are a hard sell.

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 10:35 am 0

On The Billions We Spend on Our Annual Check-Ups

@aetataureate Whoa, I think I had one of these a few years ago but I never knew this term.

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 2:20 pm 0

On The Billions We Spend on Our Annual Check-Ups

@therealjaygatsby I don't blame you! it's a huge hassle. One thing that has really helped me is the website Zocdoc because you can see doctors by neighborhood, find the ones who actually take your insurance and do the bookings online so you don't have to call them. For me, the calling/ asking is always the worst part. On the downside, Zocdoc is fairly new so there might not be a ton of doctors in your area who use it.

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm 0

On The Billions We Spend on Our Annual Check-Ups

@Stina Thanks for pointing out the chronic illness/ prescription angle. Whether I want to or not I need to check in every year to get my med calibrated. Kinda inconvenient but preventatively speaking, I have to believe it is doing some good. On the bright side, this has allowed me to form the kind of relationships with my docs that I can be candid about them and ask them questions about my non-serious condition and get real answers. But that is also a luxury of having good docs and health insurance.

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm 0

On Tax Season Anxiety

Just say "Aw man, I wish I had gotten a refund!" and leave it there. I think you're overestimating how seriously anyone else would take this! Tax time is just an occasion for small talk.

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm 0

On When Teens Commute to Part-time Jobs

Most of my part-time work in high school was baby-sitting, and most of that was less than 10 minutes from my house. But when I was 16 I took a baby-sitting job that I drove to and from 20 minutes each way; it paid a little more and was kind of a unique situation (special/ high-needs kid, a friend's brother). Gas prices were so much cheaper then, though, that it's hard to account for how that would have changed my opinion. (Also, my folks paid for my gas at the time in exchange for me carting all my siblings to school.)

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm 0

On In Which I Learn How Much I Will Be Paying in 2014 Taxes

Welcome to the other side! The first year I had some freelance income which caused me to owe, everyone who mentioned what they were going to spend their tax return on within earshot caused me to cringe. It was the bitterest pill. This is one reason so many people are loath to jump into self-employment, even though as you have already seen its benefits are manifold. What you have to tell yourself is that you are increasing your income overall, growing your business and succeeding. It sucks but next year you'll be better prepared than this year. Hey, at least you paid some of your estimateds! A lot of people don't even get that far. You can for sure allow yourself to crawl into bed over this, because it sucks. For one night, maybe 2 or 3. But what I see here is that you are doing great. Great enough to pay more in taxes.

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm 1