A Thread That Is Open

Creative Mornings is a monthly lecture series started by Tina Eisenberg that now takes place in over 40 cities around the world. Last month’s New York speaker was Jessica Jackley, one of the founders of international micro-loan non-profit Kiva. The theme was MONEY. (She starts talking about the awkwardness of talking about money at about 13:00!)

Open Thread

Hope you enjoy your Presidents Day! (And hope you get take the day off.)

Open Thread

If we’re going to be snowed in this weekend, we might as well queue up all the classics.

Open Thread

Who else is watching the Super Bowl mostly for the commercials?

Open Thread

“I don’t want a tattoo on my forehead. How about my wrist?”

Open Thread

This seemed to work last week, so we’re going to try having this again!


Photo: jfrancis

Open Thread

We’ve received a few requests to post an end-of-the-week open thread, and after a little nudge from The Hairpin’s Nicole Cliffe last week, we thought we’d try it out to see if it’s something readers want. So here it is! Have a great weekend, everyone!

What’s Your Financial Outlook This Year?

Are you feeling good about your financial outlook this year?

Lessons Were Learned

We learned some things.

Six Stories About Our Lines of Work

• Julie Beck recalled her time working at a pizza parlor. (“We were supposed to weigh our cheese in a little metal bowl on a little metal scale and limit each pie to a scant few ounces. I felt the customers should get their money’s worth of mozzarella, so I would grab it by the fistful and plop it on with abandon.”)

5 Sick Stories About Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll

1. Caroline Leung talked to her friend who does sex work in Canada (“She has no problem calling herself a hooker, or prostitute, or what her clients prefer: an escort.”)

2. Michael Hobbes talked to his friend who did sex work in Denmark (“On the night when he first began his transition from IT administrator to freelance prostitute, Henrik opened the Excel file called ‘personal economy.’”)

3. + 4. Jeff Winkler wrote about his drug dealer (“Part of my philosophy in selling drugs is that I’m not going to actively seek it out.”) and his drinking problem (“Last month, I made about $500 dollars, about $250 of which went toward booze.”)

5. S.T. VanAirsdale bought and sold his dream guitar (“I have gone through most of my adult life being irresponsible. I go to work not to make a living so much as to have the wherewithal to do stupid things.”)

8 People Who Answered Our Somewhat Invasive Questions About Their Money

Take it back now y’all.