Who else is watching the Super Bowl mostly for the commercials?
“I don’t want a tattoo on my forehead. How about my wrist?”
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!
Are you feeling good about your financial outlook this year?
• 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.”)
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.”)
Take it back now y’all.
We haven’t forgotten! It’s time to check in with our debt payments. If you’re joining us for the first time, you can read about our decision to publicly keep track of our debt here.
This week, we’ve decided to test out Branch, a new site that allows you to invite people to join you in conversations online. We’re decided to try it out by using the topic of friends and disappointing careers, and after we started the conversation, a few people from the Branch community asked if they could join the conversation.
A secret about bread.