On Please Hold: The Next Representative Will Be With You Shortly

When I first moved to NYC, I had Verizon Fios, and found their customer service to be far superior to the TWC I had in North Carolina. Granted, it was my roommate's account that I pitched in for, so maybe he hated them, I don't know. I then moved out of that apartment and had to spend the next 2 years suffering the multiple indignities once again thrust upon me by TWC, so I thought that once I moved to my new place and switched back to Verizon I would finally be at peace. Apparently Verizon has started sucking recently. Ugh. I really need RCN to lay lines by my new place, like, immediately.

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm 0

On Places I've Lived: Monster House, Single-Women-Only Complex, & More

Whoa whoa whoa, can we rewind to the part of the story where your college roommate STOLE A JACKSON POLLACK?

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm 0

On Why Is Air Travel so Expensive? Because of Institutional Investors

@HelloTheFuture @Mike Dang So many thanks to both of you for being so upfront and open and open-hearted in this thread. I hope that I didn't come across as of the opinion that Nicole (or anyone) should or shouldn't be writing for the site - I do remember the Logan days; I was actually a much more frequent reader then than I am now, and I do like a lot of Nicole's posts, this one just surprised me. It's good perspective to be reminded that Logan was really bad with money. Nicole - I hope you like Finance for Dummies! I really enjoyed it.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 5:26 pm 2

On Why Is Air Travel so Expensive? Because of Institutional Investors

@HelloTheFuture Oh I can see where that would be misleading, sure. Thanks for explaining it a bit - I hope you don't think I'm hammering you, because I learn new stuff about the finance world every single day!

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 3:20 pm 0

On Why Is Air Travel so Expensive? Because of Institutional Investors

@pjgrau You're absolutely right that it isn't strictly an investing website. But it seems to be a "help teach young adults how to do money" website, and my opinion is that if your job is to help run a "teach young adults how to do money" website, you should know the bare-minimum basics of most "how to do money" topics. Then again I assume Nicole is pretty young herself! And not everyone learns the same things at the same time, especially about money (which is a whole separate topic; why isn't money management taught in middle/high school???). She NOW knows what mutual funds are, and I'm sure she's not the only one who learned about them today either. But still. LOL.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm 0

On Why Is Air Travel so Expensive? Because of Institutional Investors

@RJA Air tickets ARE cheap, yes, but it's worth noting (as "anecdata") that falling oil prices really have not benefited airline passengers much if at all. The airlines are holding prices steady and keeping the profits, sharing the wealth with their investors. Flights could still be cheaper.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm 0

On Why Is Air Travel so Expensive? Because of Institutional Investors

@pjgrau What @CL said - if you write for and help manage a financial-advice/finance-related website, maybe take an Investing 101 class. Or read Finance for Dummies (like I did). Investing is SUCH a huge part of so many people's financial lives; it behooves her to educate herself.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm 0

On Why Is Air Travel so Expensive? Because of Institutional Investors

@CL Okay I am so glad I am not the only one who read that sentence twice and was completely baffled by how someone could think that a mutual fund is just a magical entity that, with no management by a portfolio manager, grew and made everyone lots of money. Granted, I work on Wall Street, but it seems pretty obvious... I see T. Rowe commercials all the time! And Northwestern Mutual! That's how the system WORKS! Nicole I am really sorry if this comes off as mean, but... how else did you think mutual funds worked?

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm 1

On Am I Hurting Hotel Housekeepers' Income by Not Leaving My Hotel Room?

What I've heard you can do is just let the front desk know when you check in that you will be working in the room all day (or from x to y, as the situation applies) and you prefer not to be disturbed. Housekeeping has meetings every morning, or are at least given daily lists of which rooms to clean/when, so if your room is on the "do not clean" list, they shouldn't be bothering you. And put the Do Not Disturb sign out too, that should help remind them before they knock.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm 0

On Our Adult Wardrobe

I decided back in college that the hallmark of being an Adult with a Real Job was a suit from Benetton. I finally saved up and bought one, wore it once, and now it's been stashed in the back of my closet for 5 years or so. I don't think it was that crazy-expensive either, and I should just take it to consignment, but some part of me keeps thinking I'll need it. (I will not need it.)

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm 0