On How Wizards Do Money: Dean Thomas

@Glen Raphael@facebook Wizards seem to have a pretty limited ability to change their own appearance, though -- if you're a metamorphmagus, you're gold, but otherwise you have to rely on Polyjuice Potion, which is complicated to brew and, if you're using it to maintain the same appearance for a long time, requires either convincing the person you want to look like to keep giving you their hair or forcing them to. (I mean, admittedly this doesn't make that much sense given the other stuff wizards can do, but it's canon.)

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm 0

On Did Your Parents Lie About Your Age To Get Lower Ticket Prices, And Did That Scar You For Life?

@binfluenza I had the opposite experience -- I don't look older than I am nowadays, but I was a tall and highly-verbal kid, so people tended to assume I was older than my actual age. I don't think my parents were ever denied a child's price -- I would guess that most places discourage their employees from arguing with parents about how old their kid is, and even if they don't the employees probably don't consider it worth the trouble -- but when I was by myself as an older kid, I was occasionally told that I couldn't have the 12-and-under ticket, was too old for the playground, etc.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm 0

On Got $400? Stay at the New Harry Potter Themed Hotel Rooms

@annev17 Yeah, the execution doesn't seem great. HOWEVER, if you want to stay in a Harry Potter-themed room, there's a hotel in Newport, Oregon, that themes all its rooms after authors, and they have a J.K. Rowling room that 1) actually looks more Harry Potter-y than those, like, there's a stuffed owl in a cage and shit, and 2) is only $160 a night.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 9:45 am 0

On Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I'd Pay Off Every Month

@readyornot You're SEETHING at a company expecting their customers to pay them on the agreed schedule? I mean, I am sympathetic to Meaghan, God knows my payment due date has slipped my mind a few times and I'm not even that busy, but it's not like the credit card company agreed to just supply indefinite free money to me -- either I pay them on time or I pay the interest.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm 7

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@Thingamabob Well, it doesn't necessarily come with a "... or we're breaking up now" stipulation. (I mean, odds are that will be the result of a no answer. But it generally isn't explicit, and I can at least imagine a situation where a no answer to a proposal doesn't end the relationship.)

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm 0

On The Cost of Making My Own Sub Sandwich

@moreadventurous Yeah, Jimmy John's scoops out the top half of the bread. That's where the lettuce goes.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm 0

On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

@madrassoup Well, they have gotten out of "that particular game" -- that game being accepting credit cards. If they can take only cash and still have enough customers to turn a profit, then, yes, they can afford to be in business in spite of not being able to afford the costs of accepting cards. I think the closer comparison to the "If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to eat out" attitude would be business that charge customers a fee for using their cards -- if you can't afford to pay the processor charges, then you can't afford to accept credit cards, and you might be better off just going cash-only.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 10:59 am 0

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $539,000

@Ester Bloom The difference is whether the louvres themselves (the horizontal slats) can be opened and closed. Plantation shutters have a vertical rod up the center of the slats, and you can pull it up and down to adjust the angle of the slats, like with miniblinds -- so the shutters can be closed (over the windows), but "open" to let light in between the slats.

Posted on October 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm 1

On The Real Cost of Prescription Drugs

@readyornot Yeah, I had a pharmacy visit recently where my prescriptions didn't get run through my insurance and I didn't catch it -- the total was higher than I expected, but not ludicrously high enough that I didn't just chalk it up to "ugh why is this shit always so expensive," and I didn't realize until the next time I went to the pharmacy that they didn't have my insurance information. It would have been great if that first pharmacist had said "And do you have an insurance plan we can run this through today?" or something.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm 0

On How a 'Sugar Baby' Does Money

So how do you approach the money arrangement? How explicit or up-front is that negotiation? I guess I'm wondering about the space in between "guys don't want to think of it as a transaction" and "I have a date rate" -- how do you broach the subject of what your 'date rate' is, or how large of a monthly 'allowance' you expect, without setting off that transactional feeling?

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm 2