On Paying for Dinner

Ooh! Classy. I had a problem on my birthday when I wanted to take my mostly-grown kids out to dinner. I fully intended to pay, but when the check came my SIL insisted on paying. I didn't want to argue but I felt weird because I had invited them. Next year I'll go find the waiter.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 9:53 am 0

On The 35-hour Work Week

When I was a kid in school, I was told more than once, in no uncertain terms, that by the time we entered the work force we'd have a 4 day week. I'm still bitter that it didn't happen. A 4-day work week is just about ideal.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm 0

On Privilege Check On Aisle Nine

Some of the questions are kind of stupid and show a prejudice in favor of things like owning a car in high school. How about if you grew up in an upper east side NY townhouse and took the subway to your elite private school? Is that not privileged enough. Truly one of the few kids at my school who drove daily was Jeffrey Katzenberg who had a car because he worked for Mayor Lindsay after school. Sometimes he gave me a lift cuz he had a crush on me. I thought he was too big a nerd to take seriously (wah, wah!). And more privilege I'm not even going to go into but no, I didn't have a car in high school, unlike every suburban and country hooligan.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm 0

On The Case of the Missing Package

I usually have things shipped to my office because I worry about some of the riff-raff in my building. But yeah, I have to lug it home. Sometimes I make a nice handle on the box out of clear packing tape. Once I ordered a new kitchen sink and accidentally (by default) had it shipped to my office. Luckily, I worked late and got to take it home in a black car paid for by my work. Also luckily, I had a small handcart in my office. Whew!

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm 0

On The Medical Billing Snafu

@yellowshoes It's hard to call the insurer and get that information while sitting in the exam room in your paper gown. Easier to tell the doctor that you only authorize using a lab that's in-network.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:48 am 0

On The Medical Billing Snafu

Our health care system is really something, isn't it? Even when you ask, no one can tell you with any certainty what you'll be charged for a particular service. It's like being mugged-- you have to open your wallet and they take what they want. Sucks!!! One of the few things you can kinda control is only using doctors and services in-network, to get the much lower, negotiated fees. Take this as a learning experience and going forward, never accept the "good lab" without asking that crucial question! I too have learned this the hard way.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 10:01 am 0

On Some Costs Associated With My Roommate’s Boyfriend

Why have you put up with this for more than a MONTH? You have some serious doormat issues. Take control of this situation ASAP. There is no reason for him to be in the space and not pay his fair share. If not, he needs to leave. For the urination alone, I would be kicking him to the curb. (Why can men not AIM their pee stream??????)

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm 2

On Anderson Cooper Has His Own Millions, Thank You

@readyornot Lost and spent. I know the family very well. Yes, I saw that the Post reported that. I don't think it's true. She has a lot of expensive clothes and jewelry and furniture, used. And a co-op. Not that kind of cash however.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm 0

On Anderson Cooper Has His Own Millions, Thank You

I have some inside info on Gloria V. and Im pretty sure she's not sitting on $200mil. Where did you get that from? She's inherited a lot, made a lot, and also lost a lot and spent loads in her long lifetime.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm 0

On Are Cosmetic Subscription Services Worth It?

I don't want an additional monthly bill, even a small one. I feel silly subscribing to Graze, but it comes to me at my office and cheers me up once a week, so. But emotional attachment make-up-- YES!!! My mom always used a liquid rouge that came in a small glass bottle, a drugstore product, nothing fancy. I would just collapse into a heap of jelly, and tears, if I could possess one today. My mom is gone and I miss her terribly.

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm 0