On Uber Aversion

@ronswansonluva I don't think they have a good thing going! Some cities have it better than others. At the end of the day, we as consumers have to make a choice. Sometimes that choice is between the lesser of two evils. Sometimes Uber is the lesser of two evils if the alternate systems in place in a city are poor. We do whatever makes sense for ourselves. But that doesn't mean we can't ask companies to do better, and if anything, that is something we can all agree on.

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 1:47 pm 1

On Uber Aversion

@blueSF Oh totally, the taxicab industry is far from perfect, but you can tip them whatever you want (Uber discourages tipping and doesn't provide a way to do it on their app), and cab drivers have organized into labor unions like the National Taxi Workers' Alliance, which gives them some leverage when it comes to fair employment practices (Uber drivers can't unionize against Uber, because they aren't considered actual employees and clearly have no say when someone at the top arbitrarily decides to change their compensation system). Uber is this multibillion-dollar company that can do a few simple things to take care of the drivers who make them money (including not handing them over to usurious subprime loan companies), and if they really want to "disrupt" the industry they need to do more than just easily connect riders to drivers and collect money. But my sense, as I note at the end, is that they actually don't care about drivers—why would they if they can just have the cars do all the work?

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm 2

On The Cost of Dealbreakers While Making Travel Plans

@Tripleoxer Hah, well, I haven't talked about the additional cost with them yet, but they're pretty chill and may just be like, "Oh, nevermind!" Plus the additional cost would be similar to if we stayed at hotels instead of a rental. Also, since the U.S. dollar and euro are in near parity this year, I don't mind the additional cost so much.

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 11:35 am 0

On The Yoghurt Factor

Hah, if I lived in Brooklyn I would consider the coop, but also, the thought of adding a coop shift to my schedule stresses me out too much. I will pay for convenience!

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:31 am

On Phone Calls From Parents

I do! I've been an editor at Longreads before I started this site, and it was acquired last year by the company behind WordPress, so I'm often traveling for work for them. But I've always been the kind of person who's juggled multiple jobs so I can have enough money to help my folks out.

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

On Let's All Run Away to Europe Together

Someone needs to write a thing teaching me how to extend a stopover in a city like that and make an additional trip out of it

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

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

About who should and shouldn't be writing for this site: Long-time readers know that this site was co-founded by Logan, a person who was admittedly, brutally honest about how terrible she was with money and certainly didn't know anything about investing. But she wrote from her own point of view and a lot of people related to her. Not all of her posts were perfect. Nicole's written a lot about her life and people have found these stories to be very relatable. Not all of her posts are perfect. None of us are perfect. Nicole's going to go out and read up some more so she won't present information incorrectly, and good for her! As for the site going downhill, I'm going to go ride a soapbox car down that hill and read the comments in the story that precedes this post.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm 6

On Last Minute Taxes Reminder! Complete With Help


Posted on April 8, 2015 at 2:32 pm

On That One Gray Crewneck Sweatshirt

Hah OF COURSE! Edited

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:57 am

On What's Your Limit When Waiting for a Table?

It's the actual bowl of "Spicy Red Chili Ramen" that I ate from our Plan B—Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop—where there was zero waiting.

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 10:20 am