Ummm...perhaps the multiple, possibly prescription, pills she took also contributed to the purchase.
I am by no means any type of medical expert, but my firm conspiracy-theory opinion is that doctors of all sorts do extra tests that aren't really necessary (especially with fancy machines) in order to make more money. There are only so many hours in the day and therefore so many patients they can see. In order to give themselves a raise every year, they have to do something and I believe your glaucoma test falls under this motivation.
@garli Right? Pretty sure Nicole could move anywhere Billfold readers are and have immediate friends. Need a list Nicole? ;)
Those Fluevog shoes do not look any more comfortable than regular heels to me. Not really seeing the appeal, plus this is the first time I've ever heard of them.
@Non-anonymous True. But "public infrastructure" includes a lot of things besides trains. I could see this as an issue of a lot of politicians not wanting to fund trains with federal money because their state/city/whatever doesn't use them. Here in the midwest we're lucky if we have a bus system for mass transit, let alone something more extensive. I think many people don't want their hard earned tax dollars going to fund transportation that to them seems to only benefit others. Obviously this isn't a mentality that's limited to infrastructure, but it is probably easier for them to justify using the money on features we have throughout the entire nation (roads, utility lines, etc) that need help just as badly.
@allyscully I like your comment. I agree there are multiple arguments here, and at least from the interview alone, it is not clear which one(s) are the focus of the book and whether the author is making the case that they are good or bad.
Wow, I'm just amazed by the Mad Libs aspect of the article. I imagine that took some fancy techno-wizadry to do. If you are looking at the text and you click a different county, you can see the sections highlight briefly that are being changed due to the data selected.
PRO: Being an introvert and not having to deal with anyone in person. Just Skype & email. @JaneA, I got a standing desk and that helps with the sitting all day. I'm still in one place most of the day, but I do move around more, switching between feet up, etc.
Holy smokes. I had no idea someone could plan on (and be comfortable with) spending $2000 on one meal. My husband and I go out to "fancy" local restaurants a few times a year and think it's steep to spend $200. I mean, this whole trip is the kind of thing I'd like to do someday, but in my heart of hearts I think I am waaaaaaaaay to frugal to ever do it. But that would be one helluva memory.
Nicole, this is pertinent to your do 1 thing! Also this writer is awesome.