@Caitlin with a C I have had free drinks at smaller, more "indie" hotels. Unfortunately never the same hotels that have the waffle station.
@MissMushkila I work for a software development company, and our dev guys are happy, for what that's worth. They are all guys though, so....
@MargaretMead It is - I sort of loved it though. I was at a small regional auction and it was mainly a huge joke. We'd drink champagne from fancy consigned glasses, and try on all the jewels.
Auctions! I worked on and off at a fine arts and antique auction for a few years, and man, what a place.
@Lee I agree with you. My partner and I were both on academic tracks, and dropped out to get boring corporate jobs that pay the bills. My job doesn't define me at all, but it does allow me to pursue my actual interests. I feel I have to explain that a lot to my cohort.
I did two years at a community college before transferring to a fairly good (Canadian) university and it is the smartest thing I ever did. Fantastic, accessible profs, small classes - and I graduated debt free and scored full funding for grad school.
@aetataureate Yeah maybe I just had some bad stores? It was basically Walmart though - even down to managers joking about closing shops that tried to unionize.
@aetataureate Just curiosity - I spent six months at a Starbucks back in 2008 and it was easily the worst job I have ever had. They'd hold us at .5 hrs under the cut-off for part-time benefits, there were no opportunities for advancement, even though we were all starving students we were forced to throw away edible food daily - do you know if any of this has changed? People are always surprised when I tell them about what a terrible job it was, as it seems Starbucks has such good PR. Maybe they've smartened up?
@limenotapple Yeah, that is basically what my husband and I do - we have set amounts that we transfer every pay into joint savings (retirement, car, vacation, emergency, food [going out to dinner fund!]) Our pay is deposited into our separate chequing accounts, which our credit cards are through, and anything left over after the savings transfers is free spending. We do freely criticize (jokingly) each others fun money purchases (he drives a twelve year old European luxury car, it's an eassy target, ha)