On Dollar Guilt in the Land of the Collapsing Ruble

This is fascinating and so well written. Thanks for sharing.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:12 am 2

On Who Is the Wealthiest Woman in Each State?

@moreadventurous Yeah that can't be right, maybe it's a typo and it's supposed to be $360 million? Alternatively, it could come from a pre-nup or something of the like, since they only got married in 2012. If it's that, there's still no way she's the richest woman in DC.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@avianbonesyndrome Also, if you're going tomorrow, I highly suggest trying to go to the Kyrgios-Robredo match. Kyrgios is an up-and-coming 19-year-old, and he's the real deal, and extremely fun to watch. I would bet that match goes on the Grandstand.

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:29 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Ahh Mike, I'm so jealous, the US Open is great! I highly recommend checking out a couple of matches at the Grandstand--you'll feel like you are basically on the court. In contrast, Ashe is so enormous that, unless you're down in the front sections, you can't see much. The time to go to Ashe is for night matches. Armstrong is also a great stadium. This weekend is the best time to go because you start getting great match-ups, but there is still plenty of tennis being played everywhere. I'm a tennis nut, but watching players practice at the practice gallery is also awesome. Have a great time!

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:18 am 0

On Chatting About Amusement Parks

I'm on the nopetopus train with water parks. So much bacteria and general grossness! A second grade class in my school district went to White Water (the water park that is now part of Six Flags Atlanta) when I was a kid and a bunch of them got E. coli. Not a fan of the over-chlorination used to get rid of the gross stuff either.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 3:54 pm 0

On The Cost of Getting a Green Card

@garysixpack "Immigration is an issue, but not really something that gets in the way of hiring someone we want." Depending on where you live, immigration can definitely get in the way of hiring someone you want. If you're a STEM person in the DC area, immigration can *absolutely* be a huge factor in getting a job/hiring someone, because most of the STEM-related jobs involve government contracting somehow.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm 0

On The Cost of Getting a Green Card

@garysixpack And I know many people who had to go back to their home countries after graduation because companies (mostly investment banks and the big consulting firms) wouldn't pay the $10-20k extra to sponsor a visa while the person was awaiting permanent residency approval. To be fair, this was late 2008/early 2009 in primarily investment banking. However, my experience is that it companies do not want to sponsor a visa on the way to a green card if they can hire someone who is already a US citizen or permanent resident. This ends up being a catch-22 for a lot of people who want to immigrate legally (and are already in the country on an H1-B) because you need a job to get a green card, unless you fake a marriage or other documents as described in the article, but not many professional firms in my experience will hire someone pre-green card.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm 1

On The Cost of Getting a Green Card

@garysixpack Oops, re-read your comment and realized that you addressed this. But, I still stand by my point that not all students have a lot of disposable income to throw at attorneys for green cards. I'm glad that your experience has been so black-and-white easy, but it's simply not that way for most.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:37 am 0

On The Cost of Getting a Green Card

@garysixpack Funny how you assume everyone dealing with this process is an illegal immigrant. Guess what! There are LOTS of immigrants who come here on student visas and - gasp! - want to stay in the country after graduating. Very few companies sponsor visas anymore and it's almost completely up to the individual to navigate the system. So, yes, things may be easier if you follow the law, but plenty of people still need attorneys and incur the expenses that go with them.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:21 am 0

On More Women Are Vegetarian But More Men Are Vegan

@LB That makes sense that soy would be used primarily for non-human purposes, similar to corn. Thanks for the link!

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:47 am 0