I've been traveling a bunch for work this summer and have a bit of expense guilt, even though I work for a large corporation. In London a few weeks ago I was heading back to Heathrow and mentioned to a co-worker that I was going to take the train. "Take a taxi!" he said, incredulously. "It won't be more than 50 quid!" So I ordered a credit card taxi, we got stuck in traffic, the total was 83 pounds, and when I handed the driver my card he told me that he only took cash. After some impotent protest, I went to the ATM and took out 100 pounds of my own money to pay the man. And that's the end of this edition of When Undue Extravagance Bites You In The Ass. Pricey black cabs aside, I keep it reasonable. I've seen consultants at my company expense $500 bar tabs, so I don't lose a lot of sleep over my comparatively piddling reimbursements.
@Carmen Aiken@facebook I'm guessing The A.V. Club. I interned there from 2004-05 and some of the details sounded familiar to me (the editors sharing an office, for instance.) Also, the free copy of the sister publication's book (The Onion being the sister?) - I got one of those, too. And I vaguely remember them adding some new features right after I left. But maybe I'm way off and just filling in the blank spaces with my own experience, who knows.
The CTA Writers' Residency doesn't get as much hype, but it's still an awesome program. You don't even have to apply. Just ride the Red Line from Howard to 95th and back again forever, or until they kick you off and make you pay another $2.50.
We have a "Wellness Room" at our office that is ostensibly a private place for nursing mothers to pump. Off-label uses include crying, sleeping, screaming into the decorative throw pillow, and storing corporate artwork.
Heard a mitten earnestly referred to as a "lobster-style glove" the other day. Christ.
I've wanted to open one of these in Chicago since visiting one in Tokyo a couple of years ago. I think it would work especially well in an area full of college students who miss their pets at home, or apartment dwellers who aren't allowed to have pets and need some animal touch therapy. Perhaps in the area along Sheridan by Loyola University.. yes, yes...
Old men drinking coffee are the best part of any McDonald's.
Mike, I think yours looks just as good as the one in Bon Appétit. And it's probably not even drizzled with rubber cement or whatever other sorcery food stylists employ. Cheap Healthy Good is a site I used to lean on quite a bit for simple stuff - she stopped posting in 2012, but there are voluminous archives. Recipes broken down not only by cost, but by nutritional value if you're into that sorta thing.