On Things I Would Do Around The House If There Were Wages For Housework

@PicNic Agreed. No amount of lo-octane Seventh Generation dish soap will get the evil out of that pan, and throwing away containers and their nasty contents, wholesale, is the only rewarding part of the banal undertaking that is fridge-cleaning. USA, USA etc.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm 1

On Sleep Gadgets That Work?

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm 0

On Chatting About Work Trips and Expense Guilt

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.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm 0

On Sweatpants as Fashion Apparel

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm 0

On A Partial Inventory of Costs Related to an Ill-timed And Semi-failed Career Change

@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.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm 0

On The Controversy Around the #AmtrakResidency

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.

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm 5

On Best Places to Cry For Free in New York City

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.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm 1

On A Map of Lost Mittens

Heard a mitten earnestly referred to as a "lobster-style glove" the other day. Christ.

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm 0

On Maybe We'll Soon Have Our Very First Cat Cafe

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...

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 11:30 am 1

On Elderly Patrons Allowed to Stay at McDonald's Except During Lunch

Old men drinking coffee are the best part of any McDonald's.

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm 0