Does anyone else still have a flip/dumb phone? I am stubbornly (perhaps obnoxiously) holding out... partly because I want to avoid the cost of a data plan, and partly because I KNOW I will just become glued to the phone and never get off the internet. But it would be great to have a map or directions app with me, I'm still looking up directions and writing them down before I go anywhere. Luckily I live in a grid city so it's hard to get too lost. But if I ever moved, I think I'd be tempted to cave so I could find my way around the new place easier. (Also I wish I could snap chat my friends, but that's less pressing.)
@zeytin I have Asmar's in my fridge right now (I think it's a DC-area local brand/company), so I went to check. Chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, salt, citric acid, garlic.
@dotcommie According to the open thread, she's technically in a Maryland suburb of DC! DC proper does have some late night delivery.... not a LOT but it exists.
@therealjaygatsby Agreed. "More" doesn't always solve the problem.
@kbn22 I think there were actually a few Billfold posts about the expensive birthday dinner a while ago. The suggested decline was, "I can't make the dinner, but thanks for the invite. Can I take you out to coffee/ice cream/something else at [specific time]?" That way it doesn't feel like a blow off to the friend, and you can spend real time with the birthday boy or girl. The specific time part seems key, that way the friend knows you really mean it and aren't offering a flimsy "let's catch up later!"
Although actually, you could easily say that Hunger Games was very invested in economic inequality.
I'm embarrassingly into YA dystopian novels, and most of the ones I've read don't really delve into the economics. It's more about the government being overly controlling of the small things in every day life/hiding some "big truth" from the population. (Also about love triangles.)
@ECW I agree. Especially if the letter writer is a woman, and this new young male hire is making her same salary. THAT is something you have every right to be mad about.
@andnowlights Some people just do not like running! And that's fine! (It makes me miserable. Swimming > running forever!)