@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!)
@kbn22 Yep!! And sometimes skipping visits for those little problems can mean they grow into bigger, costlier problems..
@Allison Good point/distinction, but it still makes me sad.
This is giving me a LOT of emotions! Cho!!!! :( :) ? She gave up magic!