The best revenge is living well -- and if possible starting your own successful website.
AHHHH TOTALLY AGREE down with the billable hour! Featherbedding is an excellent verb. There have to be more applications for it, too.
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Let's step back and calm down, can we? Logan was being honest (and making herself vulnerable) by saying what a lot of people feel: kind of helpless, kind of lazy, well-intentioned but conflicted. The prompting to help out anyway and stop over-thinking makes sense. The lashing out doesn't. We can't all be Mike Dang. My great contribution was to try to give blood. I was turned away because my iron was too low, which means I have some hamburgers and spinach in my future before I can be useful.
If the reward for being the "favorite" is years of added responsibility, unpaid labor, and stress, maybe that's a distinction middle children can live without.
@jfruh I read this too quickly and thought you said, "Nothing says 'Ester' to me like 'The Ten Commandments' and 'Ben Hur,'" which would have been hilarious. But yes! Thanksgiving in my family meant Indiana Jones marathons on basic cable. That kind of routine provided order in a chaotic world.
@sally Insane, right? But the demand was just so great, and people who weren't parents were trying to sneak on for various reasons, that the moderators had to set up a barrier to entry. (That's the story as I was told it; of course there could be more going on, or I might be entirely wrong.)
It is a fascinating test, but it has some quirks. What if money just isn't that important to you? I'd get more joy from continuing to experience health, sleep, hearing, social interactions, family gatherings, etc., then I would from whatever I would buy with $1,000,000. (I probably wouldn't buy anything; I'd just save it, neurotically, and then I'd get little joy at all.)
For a cautionary tale on ways these arrangements can go bad, check out this awesome and chilling New York Times Magazine story: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/magazine/how-my-aunt-marge-ended-up-in-the-deep-freeze.html?pagewanted=all
@Saralyn@twitter Ooh, nice subtle insertion of link! Good technique. :)