On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

@Josh Michtom@facebook I think this is why I don't like "ma'am"! I only hear it from people who don't know me and are mad at me for some reason, like, I parked badly. So it doesn't feel like a term of respect, although obviously it's more respectful than "asshole."

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 9:55 am 0

On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

@OllyOlly that's awful! I would not have felt guilty at all if he'd lost his job over that.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 9:49 am 0

On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

@jjjsmith I cannot explain why being called ma'am bothers me so much, and I couldn't suggest a better alternative, but, ugh, it really gets to me....

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm 0

On Are You What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

@dromeda Same here! I did not end up in library school, but I do think about the possibility from time to time.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@Allison that's def strange and sounds like she needed pasta lessons

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@ronswansonluva whoa congrats!

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I'm going to a food festival type thing on Saturday and estimating that I'll spend $20 there. I also need to buy snacks and wine for my book club which is meeting on Monday, as well as some other groceries for myself, so I'm estimating $60 on groceries? I don't know, I've never done this before, and estimating is hard!

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 9:23 am 0

On WWYD: Bring Bottles In Yourself Or Leave Them for the Less Fortunate

@Christy Right, so that's the dilemma! I could make money selling them to myself, or I could give them to the library so that they can make money selling them. Obviously, I want to support the library, but, like Ester, I could certainly use that money.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 10:44 am 0

On WWYD: Bring Bottles In Yourself Or Leave Them for the Less Fortunate

I wonder about this a lot, too! I generally just leave them, but that has a lot to do with living in the city without a car and not wanting to carry heavy bottles around. Small change is a similar dilemma--should I save it up, piggybank style, and then take it in to the bank? Or should I give it away to anyone who asks? It seems like often small acts of charity are hard to reconcile with a frugal lifestyle...like, I always donate books that I've finished reading to the library, but selling them to a used bookstore would be the more frugal thing to do.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 10:28 am 0

On Is There a Class Component to Catcalls

@dromeda I had a situation like that recently when a guy getting off the train dropped me a note that didn't even have his name/number, just "You are really cute, have a nice trip." Definitely a little creepy that he'd been watching me, but at least it's a non-aggressive way of giving someone a compliment.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0