On Guess Who's Paying For Dinner?

This came up on AskMetafilter a few days, with a child and spouse who thought they were being kind and parents who thought the children were asserting their independence in a mean-spirited way:http://ask.metafilter.com/263559/Never-in-my-life-did-I-think-my-son-share-splitthe-restaurant-tab It was a pretty interesting discussion of family microculture.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm 0

On "You Still Drink From That Same River"

Was Sedgwick a certified nurse's aide? Same shit work, slightly different letters.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm 0

On Health Insurance Isn't Supposed to Work Like This

@Trilby Anthem Blue Cross is notoriously evil though? I kind of assume it was not an error, just that ABC figures most people will not appeal except in the most egregious cases and in those cases they will shrug and say, "Paperwork error" before paying up.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm 0

On Hometown Stories: Rhinebeck, New York

Dutchess County? Child, you are an upstate AMATEUR. Upstate doesn't start until north of the Thruway.

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm 0

On Just Two Ladies With Bachelor of Arts Degrees, Talking About Life

@Karebot I've felt exactly the same way. I always thought the skills I was rewarded for in school (reading, writing, THINKING ABOUT STUFF) would turn into some kind of important job,. I applied to law school this year, even though I didn't really want to go, and spent a lot of money on the project before admitting to myself that what I really wanted was to still be recognized as "a smart person." It sounds so silly when I type it, but I really do want that, and sometimes I want to just make decisions I KNOW are bad in order to fulfill that desire.

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 12:38 am 1

On The Best Books About Class

Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep? Awkward LMC Lee Fiora is pretty much my literary doppelganger.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm 0

On How Much Do You Pay Someone To Risk Their Life For You on Mt. Everest?

I think Nepal and China should close the mountain permanently and make Base Camp the destination, with the money going to and run by porters who live in the area. It can be like a combination voluntourism and adventure hike. You pay some amount less than the current tag of ~$75,000, you need less acclimation to the altitude, and nobody dies. You get to hike into Base Camp, which is an adventure in and of itself, hang out for a week, learn about Nepal and the fact that Everest is a sacred site to many local people, and maybe if the porters think you are fit enough/strong enough, you get to go up to Camp One and bring down some of the accumulated garbage lying around up there. I vote "nobody climbs it again" but I would support an "If you've climbed at least three other 8,000 meter peaks and can carry all your shit yourself, you can go" exception. It's one thing to go up there and know YOU might die. It's another thing to be willing to kill 16 people in the process.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm 5

On A Triple Feature for When You're Feeling 30(ish) and Not Flirty and Not Thriving :/

Oh my god I never got past the first 15 minutes of Young Adult because OH MY GOD. The Diet Coke and the stumbling around early in the morning and the shaking the ink cartridge and the staring at the word document and the Ben and Jerry's in the motel room bathroom...oh my god. Oh my god. I was trying to watch that movie WHILE EATING BEN AND JERRY'S AND DRINKING DIET COKE. I felt smug about not being a sociopathic alcoholic for 37 seconds and then I started crying hysterically and watched "Emma" until I felt better (took several days).

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm 0

On When Bill Gates Is Your Secret Santa

But what I really want to know is what Bill Gates got as a gift! What do you get Bill Gates???

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm 0

On Zagat on Tipping During the Holidays

@Ellie I think either a week's or a month's subscription amount, whichever one feels right.

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 1:27 am 0