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.
Was Sedgwick a certified nurse's aide? Same shit work, slightly different letters.
@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.
Dutchess County? Child, you are an upstate AMATEUR. Upstate doesn't start until north of the Thruway.
@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.
Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep? Awkward LMC Lee Fiora is pretty much my literary doppelganger.
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.
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).
But what I really want to know is what Bill Gates got as a gift! What do you get Bill Gates???
@Ellie I think either a week's or a month's subscription amount, whichever one feels right.