On Should I Apply for This Job?

The only legit reason not to apply for something you're actually interested in is if it's really onerous to apply (i.e., a lot more required than a cover letter and resume) and you're pretty sure you wouldn't get it or take it anyway. Otherwise, APPLY ALWAYS.

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm 0

On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

I've been surprised recently by how many business I consider mid-size or "legit" are using Square and other credit card processing technology initially used only by the solo people at craft fairs and farmer's markets. It seems like that might get the costs down and allow small businesses to accept cards without some of the drawbacks associated with traditional processors.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 10:26 am 0

On Saying "No I Can't" Because of Money

As someone who planned a wedding, I was a bit relieved when people said no, actually, because it made the wedding more affordable for us. It made me much less anxious about saying no to other people's wedding invitations (assuming we are not VERY close), whatever the reason.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:51 am 2

On A Brief History of Being Unhappy at Work

@kellyography my go-to West Wing for Work quote is "bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land," which I guess gives you a sense of my work priorities.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm 2

On Do You Need to Give a Full Two Week Notice When Quitting a Job?

I would email the boss and tell her you need to speak with her and ask when she'll be in. If it's more than another couple of days, I would set up a time to talk by phone and quit that way. I think it's better to give 2 weeks notice than to wait for the pleasantry of quitting in person. That said, Mike's suggestion of a week in the office and a week available remotely might work too.

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm 0

On Man Tweets at Brand, Sees Results

I got help from @starwoods after having a terrrrible experience at the Sheraton Dallas. After having the manager on-site ignore my problem for 2 days, 2 hours after tweeting about them, I had the problem resolved and enough Starwoods points for a free stay.

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm 0

On Uber, Capitalism, Price Gouging

I rode in an Uber Taxi last week (which, legally, cannot charge you more than the city-approved rates except a $1.50 "booking fee" plus 20% tip, unlike the black cars which can charge whatever they want). The driver was complaining that he has no ability to change prices--drop them when demand is low to entice fares or raise them when demand is high to maximize his time on the road--and that, because of it, he was going to give up his taxi license and start driving a black car for Uber. Seems like that's just the market at work.

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm 0

On Help! I'm Breaking My Lease

Under most state's laws, the landlord is obligated to do what he would have done at the end of the lease to find new tenants early. Meaning, post it on Craigslist and have the place cleaned up and make a reasonable effort to show the place. Then, you're obligated to pay rent only until he finds new tenants. Sounds like if you have that many showings, he should get it rented by the end of December, and that works out with your plan. You should get back whatever portion of your deposit you would have gotten back if you had stayed. Getting deposits back is notoriously hard, but you're right that normal wear-and-tear shouldn't be deducted. (This is not legal advice, I am not your lawyer, and I do not know DC housing law specifically. /End lawyer speech.)

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm 2

On I Would Like You to Meet Frank

$4 to his name and he's sharing half of his sandwich. Jesus.

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm 6

On My Cool Walk Home

Aaah, I have basically this exact feeling/conversation every time I take a cab home, with the cab driver. Thanks for putting it into much more lovely words than I can!

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm 2