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.
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.
@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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
$4 to his name and he's sharing half of his sandwich. Jesus.
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!
"A bunch of finance students in Spain appeared to think so, which just goes to prove that sometimes people mistake luck for actual skills." I don't think it does prove that--it proves that people think that past success is a predictor of future results, for sure, but it could also be be that the 82% think the good guessers are just LUCKY and are willing to pay to get a piece of that luck. A similar thing happens with the "hot hand" in basketball. It turns out that people with a "hot hand" are no more likely to make their next shot than they are on any other, average night, but people keep dishing them the ball, feeling like they've got some luck that night and it's more likely to go in.