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

On When Luck is Mistaken for Skills

"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.

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm 1

On A Married Couple Discuss Tipping And Also The Probability That It Will Lead to Their Divorce

Team Taylor. Delivery is a problem, though, and I will often tip 10% if there's a delivery fee, unless the person is super nice to me (and my overly-friendly dog) in which case I'd tip more. But I generally round up to the next dollar, so the $1.50 would be $2. My understanding is that delivery drivers also make more as a base hourly salary than servers, so I don't feel TOO awful about it.

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 10:50 am 0