On The Cable Cabal

We have an antenna, which provides us with ABC, NBC, WGN, FOX, UPN, MeTV (and a few metv spinoffs) and 5 count 'em FIVE various pbs stations. (One of which is in spanish, but...we still get it!) And a bunch of other random things that we never watch but those are enough to solve the channel-surfing issues. Usually I either watch cops, Seinfeld re-runs or realize I should go to bed, unless i get sucked into a nature show on pbs. Along w/ Amazon Prime & netflix we're fine. AND I watch less tv.

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm 0

On My Time on the Assembly Line Working Alongside the Robots That Would Replace Us

I worked in a factory that made all kinds of engines, and I worked on the line that made engines for little push lawnmowers. The FIRST part of my job was to pull this huge lever that I had to hang on to pull all the way down; and it dispensed the grease that's in engines. The best shifts were when they pulled you off your line and put you on "demo" where you had to tear apart the engines; by any means necessary. That part was pretty fun.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm 1

On Find-My-Phone Vigilante Justice Sweeps Nation

@jquick Hey thanks for jumping to conclusions - calling the NON-emergency line (which is 311 in Chicago) they almost ALWAYS then either put you over to or tell you to call 911. And it didn't "go missing" it was stolen from under my nose in a public place. Also, the police office at the public building TOLD ME to call 911. Granted, this police officer also had some other questionable advice, but yes. The non-emergency Chicago # has put me over to 911 for: noise complaints, someone blocking a fire hydrant (for multiple days), phone being stolen, car accident involving only me a pole and some ice. It's basically the only way to get a police report started.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm 1

On Find-My-Phone Vigilante Justice Sweeps Nation

I mean, look, an iphone w/out a contract (or when you have to re-purchase it after having it stolen) is over $700, this is a misdemeanor? Really? I actually had a Chicago cop (note: CHICAGO cop, so, I guess take this with a huge pile of salt) tell me that some cops, if they get the call WILL go look for your phone, b/c it's "likely" that someone who stole a phone has more than your stolen phone in their house. BUT, when I called to report my stolen phone the 911 lady laughed at me. And then I hung up and was happy I had insurance.

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm 0

On Are the Suburbs Worth It?

@Josh Michtom@facebook All those points being said - it still remains that drug abuse and domestic violence are not only problems for those in poverty. Poverty can and does exacerbate these issues, but that still doesn't mean that these are only issues for the poor. The domestic violence statistics actually are very similar - it's just actually much harder to see in communities with wealth.

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm 0

On Are the Suburbs Worth It?

"unemployment, drug addiction, unstable housing, or abusive relationships" - drug addiction and abusive relationships really aren't an economic problem...

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm 0

On More Workers To Be Paid For Overtime

@Marge Yeah, I'll be very interested to see how this shakes out in the non-profit world - I feel like they are "exempt" from a lot of these things. But, I have no supervisory duties and am not an executive, yet am salaried. And routinely work over 40 hours a week as a required part of my job (events).

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm 0

On Why Do We Tolerate Whole Foods-ian Pseudoscience?

Watch out with that raspberry leaf tea business - some research says it causes early labor! (I'm serious.)

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm 0

On The Unemployed Extrovert

@testingwithfire It's been my experience that once your friends start to have kids, it goes back to this kind of thing, BBQs, movies at someone's house, etc, b/c the cost of the babysitter is very high, and going out again becomes a big deal.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm 0

On Employee Stock Options as Explained By an English Major

@heavyrotation I don't know what the company that the stock options are from has to do with it, and also I didn't know it was Tumblr until you told me so...so what? There's no reason to apologize for stock options in a post detailing the who/what/when of stock options. I get that it was probably supposed to be for effect, but, it just came off as immature and a bad look for ladies in general. (to me)

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm 4