I finally have a job after a long time of not having a job, but working as a full time volunteer for a non-profit (after the disaster here last year). In that case I was pretty broke and living off of donated food and love. So now that I am employed, I am determined to give a little to any of my friends who ask, whether it's a kickstarter or a cause they are working on. But I am still not made of money. I gave $10 today to a non-profit called Doggies Inc. that pulls animals out of a high-kill (painful, horrible, 20-minute gassing process) animal control and vets and adopts them out. But I am also taking one of the dogs with me on my flight to the States and helping to place him in his new forever home.
@editrickster the Planned Parenthood where my wife works has a "sponsor a protestor" program. They get people to sign up in advance to donate $X per protestor on a given day (usually a day that gets big turnout, like Good Friday). Then once they get a count they put up a big sign where the protestors can see it saying how much money they just raised. It's pretty boss.
$50 to the independent minyan where I attend services, and that will also get me high holiday tickets for this year. But I also have an automatic monthly donation of $18 to the New York Abortion Access Fund, because they're awesome. In Jewish tradition, 18 = life, so we all give in denominations of 18. I keep meaning to donate a few bucks to the Obama campaign. They send me so many emails!
While this is appropriately hilarious, could we possibly get the Mike Dang response to salary history/requirement requests as well? Because the last one is SO the truth and I never know what to say.
I will always and forever think of and want to share David Brooks' great line about Anthropologie: "While the aesthetic says 'A Year in Provence," the prices say 'Ten Years out of Med School.'"
When does Zooey move in?
Don't sleep on the Trader Joe's brand cereals! Fruity O's are the best and way better for you than Froot Loops.
I like this quote about paying back your parents: “You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one. The family economy evades calculation in the gross planetary product. It's the only deal I know where, when you give more than you get, you aren't bankrupted - but rather, vastly enriched.” ― Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign
You repay them by being a functioning, adult member of society. I speak as someone who is now 33yrs old but who lived at home rent free for the three years after undergrad while I sorted my life out and my parents paid my student loans so that I could work for peanuts ($28K/yr) at a very prestigious cancer hospital to build a resume to get into a good grad. school. If you live at home and they're still helping to support you financially, you make every effort to cook dinner so that your parents don't have to think about that. You do the dishes without ever being asked. You dust the house. You vacuum/sweep/mop the floors. You kept your personal spaces clean, including any bathrooms you use. You help with yard work if there's a yard. You do your own laundry. You ask when doing said laundry if they have anything to throw in the mix. You offer to do the grocery shopping even if you can't afford to be the one buying the groceries. You remember their favorite brands and flavor ice cream. Basically, you can repay them in ways that show they raised a decent, thoughtful, caring individual. Selfishness is not living at home. Selfishness is acting like a 10yr old when you live at home and not the grown up human being you are. If they are helping you, you do what you can to help them. Make their lives easier just as they're making your life easier.
@Miranda Everitt@facebook *chic noir stands up to give Miranda a clap* Well said Miranda :) People: homeowners are not ashamed about the mortgage interest deduction. Seniors using Medicare aren't thinking of it as a last resort. SNAP exists as part of our social contract! It's called an entitlement program because we long ago decided that nobody, nobody, nobody in America should go hungry.