On Hotel Preferences: For The President, ESPN & A Gym

@mp Yep!

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm 0

On Hotel Preferences: For The President, ESPN & A Gym

Thanks for publishing this list. I belonged to an academic organization that holds a huge annual conference that had to be moved to Las Vegas at the last minute b/c we don't cross picket lines. I don't know the ins and outs, but I assume the move to Vegas was because it was the only place that could accommodate the conference on short notice (being just a few months in advance). It was kind of weird walking through a smoky casino floor while on the way to give a talk on my dissertation, but I had a good time!

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@lp917 I think the really troubling thing is that renting vs. owning is not - and never has been - a deep dark secret that we all carry in the depths of our hearts. Do you rent? Or do you own? Very straightforward. No excuse for lying, and it's not a little white lie that we all sometimes use to spare someone's feelings or keep them from worrying. There's just no reason for a lie like this other than the fact that he wanted his wife to think he is someone who he is not. I find that really disturbing. I guess lots of people are okay with it too. Maybe you have to be burned by one of these people - or watch someone be burned - for it to raise your ire.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 4:23 pm 1

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@@fo Maybe the word "substantial" made it sound like I think people who rent out their condos are rolling in dough. I didn't mean to give that impression at all. I just thought it would be an amount of money that would be large enough for a spouse to notice.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@Vincennes You're right! I forgot about the whole subletting thing.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@Cnj Right...if you rented out a condo, that would normally be a substantial source of income. There would have to be so many more lies to cover this up...like, creating a renter out of thin air for instance.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

On Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

@Louise Belcher Disagreeing SO SO HARD as well!!! Maybe because I just watched a friend going through a disastrous divorce with a lying cheating narcissistic dirt bag. One of the things I learned when it started falling apart was that they had not bought their new fabulous home - as he had told everyone - but were renting it. I'm not sure if she was deceived on this point, or was just complicit in the deception. Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm 0

On Convenient Cooking, But at a Cost

@garli Fifth'd! I spend a lot. And I don't go overboard, but I like to cook things that are tastier/more expensive than rice & beans. I can never gauge if my spending is reasonable or not given the benefits of eating non-processed food.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm 0

On Convenient Cooking, But at a Cost

@tw0lle I just bought meals with Hello Fresh and it arrived yesterday. I tried it because my parents like it (they have health issues which make shopping difficult), I don't have a car, and they had a $20 off deal. I justified it by thinking of it as an alternative for nights when I would normally go out to eat. Of course, a friend invited me out to eat last night and I went. (sigh...) We'll see how it goes from here on out.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm 0

On The Doggy Bag Dilemma

@chickpeas akimbo Exactly. There are very few actual classy restaurants - in my experience - that over-serve you. Someone once told me that it's rude to rub your wooden chop sticks together (to get the splinters off) at a Japanese restaurant. I figure the kind of place that cares about that type of thing would never give you disposable chop sticks in the first place. People are really over-thinking this stuff. Generally chew with your mouth closed, tip well, and remove screaming children from the dining area and you are good to go.

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm 0