On The Cost of (Almost) Getting Bed Bugs in Los Angeles

@Hezah Sundell@facebook When we had a bedbug scare they only treated the bedrooms - but the exterminator who came in also couldn't find a sign of them. (I found a single live one on my shoe, which precipitated the whole thing.) We washed or heat-treated everything we could and bought the mattress and pillow covers, and there's been no sign of them since, so I guess it was a fluke?

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm 0

On Thieves Steal What They Can Sell, Like Soap and Razors

@Fig. 1 All Tide makes me itch except for the super-sensitive skin stuff. I also mostly use store-brand unscented stuff. (I once also got a spectacular rash from a scented store-brand detergent - I had been vaguely itchy for weeks, then took a trip to Baltimore, in August, and basically had to wear permanently damp clothing. Cue huge welts all over my legs. The weird thing is, my mother also has sensitive skin and always bought unscented detergent for the household, except for that one time.)

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm 0

On Discussing the "Crisis in the Humanities"

@aesir Yeah, not so much, depending on the program. I have fellow students who couldn't critically think their way out of a paper bag, or at least become exceptionally distressed when expected to. My university has a writing requirement for all graduates, so I've experienced samples of their writing as well, and it's also often sub-par (not that the writing in published papers is necessarily all that great, either). All of these people will graduate, and will probably go on to do pretty well if they stick to their fields. They might "read in their off time", but they won't get out of it what someone who actually paid any attention at all to their courses in literature would. It's only the best of both worlds if you already have the aptitude and interest for both.

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 10:37 am 1

On The Cost Of Mental Health Care for a Semi-insured 23-year-old

@sea ermine I don't think I've ever had a therapist who actually took insurance, mostly because nearly every one I've seen has had an independent practice and thus in no way has time to deal with insurance BS (I was temporarily a receptionist in a medical office and did some of the billing - oh my god). I've never had a problem getting my insurance to pony up after the fact, but needing to have the money to pay directly is definitely the difficult part.

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm 0

On Using One of Those Newfangled Car Apps When Your Dad's a Cabbie

I've had equally shit experiences with cab drivers and Uber drivers, though at least with Uber the payment has already been made. (I basically hate cabs/similar services and will only use them if I'm with someone else who is willing to deal with the driver. I take the bus if I'm alone.)

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On When There Are Different Points of Views About Money in a Relationship

@Sarah Rain@facebook That's stupid. If the debt is manageable, and the furniture is quality, buy the furniture *and* pay off the debt (in the above example, there was enough money to both buy the furniture and pay off more of the debt than usual). Good quality furniture lasts, serves a purpose, and doesn't need replacing.

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm 1

On 18-Year-Old Sues Parents for College Money

@aetataureate Last I checked, the only thing you actually needed to be on the honor roll was the requisite GPA.

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 7:01 pm 0

On The High Cost of Entering the Magic Kingdom

@Tatiana The food has improved *massively* since I was a kid, though - I can't speak to the Florida parks, but my maternal grandparents lived near Anaheim and we would go to Disneyland every time we visited them (multiple times a year until I was nine and we moved to the East coast). I've been back a couple of times over the past 10 years and you can actually get good food now, as well as standard amusement park fare, and the restaurant food is overpriced but not as overpriced as the snacks. (We had yearly "passports" that I think cost *maybe* $90 a pop for unlimited admission, and we also generally went off-peak, which I guess isn't even a thing anymore? The first time I rode Space Mountain I rode it twice more in the space of about 20 minutes - this January my boyfriend and I went to Disneyland and managed to ride it ONCE.)

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:54 pm 0

On Slashing Our Grocery Bills and Cooking on a Budget

@meatcute We do a share of a local meat CSA. I think it comes out to $150/month but we get a lot, including stock (we've gotten beef, chicken, and duck) and sausages and marinated cuts. We know it's all local and humanely raised/slaughtered, and delicious. The only real problem is they never send stew meat.

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 10:09 am 0

On Women Engineers Given Mirrors and Nail Files Swag From Goldman Sachs

@Caitlin with a C The best (or at least, most entertaining) swag bag I have ever gotten was when I was probably 19 and a student arts group I was with got free tickets to opening night of the SF International Film Fest. Understand that by "student arts group" I mean "non-profit, club-like organization for middle and high-school aged kids mostly", so literally all of us were under twenty. The bags were on the seats, so no one was, like, checking to see who got them, and they included, amongst other things, a mini bottle of Skyy Orange. (Some guy in the row in front of us turned around and said, "hey, kids, give me your vodka!") Otherwise most of my swag is second-hand, but I've gotten to eat, like, my own pint of Haagen Daz because I was volunteering at an event and they were oversupplied. Seriously they just handed us pints and plastic spoons on our break.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm 0