@Stina WHAT there is NO EXCUSE FOR THAT.
Ok there are two issues here: 1) Time Warner's DVR functionality is absolutely and complete garbage. I've had the exact same problem SO MANY times with Time Warner - I have literally checked "ok, it's recording, it says recording, it's there on my list, this is great, I'll watch Community later" and then when I go back, where is my recording? It is no where. It is gone. There has been no effort by TWC to improve their HDDVR offering (because why would they? it's not like it's on demand, and frankly, if it doesn't work, it could give them more On-Demand showings anyway). They remain impassive in the face of puny antlings railing against the status quo (no joke, saddest day in the last year was when a person hawking Uverse came to our door and we spent an hour outside filling out forms only to get called by AT&T being all "psych! we don't serve your area, like WHY DID YOU EVEN COME BY MY HOUSE YOU BASTARDS). 2) Customer service people are never the people who can fix your problem unless your problem is you got your cable shut off 'cause you didn't pay your bill. Thus, it is unnecessary to be mean to them, because they are usually underpaid, underqualified, and basically just poor miserable humans sipping from the shit hose day in and day out. Customer service sucks. However, kindness, empathy, and an implacable repeat line "I'm so sorry, can I speak to your manager" and refusal to hang up the phone can work wonders. In this case, since it is the DEVIL we are talking about, the wonders are "hey here is a discounted 3 months of cable and no appreciable fix! Later, sucker, I have to twirl my moustache while my stockholders swim in pools of golden doubloons!"
This is an acceptably rich couple. Also I am jealous.
If I'm broke or whatever, I don't mention "oh I have no money" since it DOES come off as either "cover me" or martyrish/judgey so I just say "oh sorry, we've got plans. Maybe next week?" I'm not sure why disclosing your financial state is necessary.
@melis SO TRUE WINGS 4EVA
@lizard completely agree. This is not "rich." This is "upper middle class" and in LA, it's just middle class. $140k annually as a contractor (so consider healthcare costs, taxes, etc) with ostensibly his wife making no money or 1/3 (that's like, what, 50 grand?) still doesn't take them to what I'd consider wealthy in LA, especially. I completely agree that "rich" = income of 500k per annum or more. He is really good at saving money, though. That is an impressive amount to have saved.
@TheDilettantista Also there are bags that you can get that I think look better with what I term "patina" in place of "beat to shit." I lug around a Rebecca Minkoff Admirer that started off grey and has since suntanned to brown, but it is my perfect, perfect crossbody, and is soft and floopy and beat to hell and looks great. Casual, but great. And has lasted, perfectly.
@Kimberly Couzens@twitter Poor Longchamp! Not everything is Le Pliage! I like their leather bags!!!
@Choire Sicha@facebook YES it is really expensive. Booze alone in the hundreds of dollars. Esp. if people are staying with you. And if your parents stay with you then there is X number of dollars spent to make sure your mom doesn't think you are disgusting, aka new guest bathroom towels
It is insane, and I mean really insane that we don't figure out some sort of tuition schedule commensurate with what people might earn in their chosen field. I mean the fact that you can charge these ridiculous 100k plus tuitions for 4 years majoring in like French lit at a liberal arts school is insane. Or fine arts! I was a fine arts major and let's be honest, while it's really awesome, and great, nobody, or at least a TINY TINY TEENSY TINY PERCENTAGE ever makes a real decent living off of like, theater acting. It just seems unfair that kids who want to do art wind up paying out the ass the same way that like, aeronautical engineers do or whatever. That being said, are we also going to see a stronger culture shift where kids don't expect their parents to do anything for college? I don't have any kids but if I did I'd be telling them from the age of like, 9, that they were on their own with that shit.