@chic noir I don't disagree that careers in the arts, fashion, publishing, etc. are more or less only for the privileged, but I also don't think that's new. They've always been low-pay, high-prestige careers.
@Hayley Judd@twitter WAY too few people have seen that movie. You're a real ideas man.
I really liked how she said people's grocery bills are lower in New York. It's because of takeout.
Ugh. Even the mention of child support brings up memories of my parents and the problems it caused. I guarantee this woman's husband feels that he overpays child support and that's the justification in his head for sticking her with his loans. My dad had this whole idea in his head that his child support payments purchased my mom and stepdad's (and by extension, my) house. Um, a house is more than six thousand dollars...
Ugh, I remember trying to hire someone and our big boss was like, "why has she been out of work for a year? That concerns me." "Uhhhh, she's a year out of college and the job market sucks," we said (it helped that my brother was also fresh out of college and took a year to find a job; I was pretty sensitive to insinuations that such people are lazy or unqualified). The fact that she'd done an unpaid, probably illegal-internship in the meantime got her past that year-out-of-work hurdle - I was able to point that out to the big boss and be like, look! Check out that initiative she took to build skills during her job search! And now she works at our company and is great.
What got to me about the Wortham article wasn't the promotion of password-sharing (or the Times describing her as "ahead of the curve," because apparently they didn't realize that this started the day HBO GO launched), it's that she describes HBO trying to get people to pay for their content as a "missed opportunity." A missed opportunity to... what? Go out of business? I work in TV - as great as it is to have people live-tweet a show while watching it with their cousin's girlfriend's password on an iPad, those tweets have almost no impact on ratings and do nothing to help pay for the content's production. The massive cast and crew on Game of Thrones ain't working for free. I don't think password-sharing is a big deal, but it bothers me when people get all defensive about the ethics of it. You just don't want to pay the money. Own it.
@OllyOlly I went to private school, even though the public schools in our neighborhood were good. It was awesome - amazing facilities, tiny classes, good college prep, and - surprisingly - way, way more diverse than my local public school. On the other hand, my husband went to public school and is kicking ass at life, so what do I know.
@Mingus_Thurber Ugh my husband's stepmother works in a hospital and made a STINK about not wanting a flu shot for some trumped up reasons. She took it up the chain of command until they told her she'd have to either get it, or be fired. I had to dig my fingers into my arm as she told the story, expecting pity.
@angry little raincloud Yup, looks like 13 classes a week at Soul would run about $1475 per month, and they don't have unlimited memberships. There was a Times article a while ago about boutique fitness addicts, that breathlessly reported that these professional ladies spend upwards of $500 a month on exercise. They should have found this girl. Thirteen classes a week is a LOT of spinning. I really like Physique 57, and it's kind of sick that part of the reason I'm consistent about going is because it's so pricey. There's no way I'm skipping a class that I paid $31 for. My friend goes to Bar Method and we were commiserating about how their unlimited deal ($270/month) is a "budget" option. Oh, New York.
@Niko Bellic Ha I was thinking that as I read! My husband's entire family immigrated here from Poland, and ended up in Chicago. They CANNOT BELIEVE what we spend in rent in NYC. At this point we just lie to them.