On One American's Search for a Bank Account Abroad

@annev17 I worked for a summer in France and was shocked to see that you need a bank account to open a cell phone account. I asked why, and they said, "well how would we know that you can afford to pay us/make sure we get the money?" DUH CREDIT CARDSSSSS So I lived with a dingy little prepaid 30-euro flip-shit phone and had to re-learn T9 to communicate with the world. Fuck Orange.

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 11:28 am 0

On The Search for an Unpillable Sweater

@lisaf You (well I) can be a bit aggressive with the razor and cut a hole through the sweater. The pumic/sweater stone is much gentler so it takes A LOT of aggressive rubbing to wear a hole through the fabric!

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 11:57 am 0

On The Search for an Unpillable Sweater

Just came here to say that I've killed a million sweaters by removing pills with razors, and a sweater stone has been my saving grace. Buy one! http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Sweater-Stone-Clothing-Care/dp/B000WUXOT2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418137636&sr=8-1&keywords=sweater+stone

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 11:23 am 0

On The Cost of Figuring Out a Guy Isn't Right

Ah, college boys! I don't wanna build you up but this is totally a thing that boys do: He might be into you but not confident enough to tell his roommate to piss off when he dissed you. Either that, or he's one of those guys who was stringing you along because he enjoyed the ego-stroking. So, I mean, it's a toss-up. Dating in college was mostly disappointing for me. As soon as I crossed the boundary into post-grad-dom, things improved significantly. In terms of expenses, I'd say the sneakers were a good investment. Running with beat-up shoes is HORRIBLE for your knees and feet! And they'll last you for a year or so, at which point you can wear them to the gym to do non-running things, or for running errands, or for gardening.

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 11:13 am 0

On 'Maybe You Have a Rich Husband?'

It's pretty insulting to offer someone a salary that they know isn't enough for a person to live on, and then say out loud that maybe you have a rich husband. Insult aside, it doesn't help the rest of us when rich people work for pennies. Everyone should be paid enough to live on!

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm 1

On An Interview With Someone Who Got Fired for Not Having a 'Hunger for Marketing'

Sorry if this isn't what you want to hear, but you do sound like an entitled millennial. First job right out of college and you're expecting to get the plum assignments not even 2 months in. That's not going to happen ANYWHERE, sorry to burst your bubble. I'm pretty sharp and it took me a year to work up to leading my own projects. I'm sure your task was as menial and boring as you make it out to be, but a full-time job isn't earned by keeping a seat warm and meeting the minimum expectation. And you definitely validated your boss's decision to fire you the minute you sent her a bitter email. Hope that your next job doesn't ask for any references!

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm 7

On What Do You Do All Day?

I love this series! I majored in Chemical Engineering and have never practiced it professionally. My work to date has been in consulting or as a strategy/business analyst in retail. I think I've had such flexibility in my career because most companies prize the way engineers think and find us capable of learning pretty much anything, much faster than your average joe. I love your idea of how people from different disciplines could all work in the same field and bring diverse skills/ways of thinking to the table. Maybe we should suggest kids think about learning a way of thinking/working when they pick a major -- like engineers think differently from mathematicians, from English majors, etc. if I were to have a do-over for picking my major, I'm not sure I'd stray far from engineering. I always was creative and also really smart, so engineering was a great way for me to learn how to use that in the real world. It's definitely been an asset in my current job.

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:21 am 0

On House Hunters International, Billfold Edition: East London, Vol 1

Ha, I love that the photo is from a building in Buenos Aires. Best of luck while buying! We bought a house in a small city where the market favors the buyer, and even then it was a bit of a headache (but a relatively fast process). London sounds like a pain!

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm 0

On How A Person With a Five-Figure Income Buys an Apartment in New York City

@rhinoceranita I am 100% financially on my own, no help from parents, and my boyfriend and I just bought a home. Granted, not in NYC or SF, or even Boston, which is our closest large city. You can buy property at some point, it just involves some sort of compromise. Not quite the ideal location, move out a bit further, wait around and save more, needs a bit of work. I think buying an apartment in NYC is a huge challenge and frankly would've never been in the cards for me, so I applaud the writer for making it work on a 5-figure salary.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 8:33 pm 0

On Infinity Zillion Vacation Days, the HORROR

I really wish most companies did this -- it's the kind of benefit/perk that sounds really appealing to potential employees, yet if they did a study, I'd venture say most people do not take much more than 2-3 weeks per year. I don't think most people would abuse the privilege because people will judge them accordingly... My 3 weeks/year at my current job for vacation & sick time feels really restrictive coming from 5 weeks at my previous job, and I really wish I could take unpaid vacation!

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 9:57 am 0