On What It's Like To Work For The U.S. Postal Service

@Punk-assBookJockey Right! The problem is, the union isn't magic. You get fired, and then the union represents you and disputes it, and you get reinstated, but that boss still hates you. Or, in a big union like this the union line is different than "doing what works best for the people I work with in solidarity every day." Not everyone wants to be the center of a big fight between the union and management. It seems like the author did not. I also hope the fact that Texas is pretty anti-union contributes, and its not like this everywhere? Like all it would take is a few people per center enforcing their rights, and then the rest wouldn't have to do it. But if no one pays dues or wants to "associate" with the union, they won't do it?

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm 0

On An Interview With a Friend Who Got Bedbugs The First (And Last) Time She Used VRBO

@@fo I'm not sure that the people involved rise to the "numerosity" requirement of a class action, but yes, a lawyer would probably consider it. There is probably also a contract suit in addition to the class action. You may have no more than a year. Call a local Plaintiff's personal injury attorney NOW!

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Nicole, this reveals you spend $5.99 on online dating. We need a post on the economics of online dating! Stat! How much do you spend, from registering to date? A true cost post, perhaps. Is paying for a membership worth it? OK Cupid v. Eharmony v. Match v. How About We? How much is that message worth to read? Comparison to matchmaking such as "It's just lunch"? What mint.com budget category does an online dating subscription go in to? The potential costs: Professional picture? Profile services?

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm 1

On Cleaning House With Jenny

I think leaving is appropriate! 1) At your job, would you like someone leaning over your shoulder supervising all the time? No. 2) When you are cleaning, does it annoy you that your spouse/ housemate is sitting around not helping? Yes. 3) When your spouse/roommate is cleaning and you are sitting around, do you feel uncomfortable? yes. So, I assume cleaning people are like me, and would just prefer you leave and let them do their job in peace. Also, I think to assuage the guilt, maybe, think about all the people you pay to do all the things! You buy both restaurant food and prepared foods (you probably don't DIY bread, cheese, crackers, etc.) You pay the UPS guy to bring you things (via Amazon probably). There are payments for garbage disposal, transport etc. The only reason you feel guilty is because we have decided that cleaning homes is demeaning. It's not. It's just division of labor. Obviously, pay well. But allocate your time and money as you see fit, and allow Jenny to do the same!

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm 1

On In an Age of Tablets, Are Calculators Still Relevant?

AND, the high price of this one device is, I think, a pretty big barrier to low income kids moving up/ doing well in math. Like, if your parents have $100 for their whole "Back to school" budget, you get the calculator or clothes/ pens/ backpack, etc. I remember even my middle class parents wanting to call the teacher to be sure I "needed" it and that it wasn't something I was lying to them about. I think if TI is going to keep the price so high, they really should have an ethical duty to create a program for low income kids and schools to get the calculators.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm 5

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

@Meaghano Ha! I forgot, the Landlord! Definitely no at home birth with the landlord!

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm 0

On The Earning Potential of a Liberal Arts Degree

@Gef the Talking Mongoose In re: Engineer Lawyers making more--> There is lots of law about building stuff and making stuff, and technology. There are PLENTY of lawyers who know about people, relationships, and liberal arts, philosophy, culture, etc. but fewer who know about engineer-y stuff. High demand, low supply = High price. I

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm 0

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

@TaffetaDarling Well, there is no at-home C-section. So, I don't think that was an option for Meaghan. Without knowing the reason for her C-section, and without being a medical professional, I'm going to assume for the time being it was done because it was medically necessary. Also, I think there is no, at home epidural.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm 0

On Plus-Size Shops Vs Plus-Size Shoppers

I'll call out some good ones in this area: Eloquii is doing a good, very trendy job. Jones New York does a good, businessy- job. Mod Cloth does a pretty good, twee/retro job. Nordstrom is good at quality, mediocre at selection. Lafeyette 148 appears to be doing fine at the very high end prices. Lands end does pretty good too. I don't want "Fashion forward." I want high quality, normal staples. Like not winged capes, uneven hems, and shirts with tigers on them and cut out shoulders. Just like nice, normal stuff!

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm 0

On Vision Benefits

@wrappedupinbooks Me too! I was also a "longer than recommended" lens wearer. I got an infection. And then, I couldn't wear contacts for like 6 weeks during allergy season. And so I said, "having lasers shot into my eyes to reshape a part of my body" seems better than wearing glasses 6 weeks a year. And I do not regret that rash and disproportionate decision one bit.

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm 0