On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

I know a lot of small business owners and most of them are working on surprisingly razor-thin margins, especially when they're just starting out. I always use cash at these places when possible.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm 0

On Save Your Money, Stick to Wine

Here in the SF bay area, wine is a ripoff - they want $9 for a pedestrian chardonnay I can get for $12 a bottle at BevMo.Even a $10 Moscow Mule is a better deal.

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm 0

On So You Want to Quit Your Job and Open a Bar

@Katni That sounds like being a bar investor, not so much a bar owner.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 11:59 am 0

On So You Want to Quit Your Job and Open a Bar

@lemonadefish "My dream is to never own a small business." This is also my dream. In the several times I've struck out on my own, the amount of work I had to do to earn every dollar was so much more than the work I would do paper-pushing for someone else that I realized it wasn't for me. I like free time and paid vacations too much.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 11:56 am 0

On Read This Guide to Interview Clothes And Feel A Modicum of Control Over Your Destiny

Actually, orange is a friendly and team-oriented color associated with fun and physical activity (which is probably why it's a no-go for many corporate jobs). Orange is a great accent color for customer-service related positions. (See logos for: Nickelodeon, Home Depot)

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 7:56 pm 0

On Another Question About Adult Industry Work and Marriage, Answered Badly

I dunno, it's pretty easy to get blackballed in the IT industry. I think the LW has a concern.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm 0

On Cooking: Secretly The Worst?

@Penelope Pine I know you're talking about take-out, but you remind me of an issue I have with the foodie comfort food prosumer cooking set - how can people eat like that every day and not gain a ton of weight? If you're making a wild mushroom risotto with butter for everyday eating, you're taking in 1000 calories for dinner alone! I'll try something Smitten-Kitcheny on the weekends with friends, but during the week I'm strictly a clean eater.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm 0

On Cooking: Secretly The Worst?

@Katni "I decided this morning that we'll be having BLT's and canned tomato soup for dinner tonight because I am out of creativity, patience, and fucks to give this week" My mother is an amazing cook and the meal you describe here is basically what we ate 200 days out of the year growing up.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm 0

On The Economics of Reclining Seats During Flights

@drydenlane I am a smaller person, and I will tell you why we need to recline the seat - the neck rest hits us at the middle of the back of the head, forcing it into a downward tilt (and the rest of our spine into a C-shaped position) for the duration of the flight. The only way to assume an upright posture is to recline the seat.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm 2

On Why We Live Where We Live

I live in the SF Bay Area because: 1) the climate is mild and I have difficult-to-manage SAD 2) I am never the weirdest person in the room, and that's saying something 3) the place was built by smart, weird people and this is where I feel most at home. Also, because I have been here so long, this is where my friends and business connections are and I finally have a place to live that isn't a rental, a basement apartment, and is 5 minutes from the ocean, which are not trivial concerns in this place. I have lived on almost every continent and my family lives all over the US so these are things I have had to think about long and hard.

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm 0