@lisaf The only use I could ever figure out was for tracking checks that don't get cashed right away. I was always terrible as a teenager about cashing birthday checks in a timely fashion, and I only now realize how obnoxious that probably was for my family that would suddenly have the money come out of their account three months after they wrote it. If you think that could happen regularly, I can see wanting to know how much outstanding money you potentially could have leaving your account.
Your comment about wanting to be the Cool Girl + Breadwinner made me think of the second letter in this Toast advice column: http://the-toast.net/2014/05/02/advice-on-coworkers-and-being-poorer-than-you-want/ Mallory's response in particular is so spot and resonates so deeply.
Ferguson actually did push me to finally make a twitter account! It was the event that finally convinced me that I actually would miss out on important news/context/etc. without one.
@triplea Yes, I actually thought this was where the story was heading!
@nell I had that initial reaction, but for me I think it had more to do with the way the headlines have framed it as the companies paying/incentivizing women to do this, when really it's just being added as one of many health benefits that are offered to employees. We can just add this to the long list of reasons why it's not a great idea that health insurance is tied so closely to employment in the US.
I also think that doing my taxes myself by hand is soothing! I don't think I've ever met anyone else who shares this sentiment.
I've gotta say I definitely side with Dustin on this one . . . I can't imagine how livid I would be if my partner gave my mother my bank account information! Can't she just write the check out to you? Or buy the stroller online and have it shipped to you? ETA: I'm not sure why either of those options are actually that different, but somehow they feel different to me? idk
@EM I can't even talk about what they did to Lane, to this day it sends me into a blind rage.
It also made me happy that even after she found the dress and had the emotional moment, she still took some time to think it over and make her decision. As an incredibly indecisive person, that seems like the most stressful part of the whole ordeal - for such a big financial decision, there's so much pressure to decide on the spot!
@LookUponMyWorks Yup, and Big is dating a movie star, which is what the "she can reach me, but I can't get to her" quote is referencing. I think she dumps him and that's why he shows up all sad at the cabin?