On Kids Trick-or-Treating Across Class Lines Makes 1%er Feel Faint

For many years I lived in a decent neighborhood bordered by a lot of not so nice neighborhoods and scruffy apartment complexes. Every year I got hundreds of kids at the door. It was crazy fun, even when the giant boys came around at the end of the trick or treating window. It was a night when even the poor kids got to go right up to you and make demands - one of the high points of their year, I'm sure. Why is that such a problem?

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm 0

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

I live in a vacation destination that is highly seasonal. Lots of seasonal businesses operate on a cash basis, probably because of issues with processing chargebacks from vanished vacationers or questions of terminal fees for operations that are literally closed for 8 months of the year as much as the extra margin of income from cash. Personally I don't find the ATM outside to be a slap in the face; it's a benefit for those of us who did not plan ahead. One or two gas stations in the area offer a discount for cash sales.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 11:56 am 0

On Everyone's Born in the Summer Damn Them So What Do You Do?

Since I am All Grown Up and have few needs or wants I don't prefer to satisfy for myself I am not so much into birthday gifts. Except for my own children I generally do not buy birthday presents or expect any (exception being my spouse). If I am working on my birthday I bring cake or slutty brownies or some other kind of treat for everyone to share.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:14 am 0

On How Grandparents Do Money

My grandparents, taught me to make it, grow it, and make it last, reinforced by my mother who can make or fix anything.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:52 am 0

On How to Repair a Car That Isn't Yours

In my opinion as a car owner: Ordinary repairs that the owner may have had to do if you had not had custody of the car, owner pays. Damage to the car, you pay all unless insurance pays some in which case you pay the deductible plus a gift.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm 0

On What Did Your First Job Pay Then and What Does It Pay Now?

My first job was retail at F&R Lazarus, paying minimum wage of $1.00/hour, generously staffed. That job with the Major Retailer I work for now with the lack of experience I had then would pay $8.00 (MA minimum wage), skimpily staffed and you would be expected to be able to sell an entire house full of custom furniture almost immediately. Gasoline in 1968 cost .29/gallon full service, by way of comparison, and $5 paid for my full week of bus transport to and from work. We had a subsidized cafeteria, a lounge, 20% discount and a registered nurse on duty. I don't think you get as much for your work these days, and fewer people are hired to do the same amount of work.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm 0

On Would You Pay $375 for A Night at the Museum? ANY Museum?

The price for two is way out of our budget, but probably a pretty good deal compared to say a broadway show and dinner. I am clearly not their target audience.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm 0

On Are Land Lines Worth It?

I have always had horrible cell reception in my house anywhere I have ever lived, not to mention an ongoing problem with my cell that NO ONE could hear me (until I took my out-of-warranty iphone apart and fixed it, so if I want to communicate with anyone I need my land line. ATT, by the way.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0

On Stranded at SeaWorld vs Whale Watching

Whale watching, for sure. I've only been once but I would do it again. I will never go to Sea World, for cruelty to animals and disregard for OSHA standards.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 11:31 am 0

On Cats vs. Dogs: The Dollars and Sense Edition

Cats are generally cheaper, in my experience. Small dogs of types that do not need professional grooming are second. Really it's not that hard to learn to groom a dog yourself, either. One thing I keep seeing is people who are willing to go to heroic lengths to keep an animal with otherwise terminal health problems alive. I am really not willing to do that myself. There is nothing wrong with adopting a healthy animal and limiting how far you are willing to carry vet care. Vet bills have skyrocketed in the last ten years, even for the normal yearly checkups and vaccines that comprise the minimum of pet care.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm 1