On Amtrak Hacks
Food tips on Amtrak, from about three years ago, so ymmv: you can get a box of TWELVE mini Entenmann's cookies for $4.00. The best value for your money is the $6.00 huge footlong sandwich. Have them microwave it a little for you. The hamburger is not bad. If you take the same train often enough the cafe car man will recognize you and let you microwave your own food in his microwave.
AAAHH I am almost done The Magician's Land and I feel like I'm dying. I must say, Chapter 25 makes me happy beyond words at how the female character feels towards the male character, because I always feel that way towards him. (Trying not to spoil.)
YES to (9)! I try valiantly to avoid buying new books by white men. It's challenging because they're such a large proportion of what's published.
I get my eyebrows, upper lip, and chin waxed. I usually hold out for three months, but I've just decided that it's worth it to do regularly, even if I have to drive up to Baltimore to see my waxer. I've been waxing my eyebrows since I was 11 (which is really a terrible comment on beauty standards), and I can only really recognize my face when my eyebrows are done. I didn't realize how happy it made me on a macro scale, so now I'm going to make more of an effort to keep it up. It's worth the $42.
The DC neighborhood could also be H Street NE. Can we have a whole series on DC gentrification? I loathe that DC is pushing out long-time (black) residents in favor of generally shorter-term rich (generally white) residents. Can we talk about racial disparities in DC? Did you know that the average white household income in DC is $100k, whereas the average black household income in DC is $30k? I have a lot of feelings on this issue and not a lot of coherence. Also I'm not sure if I should be capitalizing "Black," which I think I am because it's like capitalizing Deaf when referring to Deaf people, but I never really know.
@DebtOrAlive That's what full time is. I work for the government and I assure you, I work exactly 40 hours per week, and I could not check my work email from home even if I wanted to. Part time work is fewer than 40 hours a week, by definition.
Roads are my favorite example of where tax dollars go. Roads are important. No one likes potholes or traffic.
Dear Billfold staff, Can we please talk about assertiveness at work? And maybe even stories about it and tips for how to increase it? I'm trying to work on my assertiveness, and it sounds like perhaps if Isabel were more assertive she would have indignantly quit. (No judgment btw, I wouldn't have quit on the spot either.)
@charmcity My girlfriend and I just moved in together this month, and we're writing a cohabitation agreement this weekend, and one thing that it will specify is that she will get the apartment if we should break up. (My family is all in the area, and more of my friends are in the area. She's from across the country.) We should consider adding in the concept of breakup and moving costs, though. But I really like the idea of figuring out these things when you still really love each other and want the best for each other.
@angry little raincloud I don't know. Referring to professions as jobs like doctor, lawyer, and banker rubbed me the wrong way. Is he saying that other careers aren't professions or professional? Because you can be a professional hairstylist, or a professional cyclist, or a professional chef. It's not just high-prestige jobs. It feels like he's saying these other types of jobs aren't professions.