At sit-down restaurants I tip 20% for dinner, 15-18% for anything else, unless the service was stellar. At bars I usually pay cash, so I'll give a dollar per drink no matter the price (usually a $5-6 beer). I don't eat at food trucks that often, but I don't tip there when I do. The way I see it, they might be assembling my meal (like a burrito or something), but I don't tip at Chipotle so it doesn't make sense to tip at the food truck. I don't normally tip at coffee shops either. There is one where I tip because they have two tip bowls, each with something different written on it, and you vote for one with your tips. It's mundane things like which dog breed you like better, but it's cute and often clever. For services like nails, hair, and massage, I always tip around 20%.
I can only listen to classical music when working, and when I really need to concentrate (like on writing a paper) it can only be instrumental. I get distracted if it's opera or chant because I might know or understand the lyrics, and the voices are so beautiful that I want to focus on them.
The lines in that Trader Joe's are INSANE, though. I go to Fairway just a couple blocks north and take the bags on the 1. Really glad I started doing that.
You are not alone in your trashy mags only in airports habit.
I'm not sure I like the Anthony Bourdain story at the end. It's very popular when giving advice to young people to say that [insert famous person here] didn't have his/her act together until they were older. I think it's perfectly fine not to have things completely figured out in your early twenties, but the fact is that if you live hand to mouth into your 30s, you're probably not going to come out in a comfortable financial position. I'm not talking about the writer specifically, but most of us are not going to strike it rich in our 40s. Sure, take risks! But make sure it's calculated, like the rest of the response suggests.
I was once yelled at by an interviewer who hadn't yet made me an offer when I told her that I had accepted another offer (a way better one). I hadn't meant to deceive her into thinking she had more time to decide, and she was wrong to yell at me, but it made me realize that it's better to be crystal clear about your timeline to avoid burned bridges. I agree with the commenters who say to ask Company X for a firm deadline and let Company Y know about it.
Girlfriend needs to wake the hell up.
My parents are the same way. My dad taught me to collect and roll all my change when I was about 3 years old, and it's one of my favorite annual activities. Never use Coinstar--what a rip-off! Through my mom's influence, though, I willingly spend $300 on nice work pumps. I am entering her career, so she taught me that it's important to look the part!