@deathcabforcutes just because it's romantic, I guess. I'm a little bit traditional, but not so traditional that I want him to decide by himself when we're ready for marriage.
I had my purse snatched in a foreign city while I was busy making out with an ex I had reconnected with. All my cash, camera, and photos from 20 days of travel were gone. The purse was found in the men's room of a bar, and the owners were able to track me down by my hotel key. I was elated to have my license and other important cards back, and to not have my identity stolen.
Yea, I don't understand how you can date someone for years without talking about life goals, timelines, and practicalities. What DO you talk about? I think if you and your partner are communicating properly, you shouldn't need an ultimatum because you'll both know where you stand. Also, romance and practicality are not mutually exclusive! My bf and I have been talking marriage forever, and job/location realities prompted discussions of when we should formalize our plans. We decided to get engaged within the next 6 months, and went to look at rings together. He will ultimately choose the ring (now that we know my taste) and surprise me with the proposal. This suits us :)
I can't believe both women gave back their engagement rings! If the giver of the ring calls it off, the receiver should DEFINITELY keep it.
I'm shocked that the bride had the foresight to warn you there would be nothing for you to eat, but not to place at least one veggie option on the menu.
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.