As someone who grew up in a low income area with a huge (and hugely wealthy) summer tourist population, I love talking about class and wealth and signifiers. I felt like my entire upbringing was an ongoing lesson in cultural anthropology. And then I went to college and felt complicit.
@suiterkin "No, I've been working all day." God, the way she says it! She's already bored. (Downvoting Jenny is what I figured, but I'll take any old excuse to past that video).
@suiterkin My family has been using this an an exclamation of confusion on a near-daily basis since 1991. Such a good movie! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT9d4q9mYrw&t=7m25s
@rbrtposteschild Oh god flowering bud. Flowering bud. This is what I get for going with tea instead of coffee.
Another solid apple test is to peek at the bottom, where the flowering but used to be. If it looks fresh and green, the apple is probably excellent. If it looks dried out or has started to split, it's probably going to be mealy. This is also a good way to choose between different varieties of apple, should you be overwhelmed. Just go with whichever batch looks best!
I read this article earlier today, and the fact that she obviously knows better and is simply behaving this way for 'good' tv makes it even more appalling. But I was also struck by the author's notice of the family's television, which she says goes unmentioned because it would 'kill the sob story'. Is she implying that the family is poor, but not , you know, poor poor? Because this makes her seem hugely ignorant of not only the realities of global poverty, but how most people in the world actually live. This article grossed me out on many levels, is what I am saying.
There's a Fraggle joke here, but I just can't find it.
@lalaland I feel guilty too! Especially when I hear people discussing their über-detailed breakdowns. My own spending varies wildly, so I never understand how people can work such hard and fast spending plans. I'm like you, in that I have a cushion I'm comfortable with in my checking account. This is the account I use for all spending. At the end of each month, whatever remains above that amount goes into savings. This is on top of the chunk I place into the savings account from the get-go. If I dip into the cushion, part of the next paycheck goes to re-establishing equilibrium.
I've recently started to realize just how much I allow the glorification of messiness to absolve my own laziness. I too blame Reality Bites.