On What Aren't We Spending Money On?

The problem with Costco is that I live basically downtown, and there are NO Costcos in the broader urban area. They're ALL suburban. I don't own a car. You also need a membership unless you get somebody to give you a gift card. But yeah, also, I wouldn't buy anything but TP and non-perishable goods, which isn't enough savings to justify spending money renting a car. Urban living ... you trade some costs for others. I don't own or maintain a car, but I pay in lots of little ways.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:31 am 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@thegirlieshow Yep. If the reason is to highlight, apparently, how lucky these lottery winners are, why don't we have separate doors for actual lottery winners as well? People who came by their money through not merit, but circumstance or chance? What about people just born into richer families? Maybe we should point out that while they did get jobs and many are generally deserving and skilled people, some part of their lives was come by through luck. We should highlight that. Doors for everyone!

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm 1

On The Dead Guy in Your Apartment Building, and Other Lessons in Living Alone

@garli Yep! My hands get dry, and they insulate my hands against very hot or very cold water. I also have more grip on slippery dishes.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

Next: Separate entrances for students on scholarships, bursaries, and subsidized loans. Separate tables for schoolchildren who get subsidized lunches. Separate seats for students and seniors who buy subsidized fares.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm 3

On The Last (Profane but Awesome) Word on Weddings

@dotcommie Are the couples going to talk to everyone, or just talk and eat and dance among themselves? Are the singles expected to entertain each other? I'm picturing a runaway game of singles charades now, haha.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:53 am 0

On The Last (Profane but Awesome) Word on Weddings

Samantha is my Patronus.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:51 am 3

On Think Of The Money I Could Make By Simply Ruining My Life With Airbnb

I think I couldn't live with the idea of someone pawing over my things and potentially breaking or taking them? Or meeting somebody really unsavoury? Just can't. If I owned a place, I'd be OK with finding a long-term tenant for a room, but the AirBnB model I can't do (unless it was a property specifically for the purpose, which is kind of another level).

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm 0

On The Lifestyles of the Super Rich and Forbes Famous

@Worgchef I guess it depends on your definition of "rich." I kind of include middle-class families on that list, which, to be fair, I guess I really mean "not poor." People make fun of so-called "hipster" naming conventions a lot, but in my experience, I've seen the most vitriol when it comes to unique or different spellings of names used by African-American families -- often coming with a tone that implies a lack of learning or a misplaced sense of "specialness" (as if tons of parents don't choose names based on wanting their kid to stand out at least a little?). It's really ... judgey. I don't really get it, but I don't think I'm being naive by thinking it's frequently down to a socio-economic and racial bias.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm 1

On The Lifestyles of the Super Rich and Forbes Famous

@Ester Bloom Oh, no, I totally agree! I meant to point out that we are bizarrely OK with the latter, while mostly ignoring the former. Mostly, I'm just like, "Names come and go ... is it really weirder than any other word we assign to a person?" :|

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm 0

On The Lifestyles of the Super Rich and Forbes Famous

Then can I also say, we don't make fun of rich white people's "wacky" names for their children as much as we make fun of poor black people's "wacky" names for THEIR children?

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm 0