On Life in the Desert: The Troubling Need for Cars

I live in Madison, WI, and while I do not live in a food desert, I know that there are neighborhoods that have this issue. We have a decent bus system and bike trails, and while more affluent people ride fancy nice bikes and wear the shorts and all that, I definitely see people who have a rickety old bike as their only means of independent transportation. I commute by bike, each year starting a little earlier and putting it away for the year a little later, and take the bus in bad weather. After my grandpa passed away in 2008, I inherited his '97 Camry. In all 160k miles, it has never been a commuter car. I do try and be conscious of trying to ride my bike vs. driving. I take it to the grocery store and the gym and to visit my parents. It has though in the last year started to slowly turn into a money pit. Once I find a new job with more security, I plan on getting a used Prius with low miles that I could hold onto for a decade if needed.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm 0

On Every Little Thing She Does Is 1 Thing

@erinep I WIN! Down to $45 after fees, before taxes. I just had to repeat myself a dozen times. Beer me.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm 0

On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

@potatopotato I wasn't there. And I don't really know these people. it was in RI and their Boston was actually in the wedding wearing a red bow tie.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm 0

On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

@Heather F G Buster is gross and will eat any poop. We think in his "past life" before he was surrendered he just had the run of the yard and picked the habit up there. He generally has guts of steel and rarely pukes, but sometimes has digesting problems. He's on grain free food, and has hardly had tummy issues since we switched and rarely farts - he used to clear the room. We have a friend with two boston pups about Gretel's age who have all sorts of allergies and sensitivities. Luckily, Otto is growing out of it but Olive is still having issues. Also, a friend of a friend of a friend got married a few weeks ago and included their boston in the wedding. OMG. I'll tweet the link to you.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm 1

On Every Little Thing She Does Is 1 Thing

@andnowlights HA. When I was on the phone with them two weeks ago, I said, "I have paid my bills on time and have been a loyal customer. Isn't there any way that we can lower the price back down to our last promo rate of $45?" and the Charter girl actually said "I know if's frustrating to pay your bills on time and to be a loyal customer, but we don't have any deals for you". I was too nice and didn't threaten u-verse. This time I will still be polite but i will say the phrase "u-verse".

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm 0

On Every Little Thing She Does Is 1 Thing

@crenb It's just internet. I've tried TDS but they're not in my 'hood. It's charter or at&t, it seems, and I had switched to charter because at&t was a disaster on every level. I was on the phone with them all the time because it never worked, or for billing problems, I could log in to my account but it would say I didn't have access to anything. I've never had any service problems at all with Charter, and it'd been a peaceful co-existence until the bill creeped up.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm 0

On Every Little Thing She Does Is 1 Thing

Two One Things, one of which is a follow up to a One Thing from Two Weeks ago: First, look at the renewal for my rental insurance policy. the man bought a $uper fancy road bike in March and when I called my agent to add it to our plan, the receptionist intercepted me and "did" it and screwed it all up, raising our premium from 12.50/month to $33 a month. I had kind of dealt with that, as to how it was listed but it's still $22/month and that's just not right. So, I need to call and talk to the right person. Second, deal with Charter AGAIN. Which also involves figuring out exactly what I can threaten to switch to.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm 0

On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

Poor Gretel :( have you tried like 1/4- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin for these situations? Buster is disgusting and eats rabbit poop, and I keep a flattened baggie of canned pumpkin in the freezer for him to break off pieces when he needs it. Also, thank you for sharing!

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm 1

On Which is Objectively Worse, Burger King or McDonalds, Sbarro or Pizza Hut?

@Ester Bloom Food Republic is basically one of two websites that will not open on my work computer, but I AM VALIDATED! I don't have the world's best sniffer due to having allergies for half the year, but I knew I wasn't crazy. At least not about this.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm 0

On Which is Objectively Worse, Burger King or McDonalds, Sbarro or Pizza Hut?

Culver's is my fast food of choice, hands down. Big menu, tastes good, made right then. I also have to say (because there is a time and place for fast food breakfast) that the new Taco Bell breakfast is way better to me than McD's breakfast. I always regret getting McD's breakfast and T Bell has been pretty satisfying. #expressyourunpopularopinions And what is the deal with the SMELL of Subway? It has to be something about the chemically bread they're "baking". You go in there and you can smell it on your clothes the rest of the day. My bus stop going home is outside a subway and somehow I correlate that smell to bologna sandwiches, even though a bologna sandwich at home would taste a thousand times better than a Subway sandwich. /end rant

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm 0