Ahhhhh, thank god this news came out! My office is threatening to convert to an open format, and I'm dreeeeeeeeading it. I can't concentrate without at least a tiny drop of privacy! If there are people everywhere and there's no way to escape them, how is anything ever going to get done??
On Open Thread
@OllyOlly I would second the Golden West recommendation - one of my very favorite places to eat in Baltimore. Or for a nice date-like dinner, the Helmand is a good Afghan place in Mount Vernon, and then for a cozy ambient place to have beers afterwards, you could go down the street to Brewer's Art.
@omgkitties I am also on the reference desk right now, and quietly peeing myself.
@redheaded&crazy For Union Square, I'd say lower it to $750 and you will find yourself a taker soon enough!
@stuffisthings My husband and I just moved a few weeks ago, and we got rejected from our dream apartment for not making 40X the rent (and guarantors weren't an option because they requested that if we found a guarantor, that person had to make 80X the rent!!! Which is obviously impossible.). Then we eventually found another place, where to make up for not making 40X the rent, they asked us to pay 3 extra months' worth in advance. AND SO WE DID. Because this is NYC and we're all out of our minds.
I used to pay 38%, but now that we've moved into a slightly bigger place that can accommodate a baby, it's up to 46%. (I live in NYC.)
AHHHHH, each celebrity diet article this lady has written has been hysterically funny. This just made my day.
@Michelle Yeah, I didn't see Olen's article as criticizing women who are partaking in domestic activities because they truly enjoy those activities. I think her point is more that when you have a woman who WOULD be interested in a typical outside-of-the-home career, but feels increasingly alienated from those careers because they won't allow for an adequate work-life balance (the type of work-life balance that might a person to cook wholesome meals, spend time with their kids, grow a cucumber or two) that she might feel like the best alternative is to quit the career and go extra gung-ho into the domestic scene as a form of compensation for what she has given up in the workplace. It's about a sense of being pushed out of the workplace due to its lack of flexibility, and having to make up the difference by searching for meaning elsewhere, such as in a super-ambitious baking or gardening or knitting project at home. All I know is that I've had a career for roughly the past 9 years now, and I am currently pregnant, and ever since getting pregnant I've begun to clearly see firsthand just how hostile the US workaday world is to motherhood, home life, and work-life balance in general. And sometimes it seems like this extreme sport or military-like ethic is going on if you work and have a family: "if you can't take the heat, get outta the kitchen!" Or in this particular case, get back INTO the kitchen, I guess.
I do it all the time, with a cardigan on top. And if someone in the office (unless they happen to be in the HR department) has nothing better to do with their time than to monitor what I wear, that's their problem, not mine. Ain't we here to work?
"Sam, is this the law? Can I do this? And I’m like, I don’t know, there’s like a million laws." That made me laugh a whole lot. Also, I hope this doesn't also apply to doctors. "Sam, is this body part okay? Do I need surgery on this body part? And I'm like, I don't know, man, there's like a million body parts!"