No way in hell would I ever freelance. I do not have the discipline required and I know I'd be a disaster at the paperwork (I can barely work up the motivation to handle my personal taxes once a year. It takes like half an hour and I always get money back AND YET I put it off until 10 PM the night before). I thrive in my structured corporate environment. Born to work in a cubicle, I guess!
I still buy a ton of CD's & records, and I go to a couple shows here and there. My preferred method of consuming music is to buy an album, listen to it 60 times over 3 weeks. Idk, maybe you can do that on Spotify, but I don't want to find out. This is the only area in my life in which I am technology-averse.
I'm going to home for the weekend for my dad's birthday - I already bought Thalys tickets and a present, so maybe I won't spend anything besides for groceries to cook a family meal. I might do some online christmas shopping (or is that too late?? aah) So probably € 50 for groceries.
"It felt like a defense lawyer doing character assassination" exactly! That's what made me so uncomfortable while reading it.
@lisaf Can we really rely on that, though? IDK, the way she writes about her daughter leaves a bad taste in my mouth - like these parents would put anything out there to undermine their daughter's credibility. If it was part of the divorce agreement to pay for college in some way, they need to suck it up and hash out an agreement, instead of acting like brats.
@erinep So you stay at home and take care of your kid yourself, because it makes more sense, and then when you eventually go back into work (having been out of the workforce a few years) you make less than a person your age who has continued working (=make less than all men, lbr) and the depressing cycle continues.
@ruth_zweig Without ever apologizing, even!
@milena the one I'm with now is a subsidiary of Orange. FIGURES. I think most people here don't use credit cards - companies make sure they get their money through direct debit contracts.
@editrickster Banks are under much stricter regulations nowadays, which affects client onboarding. I interned in the U.S. and I remember being APPALLED that I got charged for incoming calls & texts (which were 95 % spam as only my boss and like two friends had my number).
OMG YES. I had a similar experience trying to get a mobile phone number in France. They needed so much proof! I went back so many times with stuff and they kept losing it? I only kept trying because they offered the only plan with unlimited free texts home. Thank god I could get an account through work (I work for an investment bank that has a retail banking business here) bc I can't imagine the bureaucracy involved.