On A Cautionary Tale About Generation Gig

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!

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:20 am 1

On How Much Did You Spend On Music This Year

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.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:25 am 0

On Friday Estimate

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.

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:06 am 0

On You Can Sue Your Parents To Pay Your College Tuition!

"It felt like a defense lawyer doing character assassination" exactly! That's what made me so uncomfortable while reading it.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 9:31 am 1

On You Can Sue Your Parents To Pay Your College Tuition!

@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.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 5:06 am 0

On In Which I Help Economists Become "Un-Baffled" About America's Dropping Fertility Rate

@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.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 4:31 am 0

On Meet America's Most Worthless Human Being

@ruth_zweig Without ever apologizing, even!

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 11:49 am 0

On One American's Search for a Bank Account Abroad

@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.

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 11:36 am 0

On One American's Search for a Bank Account Abroad

@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).

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:58 am 0

On One American's Search for a Bank Account Abroad

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.

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:24 am 0