On Got $400? Stay at the New Harry Potter Themed Hotel Rooms

@garli THERE IS A STAR TREK HILTON IN VEGAS?!

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 8:55 am 0

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@Marille *whispers* Thrift everythiiiing...

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm 1

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@Marille Maybe we can form a hermit collective!

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:42 am 0

On An Interview With David Melito, Hollywood Production Accountant

New dream career! Wow! I also have creative aspirations in my heart, but find myself better at logistics/money/people-wrangling than artistic stuff. Jobs like this are exactly where I want to be in the Venn diagram of right brain and left brain jobs.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 10:32 am 0

On How Bad Does Your Landlord Have to Screw Up to Justify a Month’s Free Rent?

I complained to my landlord when we went two months without gas in our building (and therefore no stoves / spotty hot water) in the middle of winter. I asked for a 1/3 reduction in rent for one month, which amounted to something like $650. She lent me a hot plate, refused any discount, and then refused to renew my lease several months later. So, I am now terrified of complaining to any landlord ever for fear of losing my apartment.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 9:48 am 0

On 40-Hour Workweek My Aunt Fanny

My mother is an ocean lifeguard and belongs to a union. Especially with seasonal work, it's really great that her employment is guaranteed year to year, assuming she passes an annual requalification exam. Otherwise the state might just hire a new crop of cheap untrained 18-year-olds each summer. The union also negotiates pay rates and retirement credit, advocates for lifeguards in legal situations, and ensures they have adequate breaks during the day. That last one in particular is important for the lifeguards' health, to prevent heatstroke and exhaustion, and the patrons' safety, making sure the guards are always fresh and alert. My mom's beach hasn't had a patron death in something like 10 years, and I know it's because the guards are experienced, strong, happy, and trust each other after many seasons working together as a crew. Yay unions!

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 9:37 am 0

On Working When You Have No Sleep, A Guide

@HelloTheFuture Yesss, running music keeps me going on the Strugz Days.

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:08 am 0

On Can Feminism and Breastfeeding Coexist, Take 2

@xtinamartinson Oh my gosh, coolest comment ever. I can't wait to try this when my babymaking time comes.

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm 1

On How To Become a Math Person, Vol. 1

I got through honors math and quite liked a lot of science classes, with the exception of phsyics, which busted my butt. But in my adult life I really flourish with applied math: calculating voltage load per circuit when drawing up lighting plots for theater, using trig and geometry to make plans for woodworking and bricklaying projects, understanding the complex financial instruments my colleagues deal with every day. I realize we had to learn the basics before getting to the fun stuff, but I wish more math homework was 'in the field.'

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 10:58 am 0

On Stress-nesting During a Season of Turmoil

I identify with this so hard! My new apartment's kitchen needs some serious DIY-ing. When I am stressed at work, I think greedily about all of the organizing and sprucing-up I will get to do when the time comes.

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:44 am 0