On Tipping Housekeeping is Controversial? (No It Isn't)

I tip because I know the reality is that workers depend on gratuities, but then it's not actually "gratuity" it's just to get them to a living wage. Marriott is a multi-billion-dollar company; this campaign basically says that it can't pay its housekeeping staff just a teeny bit more, so it asks its customers to do so.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:17 am 1

On Job of the Day: Silicon Valley Home Stager

@emmycantbemeeko Maybe the realtor staged it themselves?

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm 0

On AirBnb Ruined Our Lives and Turned Us Into Entitled City Dwellers

@happy_misanthrope Yes I noticed that line, too, and I thought about Hannah on Girls complaining about working at the magazine, only to find out her coworkers were accomplished writers.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm 1

On AirBnb Ruined Our Lives and Turned Us Into Entitled City Dwellers

I like srmattew's idea. Or at least using some of the AirBnb income to outsource the housecleaning.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm 1

On The Billfold Book Club: David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'

@nnlsbin re: apps i've used Wunderlist for a long time, and recently i've been using Swipes which is really simple (especially when programming a reminder for yourself). There's also Trello which arranges your list into boards. You can access all of them through their apps or in a web browser.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm 0

On How It Feels to Pay Off $70,000 in Debt

@Mindful Riot and you might be able to find the boots (like I did) at Nordstrom Rack and the like! Or on sale at the regular Nordstrom. And congratulations!

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm 0

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

@hoorayllamas agreed!

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 2:49 am 0

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

@MrDean but again, regulations. You can't build past 6 stories in the Mission, one of San Francisco's currently-gentrifying neighborhoods. I tried looking there first when I was moving to SF, and no dice. I grew up in the Northeast and used to live in NYC (Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan) and was used to a vertical city. Then I moved to DC, and you couldn't build anything higher than the Capitol. Then I moved to SF, and the downtown skyline is notable partly because you don't see tall buildings anywhere else. Our tallest building right now is 48 stories, and no, I don't think people are allowed to live in it.

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 2:27 am 0

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

@therealjaygatsby good point, and it underscores how DC's construction rate has kept pace with the demand of newcomers (the affluent ones at least, as the WaPo article mentions). I didn't mean to say area size was THE main reason, but that it adds to the complications of zoning regulations a city has established.

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 2:23 am 0

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

NYC: 305 square miles. San Francisco: 46.9 square miles.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm 1