I got a free flu shot this year through work, but it was a pain in the ass because I had to go out to the burbs to get it, despite not having a car. I did it because I hang out with children and old people, and also because I work in a pharmacy (which annoyingly doesn't offer flu shots this year) and I touch people who have the flu on the reg, and purell can only do so much. I think part of the issue is what I'm going to call illness inflation. The actual flu is AWFUL. Like, fever, laid out for two weeks throwing up awful. But so many people call their (admittedly bad!) colds "the flu" and I think this makes people less afraid of getting the flu than they should be. If you don't have a fever and you don't want to barf, you don't have the flu, stop saying you do. While you're at it, stop trying to get antibiotics for viruses and if you are prescribed antibiotics for something they treat appropriately, finish your course or you are ruining that antibiotic's effectiveness for the future. You are truly the reason we can't have nice things.
@Stephanie Late on this, but please just hand the shit you don't want to the cashier. I work at Target and we have pleeeeeeenty of work to do, and all you do when you leave shit around the store for us to mystery find is keep us long past the purported end of our shift. Just give it to the cashier! We have a bin for it.
At least you didn't try to rope her into your dispute like some people who come through my line. I don't give a fuck who pays. One of you do it and sort it out between yourselves later.
@aetataureate Oh I definitely agree that spending has ethical implications and is political, but I also think that in particular wedding spending is scrutinized out of proportion with other expensive things.
@deepomega As someone says downthread,I think it's a don't hate the player hate the game situation. People who have expensive weddings are not tacky. I don't own a car and take the bus. A prius costs about what a wedding costs, and I'm not going to tell someone who buys one of those that they are tacky and I am classy, and I don't think anyone thinks a prius is like a jag. These are not like, celebrity wedding costs we're talking about here. I agree that there is too much pressure for weddings to cost a lot, and that it's a rip off, but I don't think it makes people who do them tacky or a fool just like a don't think owning a nice car makes one tacky or a fool.
@WaityKatie Money is there to be spent on things one enjoys. I think weddings come in for extra scrutiny because they're perceived as a female thing (even though they often involve at least one dude) whereas say, getting a nice car does not. Some people can afford different things than other people, and not everyone is obligated to craft their wedding dress out of lentils and serve their guests bbq in a public park. -A veteran of the Jezebel wedding wars
Wow. I want to do all these things. I'm reminded of how my last five years of apathy and complacency are kind of the opposite of my true personality. I guess it's also a reminder to shop for jobs you don't know you're qualified for. I want to be an adventure person!
This feels very much like a companion to the instagram piece. I have this with groupon too, where I think about what kind of exciting person I will be, picking up my case of fancy wine and dining at Russia House.
@MuffyStJohn I recouped maybe forty in guilt money the next day.
@Mike Dang My 24th birthday party ended with me paying about $100 for friends who left without paying. I was a grad student at the time. A really, really pissed off grad student.