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

@WhyHelloThere This sounds promising! And dammit, now I've looked on Zillow and there are nice homes for under $200,000! Okay, that settles it, I'm finding I job in Iowa and I'm moving to Des Moines! ....Except there's no Ikea. I might have to reconsider.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm 0

On How Going Cash-Only Helped Me Curb My Spending

And now I think I'll have to try this.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm 0

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

@callmeprufrock I'd be game. I feel like other TS Eliot fans would be a good fit.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm 0

On Would You Pay for a Restaurant Reservation?

@madrassoup That's a really good point, and I think it's important for us to take a step back from our self-conceptions of what it means to be cultured, especially in the realm of food. I mean, do I like going to the fancy hip restaurants in my town? Sure. Do I also have a sincere, non-ironic love of Olive Garden? You bet. Not Cracker Barrel, though. I draw the line at Cracker Barrel. It is a hellhole.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:32 am 0

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

@Josh Michtom@facebook Of course, Salt Lake City's idea of crime also includes litterers and jaywalkers (they take it VERY seriously, and the cops will give you a stern, sorrowful dad-lecture if they catch you doing it...not that I would know or anything).

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:25 am 1

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

@Josh Michtom@facebook Okay then, it's back to my backup plan: tiny house in the middle of nowhere where I can grow vegetables, raise chickens and bees, and become a scary old hermit-lady.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:24 am 0

On Would You Pay for a Restaurant Reservation?

Nope. Nope nope nope nope never. Paying for a reservation through one of these stupid "disruptor" companies (that are basically just middlemen) is one of the signs of our decline as a civilization (also, get off my lawn). I mean, don't get me wrong, I like a nice, kinda fancy restaurant--but where I live, things are comparatively easy to get into, and when I go to a bigger city (like, say, DC), I just call one of my old college friends who waits tables, and they come with me and use their amazing waiter connections to help us find all the cool stuff.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:57 am 1

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

I think I could live in Iowa if it were Des Moines. Maybe? I mean, I'm really big on affordable rent, and it's closer to my parents than where I am now. On the other hand, Pittsburgh is also affordable and cool, but it's near other stuff: Philly, New York, DC, Baltimore (what up, Baltimore!) Also, Amish country, AKA Best Place for a Fall Day Trip Outside of Asheville--the quilts! The butter! The Turkey Hill ice cream! Basically, I just want to live in a biggish, interesting city with affordable rent, is that so much to ask?

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:53 am 0

On My Day Interviewing For The Service Economy Startup From Hell

@HelloTheFuture Seriously! You could not pay me enough money to put up with shitty, racist, entitled dudebros who think you should be falling all over yourself in gratitude that they bought you a sandwich. Nope nope nope.

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm 6

On It's Heating Season In New York City

It's now officially Talk to the Landlady About the Heat Time. I'm a shared house, so we can just turn the heat on whenever, but I don't actually know how the boiler-thingy works and one of my roommates is so lackadaisical he doesn't care whether or not we even have power (seriously, the power was down for a couple of days last year and he barely seemed to notice), so it's my job. Urf. I'm just sick of having to wear socks to bed and continually find my hot-water bottle.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm 0