By the way, James Patterson is the richest author in the US BY FAR. He earns more than the next 7 or so put together. See http://www.forbes.com/pictures/emjl45keek/james-patterson/ (I got this info from the Book Riot podcast, which is a very good business-related podcast for the publishing world, by the way!)
I can relate, I actually wrote a free verse elegy to my favorite black flats when I finally walked a hole right through them, and I've never written a poem in my life. http://notthatindie.tumblr.com/post/18517709931/elegy-for-the-best-pair-of-black-flats-ever-i
@TheDilettantista Like many on this thread, I had literally never heard of this practice until I read this article, despite having traveled a lot and grown up with parents who traveled and who would never stiff someone on a tip. Who is supposed to teach you this? How do we all learn about tipping everyone else (waitstaff, hairdressers, doormen) but not hotel cleaning staff? Can it really be considered "standard" if so many people who should be in a position to know about it have never even heard of it?
When I was a graduate assistant trying very hard to get a permanent position at the place I was working, I had a series of meetings with my boss where she told me "we don't have the resources to hire you," followed by, "wait, we MIGHT be able to hire you after all, I'll let you know at some point in the next few months." Needless to say this made me anxious to prove my worth to the department while I sat on pins and needles waiting for a decision and getting closer and closer to graduating. At my next performance review, my boss told me I seemed "too defensive" and "anxious to prove myself" and it was "off-putting." I don't think I have ever been angrier. She literally strung me along for another two months after that before finally hiring me.
I live by myself in a small apartment in Nashville (it’s 95º out today) with a wall unit like you see in hotel rooms. True, I tend to be cold natured and keep my thermostat on 77 in the summer, but still, heat costs me WAAAAAY more than air conditioning. My electricity bill in the winter months is around $120. In the summer, it’s $45. A/C: 1000% worth it. Also, Josh, your curmudgeonliness reminds me of Dr. Castellano's comment on the Mindy Project about heating ("What do you need that for, to keep your drawer full of sweaters warm? You want to get warm, do some pushups!")
@andnowlights I have the same deal--I save 5% in my 403(b) each month and my employer matches it. So I guess I need to be putting an additional 5% in an IRA each month, but where does that money come from?? And is this 5% before or after taxes? I'm definitely going to be reading this pamphlet, but I am afraid it is going to make me pretty sad.
@LDW Yeah, to put it less kindly, this guy kind of sounds like he has his head up his ass. Also, the word "Sisyphusianly" is awful.