On Surprise! Women Are Criticized More Personally in Performance Reviews

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.

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm 0

On Is Air Conditioning Worth It?

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!")

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm 0

On Get Rich Slowly "If You Can"

@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.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm 0

On When One Person Earns More Than the Other in a Relationship

@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.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:11 pm 5