On Should Everyone Work Retail At Least Once?

I guess I'm more intrigued by the fact that there are apparently people who make it to adulthood without ever having worked any type of retail or customer service gig. Who are these people?? That was just the norm when I was a teenager/young adult. Having said that, I guess I like to think of myself as being kinder and gentler when I'm dealing with service industry personnel because I have been on the other side of the transaction, but mostly I just try not to be a raging bitch to my fellow human beings anyway. Like you said, it doesn't take first-hand experience in order to choose not to berate your waiter/barista/cashier when they get something wrong.

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm 2

On ONE! One Thing We Do! Ah, Ah, Ah...

I guess my 1 Thing is to help a friend pick up a Craigslist dresser tonight, but it’s really more of a social call because I haven’t seen her in a month, and she is compensating me for my time and gas mileage via margaritas and tacos. I’ll take it. My mom and I were just discussing The Count the other day. She was telling me the story (for the umpteenth time) of how I knocked out my two front teeth when I was 4, and later declared that I looked “like Dracula”. I wondered aloud how I was aware of Dracula at such a tender age, and The Count was the best explanation we could come up with.

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 3:33 pm 0

On Billfold Housing Survey Results: Are You a Millennial?

For some reason, I have always operated under the idea that Gen-Xers were born all the way up until 1985ish? If the cutoff is 1980, that means I’m only barely a Gen-Xer (May 1979), and, *gasp*, my husband is technically a Millennial (he was born in 1980). I honestly thought the term Millennial was more loosely based on the concept of “do you really and truly recall a time before the internet?" rather than fixed dates.

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm 1

On What Do We Pay For Vs What Do We Ask For

Oh man. I could very easily be the author of this letter, if we didn’t live many states away from my in-laws. However, I think that asking people to help you move is one thing (especially if you’re not going any great distance), and I have certainly been on both sides of that transaction many times over, but I am absolutely of the opinion that when it comes to home repairs or décor, I either want to do it myself, or I want to hire an objective third party. That way, if I hate it, I have nobody to blame but myself and/or a hired professional, where I would at least have some sort of recourse if things were REALLY screwed up.

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm 0

On How 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Does Money

@TheDilettantista This is what I refer to as “hangover TV”. When I’m in a weakened state, my tolerance for crap is much higher. And yeah, I’ll totally watch it out of morbid curiosity as soon as I don’t have to pay any money to do so.

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 3:34 pm 1

On Working According to Our Circadian Rhythms

I have worked 7A-4P for the last few years, and I love it. Especially in the winter months, because it means I get out of the office while there's still at least an hour of daylight left. Plus, it nicely coincides with that afternoon dip in productivity and energy. Granted, it means that I’m generally in bed by 9PM due to my 5AM alarm, but I’m old and married and live in the suburbs, so it’s not like I’d be doing much after 9PM anyway.

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 9:46 am 0

On Talking to a Millennial Homeowner

Something for anyone to consider before buying, if a house has a “quirk” (in this example, only two bedrooms), think long and hard about how eager you’re going to be to unload it when you decide you’re ready for something bigger, if you relocate, if you have a family, etc. The same goes for buying a house that has any sort of unusual add-on or non-original construction. Houses with quirks are generally harder to sell, not only because it may not be what the general public is looking for in a house, but also because the appraiser will be hard-pressed to find comparable properties in that neighborhood, and that will affect the appraised value, and therefore, what you are able to sell it for. That’s probably a large part of why this particular house was selling for so far under market value.

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm 0

On Asking Companies for Recompense

My first instinct is to say that you should never, ever complain about an airline wanting to get you somewhere earlier than anticipated. That just seems like tempting fate and/or karma. But I guess it wouldn't hurt to maybe try to get a free snack pack or something out of them? It doesn't really seem like the kind of scenario where they would give you travel vouchers or anything though, because like Mike said, their contracts are pretty loosey-goosey with regard to the schedule they are required to keep.

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:11 am 0

On Mr. Biscuit's Rotten Summer

@grandma_nancy Same, and I'm not even remotely a cat person. I will say though, I was kind of hoping there would be a breakdown of all the vet costs incurred. There's no way any of that was cheap. I'm sure a lot of people would have opted to put their pets down under those circumstances. This was really sweet.

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 2:59 pm 0

On Failing At Shoplifting, Life With Kesha

A friend and I (who are both well past the age where we would even contemplate shoplifting) were just having the discussion on Saturday that out of the many rules/laws/social contracts that we have broken or otherwise assumed didn’t apply to us, neither of us has ever shoplifted, because we are both of the mindset that we would most definitely get caught. I have not had that reservation about, say, trespassing at various times in my life though. You’ve gotta draw the line somewhere, I guess!

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm 1