On Symbolic Purchases

@andnowlights Uh, yeah, I guess that came out wrong? No offense intended. I meant that I identify, because when you have these two cultural ideals of "eating 'right'" and saving money, no matter what you're doing "right" you're still always doing something "wrong." In no way did I mean to imply that anyone chooses to feel guilty about anything. I meant that various cultural ideals contradict each other in ways that are meant to make people (especially women) feel shitty about themselves.

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm 0

On Symbolic Purchases

@andnowlights Yes! This way there's always something to feel guilty about.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm 0

On Broke With Bad Skin, UNTIL ...

If you still have some of that tamanu oil lying around, it's really good for acne scarring!

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm 0

On Does Anything In The SOTU Affect Us Personally

The links in the block quote all seem to be broken...and I would really like to hear more about federal loan repayment! I seem to have missed that part of the speech?

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:29 am 0

On Da Do 1, 1 Thing, Da Do 1 Thing

I traveled between NYC and DC regularly for a couple of years (long distance relationship), and there *are* options besides flying that will save you a lot of money if you're willing to put up with some time/hassle. Bolt and Megabus are (were?) something like $30 one-way, and it's a 4-hour drive if traffic is ok. Amtrak is faster and nicer, but a bit pricier (maybe $50-$60 one-way?). Either is definitely cheaper than a plane ticket, and possibly less of a hassle than dealing with airport security. And that's my unsolicited $0.02.

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm 1

On King of the Christmas Jews

This is incredibly nit-picky, but it's one of my editing pet peeves: writing an amount of money using *both* the dollar sign and a word that means dollar. It's redundant, and I always end up reading to myself: "fifteen dollars bucks." /pedantry

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm 0

On The Cost of an Ugly Christmas Sweater

@guenna77 100% with you on this.

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm 0

On Simulating Wealth and Poverty in Junior High

I took a grad-level class that was, in part, about "the affective experience of post-Fordist capitalism" (as we talk about these things in the liberal arts). The class was taught and populated by people who thought of themselves neo-Marxists. It didn't take very long into the semester for me to realize that I did not need to vicariously experience the anxiety, instability, and trauma of being poor in America, because it was part of my own experience. Reliving these experiences and trying to dissect them in an academic way was pretty difficult for me, and ended up making me very aware of the difference of my background that ultimately kept me from speaking in any substantive way. I realized then that choosing to spend time in this world often means that you've never had to live in it.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm 0

On Holiday Shopping Stories

@Erica This is a moment straight out of an O. Henry story, or Dickens, or something. It's like the Gift of the friggin' Magi, except worse, because nobody gets anything.

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 10:07 am 0

On Holiday Shopping Stories

That story about the empty box is kind of breaking my heart.

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm 1