@Bill Fostex Yeah really. I agree with all these tips except that one. That sounds like a good way never to get invited over for dinner anymore. I can understand rotating who brings what to these kinds of events but actually counting all the dollars every time? Also there are a lot of options between edamame and a really elaborate, expensive entree.
I'm relatively indifferent to cupcakes but if I died eating a salted caramel cupcake from Cupcake Royale in Seattle I would die a happy woman. I would even maybe consider paying more than like $5 for it.
@Michelle LeBlanc@twitter Has law school not priced people out of that choice at this point?
I've never noticed a difference between generic and name brand Dayquil or Nyquil? I haven't been sick in a while though...
I have a purse from jototes.com and it's the most multi-functional bag I own. It's fake leather but it's really sturdy, it has a laptop compartment and a bunch of removable velcro padding to put my camera/lenses in, but I can also pull all that stuff out and put whatever I want in it. The shoulder strap is also wide enough that it doesn't hurt my back if I have a bunch of heavy stuff in there. It's rigid and keeps its shape well enough that small stuff doesn't sink to the bottom never to be found again. Also, maybe most importantly, it's not ugly or utilitarian-looking. It might be pointless if you never carry a camera around and it still remains to be seen how well it lasts over time, but so far it's been my favorite bag I've ever owned.
That's a shame you have such bad memories of Bois Colombes. I used to work in Colombes, which is Bois Colombes' seedier cousin.
Mike, your paragraph about dark moments worrying that the next job will never come and resenting your student loans is the spot I'm in now and it makes me feel so much better to know that sometimes the next job comes and people only feel this way temporarily even if they did not go to grad school for pharmacology or engineering.
Wait, I'm confused. Was this a sit-down restaurant with a waiter or a cafe where you get the sandwich from behind the counter? I usually shove a dollar or some change in the jar for those people or for baristas, but I thought the tipping rules were different for them? Do those people also make $2 an hour? (My only food service job was Subway in high school, where we were told to tell anyone who offered us a tip to "use it for their next Subway purchase." I never accepted a tip but I definitely never said that.)
@stuffisthings My point was that for breast cancer, it did work, up to a point. Not because people donated 1 cent from buying lipstick but because it became widely known and the taboos about it were broken down to the point that people were willing to donate real money to research (although it's easier to make people care about a disease that their family and friends are getting than water in Africa)
@stuffisthings This is why I have mixed feelings about this. Breast cancer was much more fatal and research much, much less funded back before Komen and pink ribbons and silly things like this because no one knew about it, so at one point in history these kind of campaigns probably had a net positive effect. I worked on an awareness-raising campaign for lung cancer which doesn't have a dedicated month of products for it and whose ribbon color is clear (because someone thought that was a good idea) and the massive gap in awareness was really frustrating. At the same time the message is sort of out now and promoting the idea that this is raising any real money for research is pretty disgusting.