On Secret Debt Threatened My Marriage

@Riaana Yes, I'm really surprised too! I had to disclose like 2k of credit card debt before purchasing a home with my SO, and I felt nervous and embarrassed about that amount alone. He was also mildly put-off because of the way delayed way it was presented and I didn't think that was unreasonable. Also, there are a lot of differences between credit card debt and student loan debt. The former is much more concerning if you are going to merge finances with someone. It's no immoral to have CC debt, but it's a fair point of concern for partners.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm 0

On It's Time to Talk About 'Snowpiercer,' the Best Action Movie of the Summer

@TheDilettantista I didn't question the snowsuit, but mostly because it was goddamn adorable.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm 0

On It's Time to Talk About 'Snowpiercer,' the Best Action Movie of the Summer

I had zero information about this film before watching it. The beau downloaded it early on Amazon, and I didn't know it was a current movie or even an American movie until we had watched a few minutes. So I, maybe incorrectly, interpreted the entire movie through an environmentalist lens, especially the ending. It makes Wilford and his obsession with balance seem less cruel--it's the simple, heartless reality of an ecosystem. The ocean doesn't care what eats you, especially if you're the plankton going into a whale. In my mind, the ending was extremely bleak. Humans had simply destroyed the last version of an inhabitable environment for themselves in a last ditch effort to improve it, just as they had in the prologue. This also made some of the seeming plot holes or technical difficulties of life on the train less questionable to me. Note: This is a cold interpretation that in no way my reflects my personal belief system or politics!

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm 0

On Taking a Pay Cut

I left my first full time job (copy-editing) after 3 months for an internship at a non-profit that I had admired for years. I was only making $30,000 at the original job, but made $9.25/hour at the internship and had to take up a second job hostessing at a pub. Ultimately I think it was worth it since it helped my career develop in the direction I desired. The organization's name added a lot of value to my resume, even though it added little value to my bank account. Plus I was incredibly bored at the first job. I shudder at the thought of staying there for longer than I did, even though I ended up spending 2 years making zilch.

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 11:21 am 0

On Does Saving Money Make You Happy?

Saving does make me happy. It makes me feel secure and proud of myself. However, I imagine having the means to be able to save $100,000 would make me really, really happy.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm 3

On My Last Hundred Bucks: Football, Heat Stroke, and Crying in Public

@shannowhamo I teared up at least four times during a single flight from Phoenix to LA. Stupid Time Travelers Wife! The plus being it's the only time I didn't have to make *any* small talk with the businessman sitting next to me on a flight.

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm 0

On Racially Profiled While Shopping at Barneys

@jquick Same reason I would be confused if an authority figure stopped me on the street, insisted my hair was blonde (I'm sure it's not) and repeatedly challenged me about it. You wouldn't be confused to be accused of a crime you did not commit? It's odd, unnerving and confusing.

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm 0

On Are You Paid What You're Worth?

@siege91 I haven't checked out the show yet..I guess you wouldn't recommend? I love Lizzy Caplan but am not super interested. However, for the time period it's set in "Daddy" isn't as odd of a pet name. If you're go back a little further in the 20th century "Mommy/Momma" used to be more common as well. I'm pretty happy that has falling out of common usage though.

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

On Regular Person Apprentice

I don't know if apprenticeships are the best solution for American high schools--and they are definitely incongruous with a lot of our cultural beliefs about what success is and how to achieve it--but there I've read quite a few articles and studies that indicate vocational training is effective in helping reduce high school drop out rates for lower-income students. Vocational training does not necessarily have to be blue-collar work oriented either, as cuminafterall points out.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm 0

On The Y Generation's "Culture of Transparency"

@angela I am Gen Y and have to look at many people's salaries as part of my work. I do not enjoy it one bit.

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 11:29 am 0