By stuffisthings on The Three Ways I Got Schooled: As a Student, a Teacher, and a Person Trying to Pay Rent
@Mooseketeer If had to give a college commencement address, here is what I would say: "I know there is a big Page Break button on the Insert tab of the Word ribbon, but if you want to create a page break that is also a SECTION break -- so you can change the orientation of one set of pages, or have different page numbering -- you have to us the smaller Breaks dropdown on the Page Layout tab."
"I co-signed on part of my wife’s law school loans and realized later it was my credit history at risk if she/we should default. I was now responsible for decisions she made (law school, program cost, etc.). " It sounds like you've been through a lot, and I'm sorry this happened to you, but yikes I hope your child never finds this article in the future. There is some sound advice here, but it is unfortunately mixed in with your personal bitterness, which I think has made you unfair and/or myopic in some cases. In the case of the law school loans, to me it looks like you became responsible for the decision that you made when you co-signed the loans. I'm sorry it didn't work out the way you thought it would.
So I have a major, Bearded Lady level problem with this and I say: shave your face! I used to hate it but it is SO easy! Also you don't have to grow it out and it's cheap. I did get laser hair removal with a Groupon and the hair level is more reasonable now but not zero.
I find this article so frustrating in part because his anxieties (which I am sure are real) about money are of his own making, and he doesn't seem interested in doing anything about them. He could downsize his house, move his money from admittedly risky investments into safer ones, broaden his experience and social circles so that he understands that a Lexus is not an "average" car, funnel his extra money into college funds for his kids, etc. He says he reads all of these books about investing - including the very good "Millionaire Next Door" - but I don't think he understands them, or absorbed any of their principes. I commented above that he reminds me of Dr. Drew Baird from 30 Rock, he also reminds me of Sherman McCoy from the Bonfire of the Vanities, especially in the chapter where Sherman wonders how he could possibly spend his entire salary of $1,000,000 each year, then goes through his purchases and justifies them -- OF COURSE his daughter deserved $20,000 window treatments for her room! He feels like he is financially precarious. Millions of people feel like that. But unlike those millions of people, Jake's ability to do something about that feeling is entirely within his grasp, and he doesn't seem to realize it.
I think that this guy needs to look into therapy. He obviously has anxiety issues over money. Anyone who has his income level and has such stress over future spending needs therapy. (Saying this as someone who has significantly lower but still comfortable income level and is in therapy because of my anxiety over things that could happen in 20 years.)
@Jake Reinhardt *Pours Jake a cup of coffee. Runs to find a scone.*
Yeah, all those itinerants and possible-criminal bum poor people should just live in.... oh I guess the NIMBYs never get that far in their thinking, do they?
"Sometimes in life, you are miserably, soul-crushingly bad at something. Own it." Um, but what about the kids who end up wasting a (usually very important) year with a shitty teacher? I feel that this piece is indicative of a deeper problem with the TFA system - it's very focused on the experience of the teachers (You'll learn so much about yourself! It will change your life!), often to the detriment of the students.
The comments on that article are some of the weirdest I've seen on the internet: "She has a thing for power and he, like any man, wants to have sex with someone human sized." Do what now?
@Jake Reinhardt Agree. I don't think it's contradictory to say that Dunham is talented and hard-working AND that she got where she is due to connections. If she hadn't had the talent and hard work, she would have failed at her endeavors, no doubt. But, she could have been just as talented and hard working and still be laboring in obscurity without the connections. It's like that in every profession. I get that she's annoyed at all the criticims directed at her, and maybe a lot of them are catty or unfair, but she needs to recognize her privileged position and try to use it for good rather than just thinking everyone with anything bad to say about her work is Just Jealous. Or not, I mean, it's her life I guess!