On Baby Carrots, Evil or The Most Evil?

" juice boxes are built from six layers of paper, polyethylene plastic, and a thin layer of aluminum" ... and are recyclable in all semi-civilized parts of the country. If they are not recyclable where you live, ask some with influence to change that "why not?"

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm 0

On An Illustrated True Saga of Costly Car Repair

@Worgchef A quick eBay scan implies that the Gen I batteries are (a lot) more expensive than the Gen II. The Forbes article is about a Gen II. Looks like $1500 is about the bottom for a re-con Gen I battery. That said--also quickly found this guy: http://worcester.craigslist.org/aos/4658242204.html who prob was worth a call. Starter is no fun. Have replaced alternators on three different cars (including on the shoulder of the freeway), and would never pay for (normal) battery replacement, unless (1) already in for service AND (2) a OEM-only battery size.

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm 0

On AirBnb Ruined Our Lives and Turned Us Into Entitled City Dwellers

@JNC Musings Factory: "I don’t appreciate the insinuation that those who pursue full time work in lieu of hustling in a creative field are somehow chumps or desk monkeys." Wha? That doesn't endear you to the contemporary, hipster/creative (broadly speaking) community? You don't care to be both (a) condescended to as a sell out of some sort, and (b) listen to how hard it is to afford Brook-town rent + artisinal coffee + craft beer + pop-up dinners with michelin starred chefs + international travel while pursuing one's creative interests? I, personally, think that that is the highest form of altruism imaginable--that such wonderful creatures would even deign to share their thoughts with the likes of you and me. ps: Not a comment on the post, per se, or the author, but on the overall affect of certain of her fellow travllers.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm 1

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $200,000

@readyornot The HS that the Plymouth place feeds into is 64% white: http://www.greatschools.org/minnesota/plymouth/1731-Robbinsdale-Armstrong-Senior-High-School/ Which is really un-white for Minnesota.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm 0

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $200,000

@@fo meant this: https://www.redfin.com/IL/Evanston/1816-Emerson-St-60201/home/12576533

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm 0

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $200,000

"it’s a serious bargain, much cheaper than equivalent places with great public schools like ... Evanston, IL" This place in Evanston: https://www.redfin.com/city/6331/IL/Evanston/real-estate#!uipt=3%2C1&status=131&max_price=400000&num_beds=4&v=8&sst=®ion_id=6331®ion_type=6&market=chicago is under contract, but approximately as nice as the Wauwatosa house, has a 2d bathroom, and is *less* expensive. Plus you can take transit to work downtown.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm 0

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $200,000

"it’s in an area Movoto ranks as the #2 best suburb for education in the country." Except that it's not. This spot feeds into Robbinsdale schools, which is not nearly as highly ranked as Wayzata HS, on which that Movoto rating was based. Lesson: NEVER, EVER, (EVER!!) rely on a realtor to tell you you can send your kids to "Great School X", even if it is literally across the street from the house you are looking at.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm 1

On Saving Gangnam Style

@andnowlights: "how much student debt they have ... $84k [is] a loooooot of money" It is definitely a lot of money. It is also only 90% of the budgeted cost of a single year of a top 5 MBA program, and less than 2 years of almost any private college. And there are two of them, presumably with at least 2 degrees. So, in the context of educational debt, it's not really that much.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm 1

On Considering Our Retirements

@The Dauphine I had a friend whose parents divorced when his mom became too debilitated by MS to stay out of a nursing home. It was *not* bc they couldn't afford it, but bc his father did not want to afford it. My friend really held it against him (as you would expect). Your parents situation is fundamentally different.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm 0

On A $455,000 Child Vs. A $145,000 Child

@levangieg To your point this: "White parents see their kids dodge a murder charge with an ‘affluenza’ excuse while minority parents have to hope their kids don’t get summarily executed in a Wal-Mart or after a car accident." still has the same issue. It's *rich* white parents with the affluenza thing, and (lets face it) almost exclusively black parents (both poor and rich) who have to worry about their kids getting shot.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm 0