On Blame the Patriarchy For Your Lack of Social Mobility

From the Atlantic article: "How he measures these groups’ socioeconomic status over time is quite specific as well: their educational attainment, their representation in elite professions like medicine and law, and, conversely, their representation in generally low-status occupations like farming and domestic service." Which is both more and less than the concept of 'class' as usually discussed here at theB. Fundamentally (and reductively), it takes a couple hundred years to be a true Harvard legacy, to be a 5th generation lawyer (even tho three generations of lawyers is enough (law joke!)), or to not have anyone 'slip' into being a "laborer" on a census form.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm 0

On Family Plan Shame

@andnowlights "Paying them for it seems like a good segway…eventually." It's probably cheaper to get your own plan than to buy them a segway. Or use a segway to get to the mailbox. Or whatever else you might do with a segway. [It's 'segue'. And, I note that bc I find it humorous, not to be a pain, even tho I acknowledge it's still being a pain.]

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@@fo Oh, and it appears the building is rather close to completion--when means it is likely that the 'poor door' separation is just a question of whether there is thru access bt the residential elevator lobbies. I do think that I would be bothered if there were to be one way access--that the condo folks can pass thru the poor lobby, if its convenient for them, but I couldn't do the same in reverse.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@julebsorry But you *aren't* really living in the same building. You are living in a building that has some shared aspects (mostly: location, structural steel, exterior), but separate entrance, elevators, etc etc. The apartments probably won't even get the same windows.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

of two (or three) minds-- Is it all one address, but two separate lobbies? Obviously, the elevator banks are separate--are the emergency stairs? Garbage chutes? etc etc? Is it set up like the buildings that are part condo, part hotel, with two essentially totally separate buildings (including different addresses) sharing a footprint? If they were doing this in a location where there is no view, would it instead be 5,7,10 floors of affordable, and the rest luxury? With separate low-rise and hi-rise elevators? idk, I think it's ok, in the perverted context where rent control gives windfalls to incumbents at the expense of newcomers, and provides enormous windfalls to developers, which are partly recouped in favor of lucky new-incumbents. Allow 10x the apartment development in Manhattan (and EsEff), watch prices moderate *a bit*.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm 0

On The "I Got a CPA" Update

@JNC Musings Factory "When they audit you does itemization by line item really matter?" Depends. What're your deductions that are amenable to auditing? What's your income from (ie, w-2, 1099)? Are you claiming "business" deductions for 90% of your 1099 income? Better have detailed receipts for it (not that you'd go to jail or face massive penalties if you can't document $250 of 'above the line' deductions, but you'll lose them). If you're talking basic itemization, and clear 'cost of biz' expenses (not commingled with personal; not entertainment; not questionably deductible), then there is (1) not much risk, and (2) strong likelihood that you could track down a duplicate. TL;DR: Pretty safe to dump receipts if not skirting edge of cheating.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm 0

On The Most Expensive Meals We've Ever Paid For

@apples and oranges It's a total, ridiculous, faux pas. Or sign that your "friends" aren't really your friends. A friend was out to dinner with "friends" and he said he'd buy the wine, and the "friends" could buy the food. The "friends" proceeded to order two of the most expensive bottle on the menu (to the tune of $500+). I heard about it, with the tone of bitterness as if it just happened, years later.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:28 pm 1

On The Young Professional's Closet

"a blouse that doesn’t gape at the chest" Hollaback at those blouses! Tell 'em to gape at your *face*!

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm 2

On The "I Got a CPA" Update

"I am earning enough money for me to say "eh, I guess this is an expense associated with adulthood that I need to figure out how to budget for."" The real questions should be: (1) how long would this take me to do the taxes "right", (2) how much would I earn doing my 'real work' for that amount of time, and (3) what is the value of knowing that I didn't get it "wrong" (plus the EV of penalties and interest bc 'wrong'). If (1x2) + 3 is at least 3/4 of the expected bill, then it should be considered. "A few hundred bucks" is, btw, pretty average. I've seen $250 cited as an average for a 'personal tax preparer', which inevitably is skewed lower by the many people who would be able to file EZ, except they have a mortgage, and/or that simply don't 'trust' TurboTax (btw, we 'trusted' turbo tax until we had non-W-2, non-interest income, and then the CPA we used averaged 1.5 mistakes/year for 4 years--mistakes as in "you owe an extra $1,xxx" or "here's an extra refund check for $2,xxx"--so, Fun!).

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm 0

On Help, I'm Hooked on Battery-Operated Toothbrushes

@apples and oranges Ditto. *Strongly* recommended by everyone at the dentist's office (and the kids' dentist's office, too). There is this one: http://www.amazon.com/Oral-B-Pro-Health-Precision-Battery-Toothbrush/dp/B002HWS9FW that runs on AA batteries AND uses replaceable heads. We have an older version in a drawer somewhere.

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm 0