@garli yeah that sounds super-annoying and I wouldn't want to deal with it at all.
@garli I used paypal for my oscar pool and it was very convenient. My friend recently paid me for a car using some app vaguely related to Square. I don't mind checks, though. The social aspect and the dinner party thing are what bother me.
@guenna77 I'm with you. BRUTAL. Making it easier for us all to be passive-aggressive & voyeuristic doesn't seem like a good thing at all.
@HelloTheFuture God, me too.
Ruth Reichl's books about being a critic are the best. Also, My Life in France by Julia Child - so inspirational both for having a good marriage and finding your dream job later in life. Nora Ephron's Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble is also a good one. And OMG Amy Poehler's Yes, Please. I loved that one so much I actually wrote her a fan letter. Which is embarrassing.
We have a membership to the amazing children's Life & Science museum here, because it is affordable and the perks are nice. I feel like museums should be as close to free as possible so that more people can go. $25 to visit a museum is a lot and you can't watch a museum "on demand" a month later. Also, museums are a great place to bring children, but not if it costs $25. I don't know about you, but my young children are exceedingly unreliable. If I dragged them all the way to the museum and paid the fee and then they had a raging tantrum, well that's just money you are out. BUT, I scored free admission to the Natural History Museum in NYC when my son was 18 months old and it was the best. He loved it, I loved it, and we only stayed an hour which is all he had the attention span for. I will always remember how that whale blew his mind even if he doesn't.
@Susan Tidebeck It also didn't even have a timing belt - just a chain! Like a bicycle! It was crazy easy to speed in, too - my husband got a ticket going 82 mph. I don't know how it didn't disintegrate!
@Cat Named Louise Dealing with two counties and two cities to make sure we had all of the permits and protection we needed was probably the worst. Securing sponsors wasn't as easy as we thought either. Also, the logistics of cones and portapotties and transportation and volunteers and aid stations, etc etc.
@Cat Named Louise Our race was originally conceived to be more like the rogue half marathon from a rock club to our offices, but we decided to do it for real. The amt of work and ridiculousness cannot be exaggerated, but it was SO fun!
This same discussion is going on in Raleigh as many long time successful races are missing out on tax breaks and easier dealings with the city that are guaranteed to the Rock & Roll Marathon. I refuse to run it on those grounds alone. I was an organizer of a one-time major road race and I can tell you - it is a lot of work and virtually thankless except for the runners. They appreciate unique events done well. The sense of community among runners in this area is one of my favorite reasons to run. The most fun race series I have done was the Tour de Carrboro, a group of three small races spread out over a 6 month period. One of the races had jam as a finisher prize. I hope that is the future of races, and not the corporate stuff.