@deedee agreed. i've paid a good $200 for highlights, and not at a fancy place. it's not a $984 "haircut" - it's probably more like a $250 cut and a $700 color/condition. what you're paying for is the skill of the colorist in particular, and the time. it takes a long time to do a whole head and sometimes more than one colorist. good highlights can make a person look amazing. badly done highlights make you look worse than you started. it's not a thing to skimp on. (which is why i don't get them anymore)
You might try asking advice on popville.com. The commenting community there is pretty well versed in dc rental rules and might have some recommendations. You can email and he might post it out, or try the forums
i ended up in a similar situation with one of the doormen/receptionists in a building i used to live in. i thought it would be prudent to be on good terms with the guy that lets me in the door at 3AM and would let me in my apt when i got locked out (frequently) even though i was supposed to pay extra for that key. i would chat with him for a few minutes before heading upstairs. then it escalated... the conversations got weirder. he gave me a valentine's day card. then he asked me to read the poetry he'd written and gave me a file folder full of it- one memorably titled 'body of a woman.' and that was the moment i decided i needed to move.
very interesting. I'd also be interested to hear the perspective from someone who's been doing this for a while - like Randy Milholland of Something Positive. that comic's been going for over 10 years now. (though he'd probably just confirm that it's super-tough to make a living) There are a lot of others i used to read that ended because the artists and writers rightly had to focus on jobs that would pay their bills.
it's Penny Arcade - this is the equivalent of a Vogue job for nerds (and i say that lovingly)- there are a lot of people in that skill set who would LOVE to say they work there, regardless of the hours required. that's how they get away with it.
bane of my existence as a woman - most of my clothing does not have pockets, particularly my work clothing. of the portion that does, half of the pockets are either 'for show' or can't be used for more than a credit card or a key. none of my suit jackets or blazers have that oh-so-helpful inside pocket that menswear does.
"As a kid, I loaned my brother portions of my allowance, on the condition that he paid it back with interest." i used to do the same thing with my mom when she needed cash but hadn't gotten to the ATM. my brother however was a "deficit spender" - mom's words - even at the age of 8 so no money lent to him was ever going be repaid.
"You tell the most senior person you report to—no need to call the CEO. In my case, I had two immediate supervisors, but they reported to a third person, and I went to her. Tell this boss first." NO, DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!!! unless there is a real reason, like they won't be physically in the office for the next week, you tell the boss you report DIRECTLY to, not the person above them. i can't put enough exclamation marks on this.
total enabling- your conversations where you let each other off the hook for not doing this stuff. the whole part about why AW won't talk to other people about the taxes illustrates this. other people won't ask 'why are you garbage?" that's just self-pity and further rationalization. what they will say is 'why don't you do them now?' and the only answer is 'i don't WANT to.' that's why saying it to someone else helps. i'm a huge procrastinator myself, but my mom is one person who can snap me out of this because when i say 'i'll do it later' she doesn't agree and say 'sure, that task is annoying.' she asks 'why not now?'. if i don't have a better reason than 'i don't feel like it' then she would call bullshit, and she would be right. so not looking like a lazy asshole to my mom (who works harder than anyone i know) becomes real motivation to get it done.
@forget it i quit - it could be that bank doesn't exist near them (could be issued by national HQ in another state), or there isn't a branch nearby. or maybe they can't get there during 'bank hours' because of work schedule and/or childcare.