On The Best Books About Class

@la_di_da Yes! Especially the consideration of her conflicted feelings on the issue, and her problems of not really belonging in one world or the other. Austen or go home!

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@BornSecular True story: right after I got married, we decided to ditch my bank and consolidate our finances at my husband's credit union. When we went into the bank to close out my accounts, they steered us over to a desk to see if they could talk me out of closing. When they asked why I was closing my accounts, I answered that I was transferring everything over to XYZ Credit Union. "Oh. OK. Yeah, I can see that," said the poor beleaguered bank employee. Even the EMPLOYEES think the credit unions are better!

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm 0

On The Suburbs Want More Young People

I also just flat-out question the data on these generalizations. How are they defining "urban"? I live in the suburbs of DC, in an apartment. I am surrounded by apartment complexes. My county and some of the jurisdictions within it are sometimes classified as urban. And is the concern that young people are not living in the suburbs, or that they are not OWNING in the suburbs? Also, they seem awfully focused on single family homes in the suburbs. My husband and I have always lived in this county, rather than DC proper, because rent is less out here, and we anticipate doing so for...basically ever? We like it here. But who knows if or when we'll ever be able to afford a mortgage and property tax here. And we're not especially interested in EVER owning a single family home anywhere. There's just a lot of conflating single family home = ownership = suburb and I'm not a fan. I think the reasons people are choosing not to live in the suburbs, or not to own property, or not to live in a detached house, CAN be related, but are worth examining individually as well (although I suspect a lot of it boils down to money). Also! Small and medium-sized cities with lots of single family homes can have good transit, and large cities with little detached housing can have crummy transit. Lots of factors!!

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm 1

On Diversity Hiring and the Concept of 'Fit'

@readyornot I have nothing useful to add, but you get all the points for the Hugo Schwyzer burn. That guy can crawl in a hole.

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:41 am 1

On Help, My Freezer Doesn't Work. Also It Is Not a Freezer

Oh my goodness, just call and say it's broken and it's urgent that someone come out to fix it! I have no idea what the tenant-landlord laws are in your jurisdiction, but it is totally normal and reasonable to ask that an appliance provided in a rental unit be functional. And if he/the repair person can't make it be functional after actually physically touching it (none of this you supergluing stuff! Stop it!), ask him to replace it! Unless your lease specifically says something about the refrigerator being provided as-is, he's required to maintain it in working condition. And actually, often leases specify that you are required to report broken things that need fixing immediately. There are certainly terrible slumlords out there, but most landlords want you to tell them when things are broken, and then deal with them, if for no other reason than to get you out of their hair and make sure the unit is still rentable when you move out.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm 2

On What One Food Item Would You Eat for the Rest of Your Life?

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm 0

On What One Food Item Would You Eat for the Rest of Your Life?

Also, what is the food budget of a person who eats exclusively cheese pizza, is the question I’d like to ask this man. That would be an interesting question. Although given Mr. Bowtiesarecool's stories about his broke retail job years, it sounds like one can survive for quite some time and quite cost-efficiently on the $5 large pizza deals the national chains seem to always have.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On Our Hoarding Tendencies

@lemonadefish I'm so, so sorry, but I have to. Are you a Ghostbuster? (Seriously though - NEAT!)

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm 0

On Better Policies for Hiring Interns

@Carmen Aiken@facebook Seriously! I would actually be extremely leery of Marille's "individual relationships" idea because that veers way too close to illegal nonpayment for services, which the nonprofit sector already does too much of. Volunteering/interning need to be managed MUCH more carefully than we currently do as an industry. I already think the Hill has a huge problem of only hiring people who are rich enough to work there for nothing/peanuts, and it's starting to show in legislators' long-term retention of quality staff. I don't want to see that problem grow everywhere else, too. Unpaid internships can die, as far as I'm concerned.

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm 1

On House of Cards Against Humanity

@rightclicksave I mean, it's Apples to Apples with swears. I love Apples to Apples, so I love Cards Against Humanity, but most people I know who dislike one dislike both. And they can go take the Risk or Battlestar Galactica box into the other room with the rest of the haters.

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm 0