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.
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.
@lemonadefish I'm so, so sorry, but I have to. Are you a Ghostbuster? (Seriously though - NEAT!)
@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.
@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.
@msafiri That's fascinating, and I had no idea, but it explains a lot about things I've seen as a non-Ivy grad who works with a lot of Ivy grads who are either in that 2-3 year sweet spot of TFA/fellowship/charitable work before b-school and law school, or who are past that window and kind of angsty about it. That sounds incredibly frustrating, and makes me a little grateful for never having been very good at being a student or having those kinds of paths carved out for me - I may have flailed a lot, but I also haven't had as many established preconceptions about what I am supposed to be doing. If I could have had a route that left me with a job in hand before graduation, I don't know that I would have felt daring enough to do otherwise! It sounds like a recipe for misery.
@Caitlin with a C Stuffed dinosaur wearing a company t-shirt. I'm in a different industry now, so I removed the little t-shirt, but it is still on my desk. BAM. Also, one of those clicky pens that doubles as a touchscreen stylus. I love me some swag.
@Blackbird I also thought of Gone Home when I read this. It was amazing! I also feel that way about everything produced by thatgamecompany. And Portal 2. I like being able to sit down and have an amazing, beautiful experience that only lasts a few hours. And a lot of them are very replayable (although obviously something like Gone Home will not have the same element of discovery the second time through, if you replay it). I would much, much rather spend money on a short compelling game, than a long sprawling one that I put down after four hours, because meh.
Someone was going to THROW AWAY a jar full of change?!? What the everloving hell. I just...I can't even comment on the rest of the story, because that one bit makes me so upset. You did the right thing! THROW AWAY MONEY. What. The. Hell.