On On Wanting to Be a Millionaire

@Vib G Yor This is fascinating. I want you to write an article about it!

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 7:53 pm 0

On Cheap v. Frugal

@Ester Bloom Nah, Goofus always seemed way more fun (and way less smug) than Gallant. Cheap just sounds like a huge pill.

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm 0

On Running a Business I Didn't Want

This really is so interesting. I'm also curious about the emotional side of things. Like, did you feel like you were doing what your dad wanted by hanging in there for as long as you had? Did it make you understand your dad better in a way you hadn't before? I have tons more of the same type of question, because in my own mind I'd wonder if he'd be proud, or maybe a little sad that it represented such a drastic change of career course (or some combination of the two) and whether I'd done "right" by him (whatever that even means).

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm 0

On A Human and Her Glass of Whisky Attempt to Buy Multi-city Plane Tickets

@jfruh Is it too late? I want you to see your sister in DC. I feel like 6 months from now you'll remember the time you had with her more than you'll remember the exact amount you saved on a flight. And, yeah, setting foot in NYC means setting your money on fire, so I truly believe you'll come out ahead by shortening your stay.

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 11:07 am 0

On The Cost of Getting My Stolen Computer Back

My Gen X is showing, but I really wanted this story to end with you taking the Singles DVD.

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm 2

On Happy New Year! Here Are Some Pointless Or Obvious Savings Tips!

@jmdj I had a moment like that with Eshakti the other day. I had a coupon and there was a sale, but after spending so much of the day visiting the page and navigating away from it, I realized that I was forcing the issue for the sake of "saving" and finally closed the tab. It was kind of liberating to come to that realization though, and I need to remember it throughout the year.

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 11:20 am 0

On Madison Is A Great Small City, Unless You're Black

@Jake Reinhardt It kind of sounds like you're using your anecdote about riding the subway to challenge this actual person's lived experience of being black in NYC. She's not naive to NYC's problems, given that she literally cites some of them in her piece. But as she also points out in her piece, there are a lot of comforts in NY that are absent in Madison/the midwest. So, given that, I wonder what's at stake for you in nitpicking her about her own reality and saying that New York is no better than the world she left behind? Also, what's productive about saying "the same problems exist everywhere" when she's talking about a specific set of experiences in a specific place? It reads as condescending and dismissive, as though you wouldn't want her to have the wrong impression of her own experience or the last word about it here.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm 4

On The Cost of Things in the U.S. After Being Away for 14 Years

This was hilarious and charming and I want to read more, please.

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm 1

On How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

@Gef the Talking Mongoose I love this comment. "A beautiful spray of kibble."

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 11:53 am 0

On Gwyneth Paltrow's Gift Ideas

The list isn't as bad as it seems. I mean, for GOOP. There's a decent range, from accessible to aspirational. But, a correction: the throw is just under 1k, not 10k.

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 11:32 am 0