@Vib G Yor This is fascinating. I want you to write an article about it!
@Ester Bloom Nah, Goofus always seemed way more fun (and way less smug) than Gallant. Cheap just sounds like a huge pill.
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).
@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.
My Gen X is showing, but I really wanted this story to end with you taking the Singles DVD.
@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.
@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.
This was hilarious and charming and I want to read more, please.
@Gef the Talking Mongoose I love this comment. "A beautiful spray of kibble."
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.