Yeah, but the two situations aren't really comparable. You were just waiting quietly, while presumably they were wasting the cashier's time and possibly holding up people in line behind them. It's true that it wasn't a very polite thing to say, but it's better than snarling "Hurry up, jackass" at them, which is probably what I would have said <-- (reason I am not a cashier).
The recipe sounds fast and tasty, but I do have one disagreement. I know telling people to use their largest pots to cook pasta is a food-writer tic, but it’s a little ridiculous, both because my largest pot is a four gallon lobster pot and because if you’re only making one serving of pasta you really don’t need more than two quarts of boiling water.
People refusing necessary medical treatment because they can't afford it is one of the worst effects of our screwed up healthcare system. In my town it's not that uncommon for EMTs to be called to see someone who's clearly having a heart attack but who will refuse transport because of money issues. If they prove impossible to convince, often the EMTs will just drive around the corner and catch up on paperwork while waiting for the next, inevitable call when the person collapses.
@sony_b Yeah, you're right about the younger grades, but I think in the article their kids were in fifth grade, by which point parental volunteers become a little redundant. Also, being volunteers, they don't usually have any training in teaching, and I distinctly remember getting really frustrated by parental volunteers in third or fourth grade because they were telling me what to do without knowing what they were talking about.
@Tuna Surprise I agree that homeschooling isn't a solution to the larger education problems in the country, but I don't think volunteering at your kids' school would really make much of a difference, especially when the main issues are overcrowding and lack of funding. We sometimes had parental volunteers at my school and I can't remember them doing anything much. And most adults don't remember enough to be helpful in classes like math and science after about the sixth grade.
@Claire Henry@twitter Ha I just spent five minutes doing the exact same thing and then saw that you had already, in a much more thorough way. Well, here's mine anyway, Logan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/87745748@N08/
My town is pretty much just green, with scattered bits of gray here and there.
I'm always baffled by the way public high school health classes spend year after year tediously telling students not to do drugs or have sex, and never considers teaching them CPR and the Heimlich. It would take like two classes and be so much more useful!
@wearitcounts Could you just mix salt and water? Or is it some other magical quality of sea water? Though I'm not quite sure if beach hair is something I want since my beach hair is usually super tangled, super sticky feeling, and absolutely full of seaweed that NEVER COMES OUT.
This was a really interesting article! But I'm not sure what "not all Americans live in the first world" has to do with #firstworldproblems? Maybe I'm being dense, but I don't think of #firstworldproblems as a particularly American thing.