On The Case of the Missing Padlock

Ugh, I'm glad Dustin stood his ground and let your landlord know the absurdity of the accusation. Our landlord isn't quite this bad, but his "scolding parent" tendencies are wearing mighty thin lately, and I'm pretty close to telling him as much. A few days ago he told us he was going to comb the entire house (we live in a row house, and he and his wife have the first two floors with me and my husband on the third) "top to bottom, to try to figure out why the electric bill has been so darn high lately." Subtext, "are you kids sure you're not harboring a few space heaters and mini fridges up there, or leaving all the lights on all night just for shits and giggles?" I thought it has been well established that Con Ed rates are ridiculous everywhere lately; and if he's so sure it's us running up the bill, why not get a separate meter installed? It's not his first time bringing it up, so at this point even a slight increase in rent would be preferable to the 3rd degree and being made to feel like irresponsible children.

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On When Your College Friend Becomes an Insurance Salesman: A Survival Guide

Watch out for that first step-it's a DOOZY!

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 11:21 am 1

On The Last Night

Logan! I'm sorry you're not getting more love for this in the comments, it's great :). A couple weekends ago some friends and I went for brunch on a favorite neighborhood restaurant's last day of business. It was bittersweet, but like your experience, the place was packed with regulars who seemed to be in a festive, celebratory mood determined to give it a proper "send off" I guess; it was really touching to witness.

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 11:19 am 1

On The Loaded Question of "What Do You Do?"

@City_Dater interesting, I've never really thought of it in that context and have to disagree--are there plenty of neighborhoods where I would not like to live for one reason or another? Sure. Are all of those reasons socioeconomically based, and is it a given that I will then be making assumptions about people who do choose to live in those neighborhoods? Nope.

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 11:44 am 0

On The Loaded Question of "What Do You Do?"

my favorite go-to for NYC parties is "where do you live?" People seem to enjoy talking about the pros and cons of their NYC neighborhood, how long they've been there and why they picked it, the train line they take-which is often a more organic segueway to how long their commute is for work and what they do. And I can almost always find common ground in favorite spots or places I've heard or read about there and have been meaning to visit. I agree that "where are you from" always give me pause--like originally? Or where did I grow up and where does my family live now? Or since I've now lived there over a decade, is it okay for me to say "Brooklyn?" Or would that make me a poseur, since I wasn't born there? ARGH, the perils of social awkwardness by way of over-thinking!

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm 0

On Buying a Wedding Dress When You Hate Yourself And Love Money

@cuminafterall Beautiful! That dress is FANTASTIC, very chic, with an added bonus of it seeming like you were easily able to breathe/eat/dance! Seems like it was a very fun wedding. Congrats :)

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm 0

On Buying a Wedding Dress When You Hate Yourself And Love Money

@Megano You are not defective! I blame stupid television shows that lead us to believe that 15 of our loved ones will all start bawling in happiness with us once we find "the one," when in reality a lot of times it's just like "yeah, I think this will work." Do you find yourself thinking back to one you tried that you liked more than the others? Or a detail on it that you would like to see on other ones you tried? That is sometimes helpful in whittling them down.

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm 0

On Buying a Wedding Dress When You Hate Yourself And Love Money

Also, Meaghan, I'm not sure how many more places you're planning on browsing before crying UNCLE! but if there is one thing I'd recommend in general, it's having an open mind at each place even if you stick to certain guns (the "no pouffy gowns" was non-negotiable for me). There were definitely dresses I wasn't a big fan of both on the rack and on my body, but other dresses I was all set to write off for one detail or another ended up pleasantly surprising me.

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm 0

On Buying a Wedding Dress When You Hate Yourself And Love Money

@antheridia Yes! I know plenty of women who found their dresses there with very reasonable pricing for alterations as well. I also found DB to be a great launching pad for trying gowns outside my comfort zone; they offer a bunch of different styles and silhouettes, a good variety of sizes (VERY important, as the article emphasizes--for me there was no bigger bummer than showing up to a boutique to discover there were only 2-3 dresses in the whole place I could even get over my head, much less in my favored style) and no judgy salespeople clucking "oh that won't look good on you." I ended up buying mine at a small, family-owned boutique in my hometown in Western NY and was super relieved to work with people who returned my phone calls, patiently assuaged any worries I had during fittings, and just generally made me grateful I didn't surrender myself to the whole "Kleinfeld experience" and pay much more than I ended up paying.

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm 0

On Ben & Jerry's Flavors, In Order

I was all set to yell at you for not including Creme Brulee, the best B&J flavor of ALL TIME, only to discover it has been DISCONTINUED and sent to the graveyard. World = turned upside down. http://www.onsecondscoop.com/2013/03/retiring-ben-jerrys-creme-brulee-ice.html

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm 1