There is a general perception in journalism — and, as journalists set the tone for societal discourse, a perception in society at large — that reporters/journalists don’t make as much money as they deserve. We’re poor, down-trodden, and struggling for our craft. This, I’m pretty sure, is crap. (Not that I didn’t buy a Mega Millions ticket for tonight, because...
One time, outside my sketchy apartment in Berkeley... →
This is weird, right?
I bought a computer online from Dell and got a confirmation, no problem. Then, I got a bunch of 1-800 calls with no voicemails left and ignored them. Finally, there was a message that said I needed to call some number and confirm my order. I wasn’t sure if it was a hoax, but figured I’d just hang up if they tried to steal my identity. The call center woman who answered lectured me about not...
Who said it: Kanye or Newt? →
1. “There’s a large part of me that’s four years old. I wake up in the morning and I know that somewhere there’s a cookie. I don’t know where it is but I know it’s mine and I have to go find it. That’s how I live my life. My life is amazingly filled with fun.” 2. “I believe in myself like a five-year-old believes in himself. They say look at me, look at me! Then they do a flip in the backyard. It...
Race Report: Across the Bay 12K
This is the best picture of me from the Across the Bay 12K this past Sunday. Consider that for a moment, that all the other pictures were worse. This is actually the part of the race where it went from ok to oh shit. It’s 7.5ish windy, windy miles down from Fort Baker, all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge, over the bridge, down to Crissy Field and then...
If you were making stuff up, would you claim to... →
The end of insanity?
So, Thursday was my last day of work at Patch, which means hopefully that it also marks the end of a four-month (or so) period of increasing insanity. I don’t tend to get very stressed out. I know people think I do, but that’s just because they’re all from California. In actuality, I get busy and I get annoyed with stupidity, but I don’t usually feel the need to go around...
Allen Iverson was never "crazy." Making white... →
If you're at all interested in what working at... →
In which someone else is stupid and I am right.
Me: I'm trying to find out about changes to my account (on my second time to the bank trying to get a clear answer).
Wells Fargo lady: Right, there was a minimum balance requirement increase to $7500.
Me: Ok, well, I never have that much in my account. (True.)
Her: It looks like you do right now. (Also true, because I'm being conscientious about quitting.)
Me: Ok, but if I don't, then I'll be charged a monthly fee, right? I used to have that waived because I had a monthly transfer.
Her: Wells Fargo had to get rid of that. But if you get direct deposit then we can change your premium account to a free account.
Me: What's the difference?
Her: You won't get free checks, cashiers checks or wire transfers. But if you don't use those much, then you should definitely change to the free account.
Me: Ok, that's fine, but what I don't understand is this went into effect in November and I've never had $7500 in my account and I've never been charged.
Her: (looking stuff up on her computer) Oh, it appears your account was grandfathered in and the fees waived. So, you should definitely never change it.
TIME Magazine's the myth of bullying. →
- It’s always nice when a national magazine supports something I’ve suspected for awhile: bullying isn’t any more an epidemic now than it has been. When shit was so bad in 5th and 6th grade that for years I instinctively wouldn’t use a bathroom stall when other people were around and if I did I’d automatically head to the farthest stall from the entrance against the...
Yes, I quit my job.
Yes, I quit my job. My last day is in three days. (Stop worrying DeeDee. Mom says she did stupider stuff all the time ‘in her youth’ — though I’m hoping I, myself, don’t count as one of those stupid things.) And, yes, October through January was just a little insane. I don’t have pictures of me doing all the laundry and errands and crashing my bike and working...
Me: The inventor of Spanx is the youngest female self-made billionaire in the world. Isn't that crazy?
Steve: What the hell is Spanx?
I suppose I had, without even phrasing it aloud,... →
- Getting pre-approved for TSA checks