Monthly Archives: May 2012
Unless I really like you. And we really get along. And there’s no chance of us ending up hating each other. Which, right now, applies to about 3 people in my life. Friends, sure. But roommates? Not likely.
I’ve had roommates before, so I’m speaking from experience here. There was tons of stuff that bothered me about living with other people, but I’ll just outline the biggest issues. Otherwise this post will go on for days.
They’re never as clean as you are.
I don’t know what it is about kitchen sinks, but they always attract the grossest stuff. And for some reason, people think its okay to leave bowls half full of tuna salad in the sink for days and days. Okay, so maybe I leave a plate or glass in there from time to time, but for the most part, if it’s something that’s going to get gross, I clean it right away.
To that end, I usually seem to be the person always cleaning up after people. And I’m not a clean freak by any means. (You should see my room. War zone.) But it just really bothers me when there’s dust build up, dishes everywhere, gross spills….you know what I mean. We’re adults. Clean that sh*t up.
They eat your food and drink your booze.
And they never seem to have good stuff for you to steal. Now, I’m all over communal grocery shopping and just having the food be for everyone. But no one ever wants to do that. So they write their names on their food, and you respect that. But as soon as you leave your booze out unattended, its gone. And when they buy you replacements, that’s gone too before you can drink it. True story. Happened to me.
I’ve also noticed that if they do steal something from you, they never have anything as good as what they took for you to steal. It’s always super healthy, or super gross, or super something that you don’t want. Never a fair trade.
They’re passive aggressive.
If you have a problem with something I do, just tell me. Don’t dance around the issue, constantly be pissed about something, or, the worst, leave me notes. Just tell me what’s bothering you. This is the single reason why guy roommates are better than girls. You can tell them something straight out, and they fix it. They don’t take it personally, they just say “Okay, cool,” and go about their daily business. Makes life much easier.
Like I said, those are just a few reasons why I don’t want roommates. Hopefully, I won’t have to deal with them any time in the near future. But if I have to, I’ll be sure to let you know how it is.
I promised myself I wouldn’t be all complainey in my blog, but this is something that I feel is an actual issue (as well as being a complaint).
Cash-only businesses are few and far between, to be sure, but they still exist. And they seem to exist in the most inconvenient places. To be fair, I understand that not accepting credit cards reduces your overdraft from eliminating swipe fees, but carrying cash is getting less and less common. With debit and credit cards being the norm, and apps like TheLevelUp (https://www.thelevelup.com/) and Google Wallet (http://www.google.com/wallet/what-is-google-wallet.html) allowing you to pay with your smartphone, cash is becoming the exception to the rule. I’m probably biased because of where I live and my age group, but I honestly don’t think twice about not having any cash in my wallet.
Which means I usually don’t have any.
Herein lies my problem with cash-only businesses. I’ve complied a short list of the most common places that are cash-only; coincidentally, they seem to be the places where you would want the most payment options. I also realize that some cash-only places have ATMs available, but that’s beside my point.
Gas Stations – Everyone needs gas, at one point or another. The worst feeling in the world is riding on E and thankfully finding a gas station to learn they don’t take credit cards. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be riding on E (thanks, Dad). But, still. At that point I need my gas and can’t get it because you won’t take my debit card? Lame. In most cases gas stations that are cash only are cheaper, but out of pure convenience I would rather go to one that takes credit cards. I hate going inside, paying, and then having to get change if I overpay. I’m actually really shy about that sort of thing (if you can believe that), so I do anything I can do avoid it.
Coffee Shops – Yeah, I know. You’re hipster. Big business is bad. Wah wah wah. I just want my damn coffee. And maybe that coffee roll. And I just want to use my debit card. But you won’t take it. I’ll just go to Dunkin Donuts. Take that, Mr. Skinny Jeans.
Parking Garages – This one seems kind of obvious to me, but apparently it isn’t. I work in the city, so I’m used to parking garages. The majority of them take credit cards. You’re usually in there for more than 4 hours, which means they charge you half a year’s salary. I probably wouldn’t have that kind of cash on me anyway, so I’d prefer to use my debit card. I parked at one the other day that was cash only. I went to the ATM prior to leaving, and got what I thought would be an adequate amount of money because I had parked overnight. Turns out I was $10 short. I had to back out of the lane (someone was behind me, by the by), park, and go back to the ATM to get more money. Annoying. Just annoying.
A lot of people might see it as my problem for never carrying cash, and maybe I’m in the minority because of my age group and the fact that I live near a city. But I just feel like this is a thing. And it’s going to keep being a thing. And I will continue to be annoyed.
No one ever really knows what they want to be when they “grow up”, even when they get there. People change careers all the time. What they don’t tell you: it’s one of the hardest things EVER.
I went through college thinking I wanted to work in retail for the rest of my life. So, I worked 40 hours, had two days off (during which I went to class) and happily (read: ignorantly) started to carve out what I thought would be the career path of my life.
Retail sucks. Anyone who has ever worked in it, or works in it, or knows someone who knows someone who worked in it, knows it sucks. The hours suck, customers suck, corporate sucks. It’s all just awful. Sure, shopping is great. I love it. But being the person who makes it possible for the shopping to happen? Not so great.
But I digress. I went to college for marketing, because it was something I was vaguely interested in, and frankly, I needed to pick a major. Towards the end of my college career, I started thinking that maybe I would really like to get into marketing, but by that time I was already close to graduating and my opportunity for internships had passed me by.
So I graduated, worked some more retail, was unemployed, worked more retail, and got an office job. Simple admin work for a career training school, no big. Left there about a year and a half later, went back to retail. Do you see a theme here? Decided to try waitressing for a year (the deadline of which is fast approaching) while trying to land a marketing job.
But here’s the thing: I’ve been trying to get a marketing job for a few years now. I have no experience because I didn’t do any internships. Oh, and the economy is in the pooper. Needless to say, the job search hasn’t been easy. Why hire me, when you can hire someone with a ton of experience for the same amount you would be paying an entry-level know nothing? It’s like being a salmon during mating season. If you don’t know what I mean by that, look it up. I’ll wait.
All set? Good. Because now, here’s the fun part: Now I’m in career transition, and I’ve finally found a job that I actually want to be doing (managing social media), but it’s part time. And it’s technically an internship. And they probably can’t hire me full time. So, I’m basically back to square one: the search. Where will it lead me? I’m not sure. But I sure as hell hope I find out soon.