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Feb 5

February 5, 2019


Retail Store Credit Cards Aren’t Doing You Any Favors

Argh! What was I thinking? The last thing I need is another credit card: I know that, you know that, anyone whose ever met me knows that. Credit cards = debt, and I do not need more temptation to go into debt. And I KNOW BETTER…I know it’s a trap. Which makes me feel like a complete MORON. You know how it goes: you’re in some big box department store, there at the register with your purchase, starting to checkout, and what’s…

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Jan 9

January 9, 2019


If Everyone Needs Workers, Why Can’t I Find a Job?

Despite what seems to be the best intentions of certain orange-haired freaks in high places, the American economy is strong, American confidence is high, and American unemployment is at its lowest point in years. So why can’t I find a job? I mean, I have a job. I don’t particularly like it, but I could certainly do worse. Having said that, apparently I bitch about it quite a lot, as my friends (and Mom) keep asking why I don’t look…

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Dec 24

December 24, 2018


Can We PLEASE just STOP Making Things Better?

All I want is clean dishes. Is that so much to ask? OK, the back story: Anyone who’s ever read this blog–both of you–knows that I am not a huge fan what I have come to call “invasive technology”: the software and apps and such that get all up in your business under the thin façade of making your life more “convenient.” I don’t need Siri chastising me because I didn’t take the route she recommended, or Netflix pointing out…

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Dec 7

December 7, 2018


Sorry I’m Late … I Didn’t Want to Come

OK, so it’s that time of year again: time for eggnog, fruitcakes, and the dreaded (at least by me) “Not-Officially-Required-to-Attend-but …” office party. Let’s just call it NORTAB for short, shall we? I’m a bit of a curmudgeon (you’re shocked to discover this, I know) so I probably dread these things even more than the next guy, but research shows that the vast majority of workers would rather have their stockings filled with a lump of cold hard cash ……

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Nov 12

November 12, 2018


I’ve Had It with Multitasking!

I swear on my grandmother’s china, if my boss goes off on me about “multitasking” one more time, I am going to blow up like a hamster in a microwave. (And no, I’m not worried about him reading this. One, he has no idea this site exists, and two, the man requires a PowerPoint deck, GPS, and a Sherpa just to check his email … Google is a bit beyond him.) Having said that, he is the MASTER of multitasking….

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Oct 31

October 31, 2018


Scoring with an eBay Side Hustle

So, a few years ago, right before I moved into my current apartment, I had this wild idea on what to do with all the crap I had collected over the years that wouldn’t FIT in this apartment: I’d sell it on eBay! It turned out very well … although not in the way I anticipated. It will probably not surprise you to learn that the crap I didn’t want was, well, CRAP: almost by definition, no one else wanted…

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Oct 18

October 18, 2018


Why Do Retail Holiday Displays Go up so Early?

Just to be clear, I stand firmly in line with the people who start complaining around this time every year about “Christmas creep”: stores putting out Christmas displays before Halloween or earlier. Having said that, I’m not one to do much of the actual complaining myself; I don’t like it, but having worked in retail, I get it. That whole “Black Friday” thing? To most consumers, it’s just another word for “sale,” but it is deadly serious to retail folk,…

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Sep 28

September 28, 2018


7 Inspiring Quotes from Smart Women

I’m actually a little surprised at how many of the quotes I live by came from women. Insert gay joke here. Honestly, though, I’m really not sure being gay has anything to do with it. Maybe I read more? That seems a little, what? Sexist? What is the opposite of misogynist? Frankly, just about any reason I could ascribe to it–women are more caring, women think deeper, whatever–ends up sounding like I think there is something inherently better about women…

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Sep 17

September 17, 2018


Ho Ho Ho for the Holiday$

So this past weekend I found myself shopping in a major retail store (I won’t tell you the name, but it rhymes with Sprawl Mart…) and as soon as I walked in the door, I got hit with a massive display of Christmas decorations. My first thought when seeing that (well, actually my second thought: my first thought was “Why did I come here, again?”) was something along the lines of what you’re probably thinking right now: “Are you kidding…

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Aug 23

August 23, 2018


Falling through the Cracks of the American Dream

My life, I will admit, is a constant explosion of chaos (with a name like Maelstrom, I figure it’s genetic). There is always SOMEthing going on, which I’ve always felt was ever-so-slightly fantastic. My life is FULL: I don’t have a “bucket list” because I kinda want to do EVERYthing, and there’s no point marking it off a list because I’ll probably want to do it again. The way I’ve always looked at it, as long as I’m doing something…

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