Fun story: I was living in France during the debating/drafting phase of ACA, and my coworkers were always asking me to explain what the debate was about.
I'd start off with, "First thing you've got to understand is that healthcare is a multi-billion dollar for-profit industry" (mais en français). And that's where I lost them.
@Anna Jayne@twitter I clicked on this with full anticipation that you would be all over it.
@laurel I love your comment more than I can express.
@aphrabean Some day, I will cross-stitch a sampler that says "Never read the comments". Because intellectually, I know it; I just need a gentle reminder.
@Ice Cream Castle Word. (See below.)
Oh man, this hits particularly close to home, as I sit alone in my office (during Spring Break), trying to work and just thinking, "@%*& it."
My current failures include such highlights as an inability to get started on my dissertation because I've been turned down by every possible site, being rejected by someone (who finds pining for the woman who's rejecting him preferable to going out with me), being rejected for jobs (in case I have to drop out of grad school because it took me over a year to develop this study and the real and opportunity costs of spending another year in poverty developing another study), and other assorted indignities that arise from these failures.
I am going to indulge in Rule 7 next week by spending money I can ill afford on a day trip to get the hell outta Dodge, even if just for a day.
@YoungLeafedJune I love your Rule 8. Maybe I should listen to my mother and start watching Revenge for some tips.
@harebell Interesting about Germany. I felt the process in France was like that in a subconscious sort of way. I remember having a conversation with the security guy my first (failed) attempt to get my visa (only open for visas Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 8-11 am? Oh France, you're so French.):
Me: But how long will it take? I'll have to take time off of work to come here.
Security guy: You're American, right?
Security guy: (shrugs, implying that I'm "not the problem")
@Nicole Cliffe And you'll never guess the things you'll hide within these sleeves!
@frigwiggin This, although I did buy a tiny baby jellaba for a friend's baby. And I do regret not buying the cheesy leopard print jellaba for myself. If it isn't really traditional, it isn't orientalism then, right? Just a love of animal prints.