I think the cameras were installed by the shop's owner, Alex Saleh, who actually seems to really be looking out for his employees and customers.
More specific question: if you're buying from an indie designer and they don't have documentation or maybe don't know what they're doing, jewelery with pearls bumping up next to stones is a bad idea, right? Will they get scratched?
I have very little disposable money so I am always trying to buy nice things for cheap. (But nice as in "cool looking and interesting," not necessarily something a grandmother would approve of as a good investment.) I've also never shopped for jewelry at a Macy's or chain jewelers or anything, because most of the stuff in there doesn't seem to my taste. But for something basic/industry-standardized like pearls, is a boring store really the place to go? Or what should you look for elsewhere so you don't get ripped off, really?
Being deliberately vague about the specifics because of anonymity/privacy concerns, but what do you all think about ethics & obligations to your employers when you're considering looking for other jobs? My place of work is understaffed, and we're all very stressed out because admin won't offer us more money (non-negotiable, bureaucracy) and isn't making things easier in other ways. This makes me want to look for a higher-paying job in a for-profit, in part so that I can someday afford to have a family. But I already felt guilty about the prospect of leaving my workplace even more understaffed, and now I just heard that a coworker will be taking maternity leave/possibly leaving next spring. I know we won't be able to replace her with a temp, so I'll be doing 2x the work with no pay increase. Am I right to feel like I shouldn't leave in that case? At what point do I pack up and go?
Unrelated second question: what do you all like to do on road trips? A friend is driving a few of us 800 miles in a single day, then doing it again two days later to come home. I can't drive, so I've offered to pay for gas and bring snacks/entertainment. What's good road food? Podcasts? Dumb games?
@simone eastbro Wait, what book sale? The Sem's member sale? The library book sale? Or is there something new?
@cupcakecore No, me too. I was just looking at Christina Tosi's Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and I'm really glad that reviews named some of the specific unusual ingredients because I can tell that I'd never use them for anything else. It's the victimized tone that you run into occasionally that really gets me going.
(Kind of wonder if the Zuni Cafe cookbook might be another one like that, actually? I haven't paged through it yet but a lot of reviews say that the techniques are unnecessarily complicated.)
@cosmia As a person who cooks Italian food, I can't leave this without adding Marcella Hazan to the must-have cookbook list. The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking! Buy it, love it, stain every page with sauce.
The "but I can't find these ingredients at my tiny dirt-road general store! Don't waste your money!" complaint is my absolute most-loathed Amazon review feature, though menaced at times by the "this technique is so hard, my mom never had to use this, how does the writer expect home cooks to learn this?" cry. Jesus, people, either a) order ingredients from the internet or b) understand that sometimes people will create recipes that you cannot or will not accomplish, and accept that no one is forcing you to attempt them or buy the book. Like, why even use a cookbook if everything in there is already comfortable for you?
@Jinxie Even if he's not a creep, it sounds like you're probably going to find him hideously annoying anyway. OKC dates are low-investment, so if you're weirded out enough to cancel, don't feel too bad about it.