Graduate students are graduate students. Adjuncts are people who already have a PhD (or master's) and are essentially temps in the academic world - working without a contract (may be wrong here, but if there's a contract, it's semester to semester or year to year, not long term), with no hope of tenure, and paid very… » 3/25/15 9:25pm Wednesday 9:25pm

We didn't register anywhere, and did our best to make it clear that we were flying across the country and would have to ship back any tangible gifts. If anyone asked we said we didn't want anything, which I guess can be an underhanded way of asking for money. We really did mean it though. Having the wedding across the… » 3/22/15 2:40pm Sunday 2:40pm

Same here, I'm always perplexed by the "cash only" thing. I look at my bank account daily and when I swipe cards I see what came out of it and my credit balance increasing. I view the cash as gone once I took it out. I only ever use cash if a credit card is not an option, because I don't track it. » 3/15/15 7:35am 3/15/15 7:35am

I lost something like 35 pounds once, and people kept asking me how I did it. Everyone's face would just fall when I said "I stopped eating dessert and started running 3 miles every other day. That was actually it." I could just see their faces go from glowing hope to crushed disappointment. » 3/13/15 10:40am 3/13/15 10:40am

I once asked a woman I hadn't seen in a while if she was about to have her baby yet.... she'd already had the baby and it was 3 months old. She just hadn't lost the baby weight and still looked pregnant. I tried to recover by gushing and asking all about the baby, but I felt like such an asshole. » 3/07/15 11:03am 3/07/15 11:03am

To the point of infrastructure - I've lived in this area for five years and have done a lot of driving. And I'm pretty sure traffic has gotten worse and it's not just me. Rush hour started at 4:30 pm -ish when I moved here, then 4:00, now it's 3:00 pm and even 2:30 you might not want to leave the house and go too far.… » 3/05/15 1:50pm 3/05/15 1:50pm

I use Yelp like the yellow pages these days, but I don't even look at the reviews for restaurants. Just look at the menus. I do read reviews for things like hair salons, mechanics, etc, but you always have to read between the lines with the bad ones on those, because half the time the customer is mad that a service… » 3/03/15 10:27am 3/03/15 10:27am

I feel like the vast majority of baristas I encounter repeat back to me that I want an added eXpresso shot when I ask for an added espresso shot. It's so common I've caught myself saying it that way, and then I slap myself. It may be joining "literally" and "could care less" in that language drift people always talk… » 3/02/15 5:58pm 3/02/15 5:58pm