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I'm a bird eater... I pretty much eat throughout the day in small portions. As in I take a bite at my desk and then I walk around with my mouthful and fix things. But if I skip a meal, it's *really* hard to start eating again.Takes me about 2 days to ramp up to speed. Not eating leaves me so exhausted that I can barely get out of bed. This has happened more often this winter. I don't think it's SAD... but it could be. I'm hoping someone other than me has experienced this before. What do you do?

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Colby Keller is wearing a really great tshirt here, with a printed design of Greek red-figure vase painting. I want one. Can you help me track it down?

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Looking for suggestions of how to best spend a couple days within a two hour drive on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. For Reasons we need to be in the US for 48hrs in mid-April (flexible timing anytime 8th-20th). Travelling party will consist of two adults and one 3yr old who loves all the stuff you'd expect her to (arts and crafts, singing, running around outside, interactive museums etc.) Our budget is about $500CAD.We did a similar trip last year and went to Rochester and visited The Museum of Play, Wegmans (yay delicious dairy), and sampled a garbage plate. Initial thoughts for this year was to go to Finger Lakes but just saw online that the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen typically doesn't open until mid-May. So looking for thoughts and ideas...should we still go to Finger Lakes region (or is it going to be too early in the season) What else is there to do around there that would be family friendly? I know about the Corning Glass Museum (where my wife wants to go) and I've been checking out events sites but would appreciate first-hand recos. Alternatively, where else could we go. We've been to Niagara Falls, and we've weekended in Buffalo pre-parenthood and have been to the Albright-Knox and the Wright house but maybe there's more to do there with kiddo? More about us and what we're interested in. Obviously we want kiddo to be having fun. We're not really looking for outlet shopping (boo, exchange rate). We're reasonably active and if the weather is good up for hiking (and may bring bikes and trailer if the forecast is warm enough). We also like to eat. Doesn't need to be fancy just as long as it's good or a regional oddity or both. Non-negotiable: Travel needs to be in April, destination needs to be in the US within a couple hours of Niagara Falls. There's some wiggle room on budget. Thank you!

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I'm a huge fan of Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series. It's a great mixture of worldwide myths revisioned, butt-kicking urban fantasy heroine, and vivid writing. Decaying and fallen Atlanta is a significant part of the atmosphere.I am going to Atlanta this weekend and staying in Decatur. I'd love to match up fictional landmarks with real locations. Driving around Atlanta traffic sounds like a nightmare....especially since I'm spatially challenge. Regardless, what landmarks in the series translate to real life and wouldn't be agonizing to get to? Are there any usable maps? Pinterest boards with pictures?

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How do you manage snoring with cohabitation in a small space?I love being able to snuggle and sleep with my partner when I visit, but I snore like quarry saw, and we both have some sleeping difficulties with noise, but she's much more sensitive than me. While we're both very pragmatic and we agree that separate actual sleeping quarters aren't dealbreakers at all but healthy, needed and/or luxurious, her current place is very small and I would like to try to find better solutions that allowed us to nap together more successfully.

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We have a whiny dog. We've tried everything and don't know what to do. He is 9, maybe older, a Border Collie mix who's probably got trauma in his past (the shelter found him by a dumpster with maggots in his fur), but no current medical problems that our vet was able to find. He has anxiety but takes meds for that.Previous asks on this topic were helpful a little while ago, when this issue first emerged. But now I want bigger guns. Or more effective guns? Anyway, here's what we've tried: - Thundershirt (no difference) - Crating (escape, destruction) - Playtime with our other dog (other dog humps and annoys, or they are indifferent to each other) - Soft music - Soft lighting - Food and treats of all shapes and textures (chewy, gnawy, crunchy, etc.) - Free time to roam the yard outside - Affection from humans - Puzzle toys and treats that require some work (this is effective but buys us only 15 minutes or so until he figures it out and the whining begins again) - Fluoxetine (no difference) - Melatonin (no noticeable difference) - Trazodone works pretty well, better than nothing. He gets 50 mg twice a day. - Squirt bottle of water for when the whining escalates to ear-piercing barks. Most of the time we just show the bottle and he ducks down submissively and is quiet for a few moments. If he persists, we squirt him while saying "NO" in a firm voice. The whining happens day and night, but especially at night. It seems to make no difference whether humans respond or not--it's almost like he's whining to entertain himself? We suspect he's got some deafness, so maybe it's like an affirmation that he's still alive and making noise! All the advice in previous Asks about ignoring him, signaling "all done," etc., don't apply because he does. Not. Care. What. We. Do. Hiking or walking on a leash until he's too exhausted to proceed = the most effective thing. But we don't have the time or energy to take him on long walks every day, and the weather is really dreadful some days. Predictably, these are the days when he's the worst. Every night this week we've gotten up at 2, 3, or 5:00 to refresh his chewy toy because he whines nonstop. We came home from dinner tonight to find he had ripped up a box of seeds my partner was saving for spring gardening. No food smells, even (and he's uninterested in the garbage)--he was just bored? Basically: what are we not thinking of, and what is our best recourse other than taking him back to the shelter or enrolling in a dog daycare situation? Our funds are adequate but limited. Thanks in advance.

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Recent college grad, not at all moving forward with my life, and I'm interested in Americorps. I need a change. I want a big change, something challenging and very unlike what I'm used to. I'm overwhelmed and don't know how to begin going about this. HELP.22F, graduated last May with a Bachelor's in English. I have a lot of experience with kids... infact, it's just about the only area in which I have extensive experience, and I want to do something completely different. I like kids and am very seriously considering devoting my career to them (in, say, an area pertaining to child development or the like) but I want to do something totally different, something pertaining to my interests that I've never tried before, before committing to anything. Some details: I graduated college a BS in English. I'm very interested in the environment - I've seriously considered studying sustainability or the like. I absolutely love anything outdoors and I love gardening/growing things. I'd love experience in a field pertaining to sustainability/conservation or the like, but there are many and I'm overwhelmed. I'm also interested in public health, or health issues in general. I went to Africa a few years ago and I got to help with a presentation on the transmission of AIDs and I LOVED it, far more than I loved working with kids. Public health/medicine are really interesting areas for me and I'd love experience there. I did well in school and really love academia settings. I know y'all can't choose a program for me, but some guidance on how to choose one given that information would be super helpful. I'm from Western NY, in a suburban/urban setting, and I'd like to go somewhere different. Very different. Also, one more question: NCCC or VISTA? NCCC is appealing because they basically just throw you in somewhere, but I'd be 23-24 and I'm concerned about being the oldest person there. I'm afraid that the possible immaturity of the people I'm working with would bother me. However, there's something appealing about being placed in one of five projects; I think there's opportunity for growth. However, VISTA may be nice because I wouldn't be the oldest. There are just so. Many. To choose from. And so many states - how do I pick one? I've never been west of Ohio and I want to go somewhere new. Thanks in advance.

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I'm planning to serve up some BBQ baby back ribs this weekend. It's a recipe I've used several times before, using a Traeger smoker/grill, and people love it! For guests who don't eat pork, I want to offer bone-in chicken breast, and was wondering if the chicken can be cooked using the same process, or will it need a different recipe?For the ribs, my technique is derived from here. Summary: 1. Sprinkle a yummy spice mixture over the meat and let it sit overnight. 2. Smoke the ribs for about 4 hours (low heat). After that, refrigerate until guests arrive. 3. Brush BBQ sauce onto ribs, seal in foil packages and grill at 350 for about 45 minutes. This works great for the pork ribs, and I would prefer to just treat the bone-in-skin-on chicken breasts the same way. Will it turn heavenly as the pork does, or get too dry during the smoking process because of lower fat content? If the latter, any ideas for how to adapt the recipe to chicken with minimal effort? And anything I'm not thinking of?

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Anfield Road prices to stay frozen for two years. After many protests [nsfw:language] over a price increase from £59 to £77 - that included an unprecedented 10000 fan walk-out against Sunderland at the 77th minute (result 2-0, final score 2-2), Liverpool FC owners Fenway Sports Group stepped back and apologized from the original pricing plan. Meanwhile, fans of Dortmund also protested prices this week, by throwing tennis balls after having to pay €19,5 (standing) €38,5 (seating) for an away cup match in Stuttgart. German football is traditionally one of the cheapest in Europe. English football at this moment is at crossroads: on one hand, the new TV contracts kicking in next season will likely push even more English clubs to the top of Deloitte's Football Money League (currently 9). In addition to several new stadiums opened recently, others will follow, including redevelopment of Anfield Road, White Hart Lane, the Olympic Stadium and Stamford Bridge. But on the other, while lower division teams have been struggling for a while, it's not certain this influx of money will help top English teams to dominate in Europe teams from the top of European football, as transfer fee demands will go up, as well as salary demands, and even domestically, traditional big spenders are being upstaged this season by Leicester City (5 points clear with 13 games to go) - a team with an estimated transfer market value closer to the bottom. A new development is also the emerging Chinese Super League (with some government backing) has splurged in transfers this January and outspent European teams, by signing players such as Gervinho (Roma) Jackson (Atl. Madrid) and Ramires (Chelsea) in a total over €130 Million (to the concern of some managers, including Arsenal's Arsene Wenger), and it's possible more will follow.

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How do I deal with fear of failure starting a new position and what if I hate it?Some of you may remember my very first position in HR a bit over 2 years ago. I cried often, I was the scape-goat, I felt like everything I did was wrong, my big boss wasn't very clear and talked to me like he patronized me, manager was out to get me and even though I had "cover your butt" documents it did nothing to make me look better. I was so relieved I got laid off. Over the past year I've been working as a temp as a recruiter. I gained a lot of experience in this position and met great coworkers although my boss is never around and kind of clueless/denial and avoids confrontation. Not a very good boss but he is somewhat reasonable and I'm not crying at my work like my first job but me and my coworker have been exploited with no benefits and less pay doing the same work as others without being hired on but stringed along with empty promises. Well anyways, last week he quit. A week after I also accepted an amazing opportunity and put my notice in too! It was perfect timing. This position is at a university, more pay, tons of employee perks, benefits, you name it. They seem nice but so did my boss at my first job. I keep having flash backs of how horrible it was at my first job. I'm afraid I'll be targeted, I'll hate it, I'm afraid I'll cry, I'm afraid to fail. It makes me think maybe I really did suck at my job at the very first one or maybe they just didn't like me, I don't know. I'm afraid of being miserable. I am afraid of making mistakes and looking stupid, not having them like me, regret hiring me, etc.

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Some time ago, I had a specific type of job interview which was new to me and I did not get offered a position. Now, I have this same type of interview again. How can I ace it this time?The interview was with one of the local school boards, and it has a very non-interactive format. It was set up as follows: You go in and there are 2-4 people sitting with laptops on one side of the table. You sit on the other side. First, they read me a statement about equity in hiring practices (which, I think, was meant to explain why the format of the interview was so rigid. Then they handed me a typed and laminated sheet with six questions on it. One of them read a question. They sat there and typed every word I said. Then the next one read the next question and they typed everything I said. They did not interact with me about my answers. They did not ask me to clarify or elaborate. They just sat there and read out the questions and typed everything I said. I have a contact through a family member who conducts these types of interviews, and the only feedback he could offer me was that they score you on a matrix for every question, and I probably did not hit enough keywords to score high enough on the matrix. If they cannot ask me to clarify or elaborate, and they cannot interact with me beyond the recitation of the questions, I am not sure how to approach this interview in a way that demonstrates my capabilities. I have good credentials, and an in-demand specialty. I will be a good candidate for them. I just need to figure out the secret to passing this interview. Any advice would be welcomed. And if it helps to know this, I am applying for French positions, and will be completing a language proficiency test in addition to the interview. When I completed that for the other school board, I did pass it and am still technically on their list for those positions, even though I did not get added to the general roster. This is Toronto-area, too, so any TDSB-specific advice is always welcome :-)

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I'm looking for books written in an engaging manner about highly technical topics (i.e. don't read like textbooks). What books do you recommend, and what is this category called so I can find more of it?My husband (an engineer) recently read Feynman's books, has enjoyed books like The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene and The Tao of Physics, and has rekindled his interest in books on highly technical topics written approachably and in an interesting, engaging manner. He wants to learn more about string theory, electrodynamics, quantum theory, etc. He's looking for recommendations for books like this in general, and especially about electrodynamics and quantum theory. He has an engineering background, so hard science is TOTALLY okay. He is a global learner so he's looking for story and explanation-based information to integrate into his brain collective and not equations unless they're thoroughly explained and integrated into the text. So, what do you recommend?

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Several friends and I have clubbed together and purchased a fixer-upper house. We intend to work on it as best we can ourselves, use contractors when we have to, sell it when done, make profit, etc etc. The issue is going to be, how do to count and 'value' the contribution each person has made?The serious financial deal between us (6 people) is written up as a contract by our lawyer - decision making, split of proceeds etc. But we specifically don't make too much formality in the people-effort part. The effort each person puts in is not going to affect their share of the eventual sale, but we do want to find some way to recognize the work each puts into fixing the place up. Some us can paint, some do carpentry, some might do admin (permits, etc.), design ideas, carrying boxes, calling contractors, moral support, making coffee, etc etc. The issue is going to be that a simple log of time spent on the project might not be enough. For example, if each person simply records the hours they spend it doesn't reflect the value and effort of that contribution. Say one person spends 2 full days (16 hours) doing back-breaking concrete block work and saves the group from having to pay a contractor $2000 for that work and during that time someone else comes for the morning; chats for a bit, makes coffee for the other guy, thinks about the the best color of paint for the walls, sweeps up some dust, takes down the old curtains, then goes home and surfs the net to research prices for door handles - 8 hours of stuff, but not half the value and effort of the 1st guy. We're all goods friends and think we can remain so, but realistically guy#1 isn't going to continue that level (of really useful and money-saving effort) if guy#2's hours are considered to be equivalent. The way that we think people's effort will be recognized that that they have to contribute less to other project expenses - for example since we have to pay for insurance during the building work, maybe guy#1 gets to contribute less to that bill. But how much less? And how to keep everyone feeling like their contribution is worth it? And how to prevent the temptation of someone thinking that they are not valued and they withdraw their most valuable skills (say the concrete-working guy#1 decides he'll do the same hours but not on the sweaty, hard, concrete work, he'd rather pick carpet and talk to the landscaper)? My question is getting long and I don't know if I'm communicating it clearly, but please your ideas, experience and pointers to what might work. And will not. Processes, systems, methods, concepts, practical stories. We can't be the first group with this situation. And we're already talking and trying to stop it becoming an issue. Many many thanks.

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Long shot: I have a memory of hearing someone, could be anyone, talking about how they try to conduct themselves like Cary Grant in North-by-Northwest, something along the lines of being terminally good natured and genial even in the face of aggression and surprising events. I don't suppose anyone remembers who it was?

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A high school student of mine (along with their parent) wants me to give him a letter of recommendation that I wrote about him for an internship program. I feel a little uncomfortable about that. I know it's within my rights, but is it unreasonable or extraordinary of me to refuse?When I was in high school, it was my understanding that letters of recommendation were by default private, to allow recommenders to be honest in the letter without reservation. It was also my understanding that it would be a very unusual and potentially rude request to ask to have the letter. Since becoming a teacher of high school upperclassmen, this is the most recent incident of several experiences where students of mine implicitly expected that I was going to give them the letter of recommendation, and it has me questioning whether my views are outdated. The internship program doesn't have any clear public-facing information about where to send the letter of recommendation, so I e-mailed it to the program's main e-mail address, with a request for information if there is a better way to submit it. It's possible that the internship itself expects the student to collect and deliver the letters themselves - I don't know, and I haven't heard back from them. I realize that I am not required to give him the letter, but I want to know whether the common wisdom of today indicates that I'm being unreasonable or unusual for refusing to do so. Thank you!

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Fox doesn't understand the difference between white bedsheets and snow. (SLTwitter)

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I need help choosing whether to go to London with a day trip to Paris or stay in Paris the entire trip on our family vacation this summer.We are in the process of saving for a trip to Europe. My older daughter (4) is all about Paris and the Eiffel Tower and has been for the last year but I'm nervous about staying in a country where I don't speak the language. Is this unreasonable? I've never been outside the country for anything more than day trips from Texas into Mexico but I was always with someone who spoke the language. The options I'm considering are: A.) Staying in London and taking a day trip to France via train to see the Eiffel Tower. B.) Staying in Paris and enjoying everything Paris has to offer and just dealing with the language barrier. We are looking at going in June/July of this year and it will be myself and two children who will be 1 and 4 years old. Could you help me compile a pro/con list? This is my first ever time taking an international trip and I'm not quite sure how to choose.

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There are so many things I want to change about myself, and I don't know where to start.Hello everyone. First of all I want to say that most of the time I am happy and my usual self. I suffered from an eating disorder for five years and I thankfully one day just stopped in February 2015 and it lasted almost a whole year, until January of this year. I was going to therapy on and off but nothing seemed to work until I read a particular book about being present with no distractions while eating, and savouring each bite and eating whatever I felt like with no restrictions. That worked for me and lasted almost a whole year. However, lately when I get home from work, I have been so tired that I've been eating mindlessly as soon as I get a chance and it continues on throughout the evening. All my plans of writing and doing exercise go out of the window. This stresses me out and is very upsetting, as it also destroys my week. I tried eating mindfully but because of my tiredness I always say to myself 'ok this will be the last time i eat like this, new start tomorrow'. I have tried taking naps after work, and also therapy. I take vitamin D pills and also multivitamins. I also have a habit book. None of this works! I am feeling guilty all over again because I can't seem to get my act together. Other things I want to change about myself are to exercise more, write in the mornings and do art more regularly once again, dance once in a while, and read everyday. I have about ten books in my bedroom that I want to read this year but have so little time that I doubt it will happen. There are so many things I want to be doing and just don't have the energy to. Also I don't have just one group of friends, I have friends spread out all over the city and in order for me to keep my social life, I need to see them regularly which involves dinner or drinks, which also makes me overthink about food and it takes me out of the routine. But social life is very important to me as I am alone here in the city. I feel like if I just focus on my eating and exercising habits that I won't grow as a person. Should I try to change all of these things, or follow the recommended baby steps? My problem is that when one thing fails, I give up for the whole day. Do I have too many things I want to do that it overwhelms me? I would greatly appreciate any advice on this as I feel like I've lost focus and not sure which habit I should focus on changing first. Thank you.

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As reported this weekend, Twitter announced today that timelines will no longer be ordered strictly by reverse chronology. re/code: Twitter is desperate to show Wall Street it can either add new users or keep making more money from its existing ones. (Preferably both.) [Twitter's consumer product head Jeff] Seibert says the feature is targeted at current users more than potential users, although a great algorithm could help with recruitment. "[Core users] are our microphone," Seibert explained. "If we make the product delightful for them, they will bring their colleagues and their friends and their family onto the platform. That's the goal here." The timing of the launch is not coincidental. Twitter reports earnings Wednesday afternoon and the new feature will give executives something to point to on the call. Twitter has to showcase how it's going to grow — or, if it's not going to grow, how it's going to keep its current user base engaged. This gives them something to talk about. Opinions from Wired: "The objections to the algorithm also presume that Twitter is currently its best self. That's a stretch. Yes, it's an essential service during breaking news, especially to those of us in the media, but otherwise it's a mixed bag of whimsy, news, fights, bile, harassment, and desperation, all presented in a lexicon unique to its most faithful customers. Even to a regular, it can be a tiring slog. To an outsider, it's inscrutable. Back to Facebook!" Slate "If you squint hard, you could view this as a fundamental change in how Twitter works. The timeline has always been ordered predominantly by recency. Now it can be ordered by a combination of recency and relevance, to use the social-media industry's buzzwords—Facebook's buzzwords, really. It may be CEO Jack Dorsey's most substantive move since he returned last summer to run the company he co-founded, and it's a fairly naked bid to make the service a little more like Facebook." New York Magazine: "The reasons for switching to — or adding — an algorithmic timeline are obvious. Twitter can be a forbidding place, visually and culturally, and a smartly tuned sorting system could make it more welcoming to both new and infrequent users. And, yes, to advertisers. Explaining to advertisers that your social network has an algorithmic feed "like Facebook's" is likely to get them to open their wallets much more quickly."

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"We accuse someone of pretentiousness to call out false authority and deflate delusions of grandeur. But we're also using the word as a tool of class policing: a way to tell a person to stop putting on airs and graces." Dan Fox, Why I'm pretentious and proud of it A longer excerpt from his book, Pretentiousness: Why It Matters, has also been published in the Guardian.

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Who is the artist behind this picture?

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Everyone dies of something, but after slogging through the daily news, you'd think most people die from terrorism, shark attacks and gas explosions. But are these tragedies — not to mention deaths from lightning strikes, plane crashes and tsunamis — actually top killers in the United States?

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Does anyone know any examples of intentional communities built off of ideals (e.g., kibbutzes, ashrams, communes, eco-villages, religious monasteries, etc.) where some individual(s) in charge got a little too powerful (or were too powerful to start out with) and turned the system into a self-serving, almost autocratic system?The ideal examples would be those where I can then build a dataset of a certain kind of community (communes, kibbutzes, etc.). I would then identify those that were ideologically-consistent and those where the governance became a little autocratic, while also recording certain variables about the leaders or founders that are correlated with the transition from one to another (like whether the leaders' power was based on trust or resources or something). Thanks! (also, if anyone knows studies that do something similar to this, I would be deeply appreciative of suggestions or references!)

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Are you a technical writer? How did you get your job? What do you do on a day-to-day basis? What are the pros/cons of your job? What's the salary like?I've worked in the academic sciences since graduating college (biology PhD, two postdocs) and am considering jumping ship. Not sure what to do with my life, but given my technical background and strong writing skills, I'm thinking about technical writing. Not sure I'm qualified, or what the qualifications are, or what these jobs really entail, or much of anything else ... so if you're a technical writer, or former writer, please tell me about your job.

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I want to quit my stable and perfectly good job to do: nothing. Am I an idiot?I've had the same job since I graduated from college in 2010. It's a social-science research gig tangential to the international development world. Mostly I sit in a cubicle and try to get useful information out of messy survey data. Some light stats and programming are involved. On paper, it sounds perfect. Nobody cares or even notices when I come in or leave, and I can work from home whenever I want (but rarely do, since my commute is pretty easy). I can take a paid day off with no warning. The internet is unfiltered and my cubicle private enough that I can waste time with confidence. I get good healthcare, vacation hours, even matching contributions to a retirement account. My salary is not amazing but adequate, and I recently got a minor promotion and a raise. I travel two or three times a year and my passport is full of stamps from the warmer and poorer places of the world. There's free coffee at the office. The downsides are less tangible. Nearly all of my department is in a different state, so I don't really have any human contact other than through the phone and minimal small talk with my cube neighbors. I will sometimes go two or three days without speaking to anyone. Juggling the Very Urgent requests from half a dozen project managers who aren't talking to each other can be tiring. I never intended to work in this field, and I'm convinced that the actual work we do is either pointless number-crunching unread by anyone important (at best) or expensive indulgences purchased by the lords of neocolonialism (at worst). In the end, I'm just tired of it. Some days I feel like I'm slowly dying every minute I'm here. Not that I'd want to, but I'm not sure I would be able to get the same kind of job again - everyone else in my position has a Master's or better, and I just sort of snuck in somehow. A year ago I applied for Dream Writing Job on a whim and (to my surprise) got an interview, kicking off a long and frustrating process in which I was rejected, accepted for a trial contract, rejected again, invited to re-apply with a larger portfolio, and then rejected one last time, after producing pages and pages of unpublished material. It was exhausting, and left me unsure whether I was good enough but unlucky, or not good enough but somehow lucked into an interview. During that process, though, I realized that I was fantasizing about quitting my old job as much as I was about starting the new one. While I wait to find another dream job to try out for, I'm going through the usual late-20s What Do I Do With My Life crisis. I got a serious digital piano recently, and if left to my own devices I'd be playing it eight hours a day, but I'm not so dumb that I think I can do that for a living. My girlfriend suggested that it could be a nice change to just do some kind of part-time barista or bookstore type of work, which sounds appealing, but I have no real experience there. I have a pretty good pile of money saved up, and my expenses are low, so I wouldn't need to find something right away, but I'm concerned about losing my health insurance. I finally found a doctor I like, and was recently prescribed medication I expect to take for the foreseeable future. I'm too old to ride on my parents' plan. I got seriously ill on my way back from my most recent work trip and landed in the hospital for a night, and that $5,000 bill would have been a real bummer if insurance hadn't covered it. Have you left a good job for no particular reason and with no specific plans? How did that go?

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