Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

  1. [UPDATED] Banker Leaves 1% Tip, Suggests Server Should “Get A Real Job”
  2. Restaurant Says 1% Tip Receipt Is A Fake
  3. Room-Borrowing Landlord Is Mentally Ill, Running A Scam, Or Both
  4. Reminder: Turn Off Your Google Web History Today
  5. 3 Things Not To Buy Online

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  1. mauispiderweb says:

    CLOWN LOACH!

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      I’m guessing that’s the goldfish-looking one? And not the non-goldfish-looking one? (an ichthyologist I am not)

      • mauispiderweb says:

        Yes, the striped one. The other one, it’s hard to tell. Maybe a Mosquito Fish.

        • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

          One reason I’m looking forward to warm weather is fishing again. And by fishing, I mean sitting on a dock drinking beer with my dad, but, you know. Whatever. :D

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          i cheated and read the caption on flickr: Bluetail Goodeid

    • FLConsumer says:

      Clown loaches rock!! I used to buy tiny ones, grow them for a few years and sell them back to the local fish store for quite a profit. Awesome little pet. Mine used to making loud clicking/snapping sounds when they’d first see me in the morning, same when I got home in the evening. Quite enjoyable to watch too, as they usually would cruise around the tank in a group of 3 – 8.

  2. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Oh thank heavens it’s Friday. It’s been a heck of a week, and I’m glad it’s over. No fun plans this weekend (I’ll be doing quite a bit of housework, in preparation of family visiting next weekend).

    Anybody actually doing something fun this weekend?

    • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

      Hiding from storms. Seeing the Lady Sunday morning for breakfast. Oh, and Skyrimming. LIKE A BAWSS.

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        Hiding? Personally, I can’t wait for some proper spring thunderstorms around here. I like to sit out on the patio (or just inside the patio doors, if the rain is too cold) and watch the lightning and all the trees whipping in the wind.

        • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

          I’m in Georgia. Our storms are Oz-tickets. O_o

    • axhandler1 says:

      I am! Going to a St. Paddy’s day pub crawl with some of my co-workers. Tomorrow. Should be quite the afternoon.

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        Oooo, that sounds like lots of fun! And probably a little more sane than trying to do a pub crawl actually *on* St. Patrick’s.

        • axhandler1 says:

          Well, we were gonna go for the parades they do for St. Paddys this weekend, but the city canceled it this year because of all the drunken violence and debauchery in previous years. Sooo, someone organized a big pub crawl on their own. Which is what we are going to now.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      My wife and I are seeing Alec Baldwin speak tonight. Otherwise, no.

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        Well, that should be interesting. Is he monologuing, or speaking on a particular topic?

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      No.

  3. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Netflix Update: according to my queue, Quincy M.E. and Dragnet have been added to instant streaming. Law & Order UK series 2 is now available on DVD.

    Bad news: my computer died at work. Good news: the one spare computer is on another floor, in the corner of a large room, with only one other person. It’s absolutely heavenly! I don’t want to go back to my cubicle!

    I bought a Tracfone with 1500 minutes and triple minutes for life, and activated it this morning. it’s a touch screen phone with internet access, and if it works at my house, I’m on my way to dumping Comcast Triple Play and keeping just Comcast Internet access. I have no idea how to work this thing, but there’s a book, with pictures, and I hope to figure it out this weekend.

    Hope everyone is OK!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      so what kind of cap, if any, do you have with just comcast internet? will it affect your streaming?
      netflix is working with a third party to reduce bandwidth for streaming without affecting video quality too much.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        My cap is 250GB, and I rarely go over 20 GB because I watch shows in normal definition, don’t download much, and I don’t leave Pandora play all the time on the Roku. I try not to watch too much TV as it’s so easy just to get sucked in and waste hours and hours just parked in the easy chair. I rarely watch “live” TV, and then it’s usually the local news show, which I can watch online if I want to.

        Even QVC has a Roku channel! Gotta watch “In the Kitchen with David” whenever I can catch it.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          640 channels. in the kitchen with david is something that’s on QVC? i have no familiarity with it. but there are several shopping channels, including woot!
          good that you don’t go over your cap. plenty of people do and get very upset when they get throttled or cut off.

          • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

            In the Kitchen with David is my favorite thing to watch on QVC. His show is usually on Sunday at Noon to about 2 or so, and other random times during the week. Here’s a link if you want to check it out: http://www.qvc.com/cgen/render.aspx?qp=promo|cd_itkwb_wknd&rewrite=no

            Oh, and about the throttling – one of my husband’s relatives thinks that bandwidth limits don’t apply to him. He plays some sort of game over the internet, streams everything, constantly, and gets annoyed when his speeds get throttled or the internet just shuts off. Whenever he sees me, he complains about Comcast and his internet service, and I always remind him of this. He just doesn’t get it.

  4. Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

    Going to see the Black Keys tomorrow! o/

    Unfortunately, I’m coming down with a bad sore throat right now, so no yelling. Still gonna be fun though. Plus it’ll give me a chance to infect thousands of other people with a sore throat and make them miserable.

  5. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    finally got started tilling my yard to plow all the grass under. it’s great – for as far as my extension reaches. so i need to go get a longer extension cord, preferably in some bright color because the dark green one i use for hallowe’en stuff where i don’t want the cord to show is a really bad idea when i am trying to not run over it with sharp blades

    i also found out that the previous owners didn’t just use the woods behind the house as a garbage dump [carpet, propane tank, door mats, trash cans, bricks, splash pool] but also the front yard. the very spot i put the tiller down in first i found what appears to be a plumbing snake, long rusted, buried under a couple of inches of soil. fortunately the tiller didn’t break but i did spend half an hour extracting the coils from the tiller blades.

    no change on the raccoon – except since it’s clearly not pregnant right now i’m pretty sure it’s male. which is good for it not teaching baby raccoons to sneak in

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Someone thoughtfully left a large iron fireplace poker, the old fashioned kind with the curved end and the big loop for a handle, in my yard where my push mower found it. It destroyed the blade, and the mower jumped several feet off the ground when it hit. I lost one of my nine lives that day, for sure.

    • CrankyOwl says:

      Did you ever find out what was making a noise under your bed – was that the raccoon?

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        that was hugh. he has to turn around 47 times before he goes to sleep. when the earthquake happened last year i thought hugh had climbed into the box spring again and was scratching himself. he’s like a herd of elephants running through the house. even down to a normal 11 pounds, he’s a lot of cat and very unaware of his own strength or where his body is.
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/catastrophegirl/6201519087/

  6. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I just went to McDonald’s and got a Shamrock Shake and Mighty Kids meal. They asked if I wanted a boy or girl toy, I said “girl;” I get back to the office and there’s no toy! I may need to write to the Consumerist about this.

    • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

      Travesty!

    • Hoss says:

      Don’t do it unless you don’t mind people telling you what you should eat and ask why you want toys at the office, and how green food coloring is gross, and, and….

  7. Thyme for an edit button says:

    My mom and fiance are checking out wedding and reception venues this weekend!

    I wish I were not living 3,000 miles away and that I could go too.

  8. nbs2 says:

    So, we said goodbye to one of our favorite charities. Too many ads in the newsletter and too much junk mail overwhelms all the good that they do.

    I’m kind of bummed.

  9. Murph1908 says:

    Anyone else seeing a long delay before comments appear? Sometimes it takes 20 minutes or more before mine show up.

    This comment submitted at 1:30

  10. Dallas_shopper says:

    Going to get a second opinion today. My first round of thyroid tests came back “normal”, i.e. the free T3 number was low but everything else was in the “normal” range, but on the low end of normal. I am 100% convinced there is something chemically wrong with me. I have never felt this shitty in my life. Wish me luck.

    • chizu says:

      Good luck. I hope you’ll find out what’s wrong soon.

    • axhandler1 says:

      Maybe a gluten intolerence? My friend was feeling terrible for months, and finally had a doctor suggest that he cut out gluten, and now, a month later, he is feeling great.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i hope they figure it out soon. i went to 5 doctors with symptoms and got told all different things [mostly wrong] before i ended up in the hospital and was diagnosed with [adult onset] type 1 diabetes by an orderly who noticed that i smelled like ketones.
      don’t give up

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Good luck. There’s a more sensitive test for thyroid problems that can be done, and in my Mom’s case, her first tests showed that she was “normal”. Further testing revealed thyroid issues, and now she’s on medication and doing much better. I’m fairly sure it’s the case of “we’ll do the cheap test first and hope it works”. But it didn’t. Keep digging!

  11. chizu says:

    In an ideal word. No one messes with your report. Especially not the format of the report you had all the styles set up already in InDesign. But, this isn’t an ideal world… So there goes hours of work of… Redoing things…

    Things are rough in life. And it’s about to get worse. I think I’ll be okay — and I’ll be able to judge how bad things are/will get by tomorrow. So wish me luck on that end.

    I was thinking about this the other day, if say, I end up renting my house out instead of selling it. Where can I find out more about drafting up lease, tenant and landlord laws, etc.? (I live in Jersey.) We had previously had the world’s worst tenant — if worst case scenario, we need to evict someone due to not paying rent, etc. I want to be able to think ahead of all these things. I read about how there are management companies out there who will take care of the property for you — has anyone had any experience on these companies before? Are they expensive? I don’t know what I’m going to do just yet, but I want to know where to research and just get some idea under my belt. Ideally, I would rent it out to friends whom I could trust, but, it might not always work out that way. People told me getting a realtor is a good way to get the property filled — any thought?

    On the upside, I had a full work week this week! 40 hours week! Next week it’s back to 25… *sighs*

    What’s everyone doing this weekend?

    • Dallas_shopper says:

      The real estate section of the City Data forum might be able to help; there are a lot of landlords who post in there from various states. If they can’t answer your specific questions they should be able to at least point you in the right direction. :-)

      • chizu says:

        Good call! Thanks. I used to use CD a lot for research, I just completely forgot about it…

    • axhandler1 says:

      Good luck with everything! Here’s what a quick googling turned up:

      http://www.lsnjlaw.org/english/placeilive/irentmyhome/tenantsrights/

      http://www.megalaw.com/nj/top/njlandlord.php

      Where in Jersey (generally), if you don’t mind me asking? I’m here too, in the northeast.

      • chizu says:

        Middlesex, really close to Rutgers. :) Where might you be? (God, NE… I could only imagine rent getting higher up as you go up north…)

        • axhandler1 says:

          Oh yeah, rent in my area for a studio is about $1000 per month. Absolutely terrible. I’m moving to a cheaper area in a few months, probably around Montclair or Bloomfield. Hopefully getting some roommates too, so that should reduce my rent by a bit as well.

          • chizu says:

            I love the fact that you are moving to Montclair to find a “cheaper” place to live. Hahahaha. But Montclair is a beautiful town, it seems to have a lot of cute little shops. It’s also not terribly far from a number other places that I’d go to normally. (Like Mitsuwa at Edgewater.)

            • axhandler1 says:

              Lol, I know. “Cheaper” is by no means cheap. Still probably gonna be spending like $700+ a month on rent, guh. And yeah, I’m excited, I never really spent much time in Montclair, but I’ve had a bunch of friends tell me it is actually a really fun town. I just wanted to be somewhere where I don’t have like a long commute to work. I loathe traffic. Which is unfortunate, seeing as I live in Jersey. How is Edgewater? I don’t know if I’ve ever been there.

              • chizu says:

                Edgewater, West New York, Palisade Park, Fort Lee, etc. They are all along the water, or really close to the water, just right across from the City. It has quite a view, but god, it’s busy, it gets very trafficky, and can get pretty stressful. Not to mention, it’s incredibly expensive to live there. Just insanely expensive to be in that area. I’d rather be further down and be in nicer towns like Montclair and Nutley (about like 15-20 away from that area? assuming no traffic, of course) than live/work in that area.

                • axhandler1 says:

                  Ahh, I gotcha. I work right around the Fort Lee area, so I’ve been communting down. I’m hoping the commute from Montclair will be easier. And actually I have been to West New York. Me and some co-workers got lunch at Son Cubano a while ago. Amazing views of the city, but pricey.

                • axhandler1 says:

                  I actually have been to West New York before, some co-workers and I got lunch at Son Cubano a while ago. Amazing views of the city across the river, but yeah, pretty pricey. And busy.

                • axhandler1 says:

                  I actually have been to West New York before, some co-workers and I got lunch at Son Cubano a while ago. Amazing views of the city across the river, but yeah, pretty pricey. And busy.

                • axhandler1 says:

                  I actually have been to West New York before, some co-workers and I got lunch at Son Cubano a while ago. Amazing views of the city across the river, but yeah, pretty pricey. And busy, you’re right.

                  • axhandler1 says:

                    Lame. Way to show my comments as not registering, Consumerist, inciting me to type them out again and varying them slightly, so now I look stupid. Thanks a bunch.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i have a friend who is a realtor and i had her help with the lease for renting out a room to my friend.
      it really might be worth hiring a realtor to write up the lease to make sure it’s going to protect you and hold up in case of issues. a lot of realtors are desperate right now due to lousy home sales so i’m sure one would be willing to do some paperwork for a reasonable fee

  12. HogwartsProfessor says:

    *sigh*

    On the job front: I have an appointment on the 10th–a week before my severance runs out– to take the MERIT exam for a state job I applied for. That doesn’t mean I’ll get it, of course. Meanwhile, no one else seems to want me. I’m taking a basic Spanish class, so that at least gets me out of the house once a week. Also it’s fun and I’m learning a little bit of Spanish. If I can’t afford to continue, maybe I can study online once I master the basics. I’m kinda good at learning that stuff.

    I just spent like $80 on my cat, which I can’t really spare. She has to eat higher-end food or she gets sick all over the place. And I stopped by the vet’s office to get her some Revolution while I had the money. (Yes, I looked online and it isn’t any cheaper.) If I can’t find a job, I may end up either losing my house and leaving, or selling my house and leaving, and I can’t take her with me. She’s strictly an outside cat who is socialized to no one but me. The vet’s office wasn’t really helpful although they did give me a number for the no-kill shelter. I better call them now in case I have to get on a long waiting list.

    I wish one of the tornadoes had eaten my shitty little house. Then I could take the insurance money and go far, far away. I miss my bf, I’m sick of cold, grey weather and I’m tired of playing the fake “Oh yes, I want to sell my soul to you for a measly paycheck” game. And it’s only been a little over a month.

    • Misha says:

      Good luck. State employment is neither as great nor as terrible as the internet says it is.

  13. courtachino says:

    I am in the process of buying my first house — it’s a short sale. The seller accepted my offer as-is (yay!). Now I wait for Capital One to approve the offer. I am SO nervous. I thought my offer was low (list price was $129k, but I offered $100k since a house on the same street and the same size just sold for $90k), so I was so happy the seller accepted it. My agent said Capital One is quick to respond, so she gave them until April 16 to accept/deny/counter. I am on pins and needles right now! Wish me luck! I love this house — it’s in a GREAT neighborhood, it’s in great condition (as far as I can see), has a nice fenced in yard. I WANT IT SO BAD! If anyone has any knowledge with short sales or has been through one, feel free to reply!

  14. Jules Noctambule says:

    Had a very successful art opening last night; I sold a lot and a friend who had her very first showing also sold paintings and got a commission from a local shop. Another friend got a job after too long unemployed and it’s a job with benefits and a salary and vacation days and everything. We may have celebrated a little too hard; I know I and two other friends were in our beds after noon – can’t party now like we could back in school!