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  1. When thinking about the labor it must take to keep these homes clean (and you know the owners ain't schlepping a mop), I always recall Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed (2001): When someone works for less pay than she can live on … she has made a great sacrifice for you … The "working poor" … are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone. — Nickel and Dimed, p. 221 The author concludes that someday, low-wage workers will rise up and demand to be treated fairly, and when that day comes everyone will be better off.
  2. "Actually at a certain point an extremely large kitchen is less functional than a "large" kitchen. Of course, it is really nice to have an ample size kitchen with plenty of storage and counter to work on but if the "triangle" is large, it means that one is walking vast distances." This is how I feel about huge bathrooms, with a big tub sitting in the middle of the room by itself. It's a long, cold walk when you're wet and undressed. And just that much more to clean (referring to the bathroom, not myself).
  3. Lord, at first glance I thought it was Michael Jackson.
  4. "My bet is that Kyle runs her mouth to Kim about what happens behind the scenes, Kim shares with her BFF Brandi and that is the source giving Denise information about things she didn’t know about that went on in the group." I came by to post this exact thing. I think Kyle's stirring things behind the scenes through Kim and Brandi.
  5. OMG, Akshay is Larry, Darryl, and Darryl. Minus Larry.
  6. Leah reminds me of CeCe from Beaches - must be the center of attention and it's exhausting to be around.
  7. I think it's great the ladies reenacted the scene where the Griswolds go shopping in Rome.
  8. Yes, lying about a 30 year old Extreme song would be odd. I don't think my post contradicted yours. I was saying that, initially, they liked the song so much they fought for it (there's a YouTube interview with Bettencourt where he says he threatened to quit if the label didn't release it as a single). I think you were saying it eventually became an albatross. This happens to a lot of bands (see Ricky Nelson's Garden Party). Again, like I asked about Wilson Phillips, I would love to know the financial details.
  9. Good lord, today actually is my 50th birthday. This is traumatic enough without thinking Ramona and I are the same age 😂😂
  10. Nuno Bettencourt actually liked the song (as did Sebastian Bach, who told them it would be a huge it), and fought their label to release it as a single. Does anyone know how much $$ a group like Wilson Phillips would get to play a private event?
  11. Brandi's eyes are two different sizes. She is making the other women look natural in comparison.
  12. How many performances a week is Sonja in Lu's show? Are we talking an occasional appearance or every night for the run? Honestly, I think Sonja has more natural stage presence than Lu, although I wouldn't pay to see either one of them.
  13. Did Dorinda redecorate Blue Stone Manor with items from the clearance aisle at Pier 1? I like bold colors too, but the tchotchkes look like things Edina Monsoon would buy while drunk.
  14. Hannah reminds me of someone playing the role of weird. There are a few girls like that in every high school class - like they don't want to be average but aren't original enough to be unique, so everything they do or say comes off as very affected or for attention. Like when nerds go goth. Except Hannah isn't in high school, so it's just meh.
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