Nickel-and-Dimed

doing my dialectical journal before practice at a starbucks, drinking a green tea frappe because holy shit it’s hotter than hell outside and i think i melt a little every time i go outside

my friends, it is now 23 days until school begins. am i excited or do i want to slip into a coma so i don’t have to go the world may never know ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

When someone works for less pay than she can live on- when, for example, she goes hungry so that you can eat more cheaply and conveniently- then she has made a great sacrifice, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life. The “working poor”, as they are approvingly termed, 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 else.
—  Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed, on the working poor and need for a living wage.
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How Activision Uses Matchmaking Tricks to Sell In-Game Items
Activision was granted a patent this month for a system it uses to convince people in multiplayer games to purchase items for a game through microtransactions.

Well, this is disgusting.

This goes to show “Games as a service” is really just an advertising prison.

We go to these games,
for a breath of fresh air from the nightmare fever dream this reality has become.
What do we get?

Fucked.

Never ending, unfinished games stewarded by your favorite Intellectual Property to nickel and dime via microtransactions, lootboxes, cosmetics. Psychologically preying on you to the tune of 3.6 billion dollars in 2016 from Activision alone.

What fresh hell this actually is.
Bleh.

Gilmore Girls Reading List

Here is the list I will attempt to get through. I don’t think I will follow it in order but I will definitely number the book commentaries.

1.       1984 by George Orwell

2.       Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

3.       Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4.       The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

5.       An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

6.       Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

7.       Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

8.       The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

9.       The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan

10.   The Art of Fiction by Henry James

11.   The Art of War by Sun Tzu

12.   As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

13.   Atonement by Ian McEwan

14.   Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

15.   The Awakening by Kate Chopin

16.   Babe by Dick King-Smith

17.   Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

18.   Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

19.   Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

20.   The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

21.   Beloved by Toni Morrison

22.   Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

23.   The Bhagava Gita

24.   The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy

25.   Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel

26.   A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy

27.   Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

28.   Brick Lane by Monica Ali

29.   Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner

30.   Candide by Voltaire

31.   The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

32.   Carrie by Stephen King

33.   Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

34.   The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

35.   Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

36.   The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

37.   Christine by Stephen King

38.   A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

39.   A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

40.   The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

41.   The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty

42.   A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

43.   Complete Novels by Dawn Powell

44.   The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton

45.   Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

46.   A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

47.   The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

48.   Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

49.   Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

50.   The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

51.   The Crucible by Arthur Miller

52.   Cujo by Stephen King

53.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

54.   Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

55.   David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D

56.   David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

57.   The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown

58.   Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

59.   Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

60.   Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

61.   Deenie by Judy Blume

62.   The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

63.   The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx

64.   The Divine Comedy by Dante

65.   The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

66.   Don Quixote by Cervantes

67.   Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv

68.   Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

69.   Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

70.   Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

71.   The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

72.   Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

73.   Eloise by Kay Thompson

74.   Emily the Strange by Roger Reger

75.   Emma by Jane Austen

76.   Empire Falls by Richard Russo

77.   Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

78.   Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

79.   Ethics by Spinoza

80.   Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves

81.   Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

82.   Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

83.   Extravagance by Gary Krist

84.   Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

85.   Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore

86.   The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan

87.   Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

88.   Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

89.   The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

90.   Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein

91.   The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

92.   Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

93.   Fletch by Gregory McDonald

94.   Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

95.   The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

96.   The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

97.   Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

98.   Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

99.   Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

100.   Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

101.   Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

102.   George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg

103.   Gidget by Fredrick Kohner

104.   Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

105.   The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

106.   The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

107.   The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

108.   Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky

109.   Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

110.   The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

111.   The Gospel According to Judy Bloom

112.   The Graduate by Charles Webb

113.   The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

114.   The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

115.   Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

116.   The Group by Mary McCarthy

117.   Hamlet by William Shakespeare

118.   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

119.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

120.   A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

121.   Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

122.   Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

123.   Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare

124.   Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare

125.   Henry V by William Shakespeare

126.   High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

127.   The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

128.   Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris

129.   The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

130.   House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

131.   The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

132.   How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

133.   How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

134.   How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland

135.   Howl by Allen Ginsberg

136.   The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

137.   The Iliad by Homer

138.   I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres

139.   In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

140.   Inferno by Dante

141.   Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

142.   Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy

143.   It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

144.   Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

145.   The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

146.   Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

147.   The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

148.   The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

149.   Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

150.   The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

151.   Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

152.   The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

153.   Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence

154.   The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal

155.   Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

156.   The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield

157.   Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

158.   Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

159.   Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

160.   Life of Pi by Yann Martel

161.   Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

162.   The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

163.   The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

164.   Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

165.   Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

166.   Lord of the Flies by William Golding

167.   The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

168.   The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

169.   The Love Story by Erich Segal

170.   Macbeth by William Shakespeare

171.   Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

172.   The Manticore by Robertson Davies

173.   Marathon Man by William Goldman

174.   The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

175.   Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

176.   Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

177.   Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

178.   The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

179.   Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken

180.   The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

181.   The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

182.   Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

183.   The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

184.   Moby Dick by Herman Melville

185.   The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

186.   Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor

187.   A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

188.   Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

189.   A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars

190.   A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

191.   Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

192.   Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

193.   My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

194.   My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken

195.   My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

196.   Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo

197.   My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

198.   The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

199.   The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

200.   The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

201.   The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

202.   Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen

203.   New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

204.   The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

205.   Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

206.   Night by Elie Wiesel

207.   Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

208.   The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan

209.   Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell

210.   Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

211.   Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

212.   Old School by Tobias Wolff

213.   On the Road by Jack Kerouac

214.   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

215.   One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

216.   The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan

217.   Oracle Night by Paul Auster

218.   Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

219.   Othello by Shakespeare

220.   Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

221.   The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

222.   Out of Africa by Isac Dineson

223.   The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

224.   A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

225.   The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan

226.   The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

227.   Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

228.   The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

229.   Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington

230.   Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

231.   Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

232.   The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

233.   The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

234.   The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche

235.   The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill by Ron Suskind

236.   Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

237.   Property by Valerie Martin

238.   Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

239.   Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

240.   Quattrocento by James Mckean

241.   A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall

242.   Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

243.   The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

244.   The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

245.   Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

246.   Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

247.   Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

248.   The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

249.   Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman

250.   The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

251.   R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

252.   Rita Hayworth by Stephen King

253.   Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert

254.   Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

255.   Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

256.   A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

257.   A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

258.   Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

259.   The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

260.   Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

261.   Sanctuary by William Faulkner

262.   Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

263.   Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

264.   The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

265.   The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

266.   Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

267.   The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

268.   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

269.   Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

270.   Selected Hotels of Europe

271.   Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell

272.   Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

273.   A Separate Peace by John Knowles

274.   Several Biographies of Winston Churchill

275.   Sexus by Henry Miller

276.   The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

277.   Shane by Jack Shaefer

278.   The Shining by Stephen King

279.   Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

280.   S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

281.   Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

282.   Small Island by Andrea Levy

283.   Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

284.   Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers

285.   Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore

286.   The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

287.   Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

288.   The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

289.   Songbook by Nick Hornby

290.   The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

291.   Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

292.   Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

293.   The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

294.   Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

295.   Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

296.   The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

297.   A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams

298.   Stuart Little by E. B. White

299.   Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

300.   Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

301.   Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett

302.   Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

303.   A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

304.   Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

305.   Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

306.   Time and Again by Jack Finney

307.   The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

308.   To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

309.   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

310.   The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare

311.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

312.   The Trial by Franz Kafka

313.   The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

314.   Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

315.   Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

316.   Ulysses by James Joyce

317.   The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath

318.   Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

319.   Unless by Carol Shields

320.   Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

321.   The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

322.   Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

323.   Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard

324.   The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

325.   Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

326.   Walden by Henry David Thoreau

327.   Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten

328.   War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

329.   We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

330.   What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

331.   What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

332.   When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

333.   Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

334.   Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

335.   Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

336.   The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

337.   Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

338.   The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

339.   The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion


Wish me luck!!

No Free Candy!

“No Free Candy! The money raised from the $0.25 per piece of candy sold goes to help us fund a charity that helps find missing/abducted children. Please, ‘NO’ FREE SAMPLES!”

Was typed on the bright colored sticker on the lucite clear box that had tabs on the very top to hold the charity organization’s card (rescuing missing/abducted kids, for ours), a lockable money hopper with a coin slot on top and “$0.25” on the lid with the slot (my boss even photocopied a quarter, cut out the image, and taped it next to the coin slot), and on the bottom was an open compartment stocked with Jolly Ranchers, Peppermint/Spearmint wheels, individually wrapped Starburst squares (taken from larger wrapper), individually wrapped Now & Laters, individually wrapped spherical candies that are either sour, very spicy hot, or change colors and shrink as you suck on them. We had Tootsie Rolls but nobody wanted those as much, so we quit stocking them.

I worked at a business and the candy box was up front, where I worked. I would politely remind anyone dipping into the candy for free that those cost $0.25 a piece, whenever I had the opportunity (i.e. not busy helping customers and other primary duties). My coworkers did the same thing, and so did my boss. Even a couple of customers called out these cheapskates, though they weren’t as polite about it, and made no bones about shaming these cheap thieving jerks.

But people still kept taking free candy from the honor box, without paying! How low can you get taking money away from an organization that helps kids!? My boss definitely gives the money from the sales to the organization (less the cost of candy). However, more and more people just took free candy or they underpaid by putting pennies, nickels, or dimes in there. One guy, God Bless him, put a $20 bill in there yet only took a couple of pieces of candy. But for every guy like him or even a person who put in $0.25 for a piece of candy, there were two dozen assholes who either took a freebie or simply underpaid.

The assholes who took freebies or underpaid drove really expensive cars, dressed really lavishly, didn’t spend much money in the business, were VERY rude and demanding, and yet take candy without paying from a charitable cause.

My boss had had enough and said “The 'Honors System’ doesn’t work when too many people have no honor!” So he paid, out of his own pocket, to replace the little “Honors System” candy box with a good quality gumball machine like, coin operated dispenser. He got it from a website from a company that has been making and selling these since the 1980s, in America.

The coin operated gumball machine is capable of being bolted down to the counter (my boss did that), it has barrel locking mechanisms on the top clear plexiglass compartment for the candy, a well designed hopper and dispense mechanism to effectively distribute one piece of candy per quarter (works brilliantly), and is set to take quarters only, and the money compartment is safely behind a locking metal door behind the coin drop and turn mechanism, easy to empty out. My boss taped the organization’s cars to the top part (square “globe” where the candy is filled), and the machine cannot be fooled by slugs, coins on strings, or lower denomination coins. You can’t even fool it with foreign currency (one jerk tried to use an Albanian coin to try to steal a piece of candy).

After that, the candy theft stopped, and my boss was able to properly raise the funds to aid this charity.

But seriously, fuck cheapskate customers who think it’s okay to take a piece of candy for free despite the fact it says you have to give $0.25 for each piece of candy in order to fund an organization meant to help kids (or anyone, for that matter), especially when they are driving high end cars and dressed to the nines. If you can afford fancy clothes and expensive cars you can spare $0.25 for a piece of candy.

gazebros  asked:

i know i requested something last night but i hope it's okay if i have another one, i just love your writing! something like it's junior year and richie saved up for a car so he takes eddie out on a date and it's just super fluffy n cute? thanks sm!

(You can send me prompts anytime!) 


~Richie slid until his back was pressed against the back of his car. His car. He smirked and took a warm puff of his cigarette. Sitting at the edge of the El Camino’s bed was Beverly, arm draped over the ledge, sucking on her own cig. She was nodding to herself and staring up at the early sky. “So what do you think?” Richie finally asked. 

Beverly licked her lips and rolled her cigarette to the opposite side of her mouth and slid it from her lips to speak. “A little junkie…but you finally got your car Rich!” She jetted her leg out to kick him. Richie couldn’t hold back his grin as he crawled over to sit next to her. 

“Yeah my change jar is empty now.” Richie sighed and Beverly chuckled and tilted her head back, cigarette sticking out like a chimney. 

“God, the seller must’ve hated you.” 

Richie shrugged and rolled his lips together. He hadn’t paid entirely in change but maybe a good chunk. He’d been working his ass off at the shitty drive-thru place to get enough paychecks for it. He started to tap his fingers anxiously against the ledge of the bed. “When are you picking him up?” Beverly asked, shaking her cigarette over the edge. Richie watched the ash fall and flurry to the ground. Richie checked his watch. 

“Twenty minutes…you think he knows it’s a date?” Richie asked nervously and Bev laughed again. 

“Eddie could possibly be a little oblivious…so be a frickin’ gentleman, or I’ll pound ya.” Beverly unlatched the bed’s door and hopped down, pulling her shorts down. Richie chuckled and puffed his last bit of his dead cig. “Later Tozier.” Beverly called over her shoulder as she shoved her hands into her pockets and traveled down the sidewalk and out of sight. 

At her departure, Richie realized the depths of his nerves.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Headlights flooded into the homey, but dead Kaspbrak household. Mrs. K herself was snoring up a storm in their old nearly broken arm chair. Eddie was hoping down the stairs, shoving his foot into his shoe along the way. Off the last step, he landed with both feet on the ground, both shoes on. He hear a distant honk and held back a smile. He quickly threw his front door open and stood on his porch, door shutting softly behind him. Richie was standing outside the car but his arm was reaching inside to honk the horn. “You couldn’t come to the door?” Eddie shouted with a little sass but Richie just hopped over. 

“Hey, I’m proud! Isn’t she a beaut’ Eds?” 

“She?” Eddie chuckled as he followed Richie to the car. Richie nodded. 

“You always call cars she Eds. “ He shrugged and led Eddie to the passengers side. Eddie ducked inside as Richie went back around and got inside on his side, sliding on the bench. 

“Ahhh a masculinity thing.” Eddie nodded and leaned back. “I never got the whole, calling cars by girls names.” 

Richie turned his body backwards to look out the back window as he pulled out of Eddies driveway. “Would you drive a car named Horrice, Eddie?” he chuckled and Eddie shook his head with a smile. 

“Yeah cause every guy name is ugly. It just makes it seem like you’re in a relationship with your car. Why does it have to have a name anyway?” 

“Well Eds, I’m as gay as the day is long so you shan’t worry about me dating my car just because she’s a girl.” Richie threw the comment casually and it made Eddie freeze, arms clenched in his lap. “And I guess any name can be used for either a boy or a girl, is a name specific-?”

“You’re gay?” Eddie finally squeaked and interrupted Richie. Said boy, turned his head as he pulled to a stop at the stoplight, the red light fuzzing in his peripheral vision. He licked his lips and shrugged.

“Yeah. You didn’t know that?” Richie chuckled awkwardly and scratched his chin, thankful that driving gave him an excuse not to look at his friend. “That makes this date a lot more awkward then I planned.” 

“This is a date?!” Eddies voice squeaked again and Richie felt his stomach drop slightly, he’d been fearing that he hadn’t been as straight forward as he’d thought he was being when he asked Eddie out. 

“Well, it doesn’t have to be if you don’t want it to be. But I mean that’s what I intended when I asked you to have dinner with me…. alone, Eds.” Richie gave him a look. Eddie shook his head. 

“We hang out alone all the time, how was I suppose to know the difference?” Eddie frowned as Richie pulled into the lot of some Dairy Queen that looked over some small body of water. He pulled backwards into a space with focus. 

“Well for one, When you said yes, I said, ‘Good it’s a date!’ “ Richie laughed and parked the car, turning his body to Eddie.

“I thought that was just a weird joke of yours, you do that all the frickin’ time, Rich.” Eddie rolled his eyes and leaned back in his seat as Richie jetted his hand out to change gears. Eddie glanced up with a small worried expression. “What are you doing?” he asked. 

Richie shrugged. “Taking you back home….” He looked at him as if it was obvious.  “I mean, you’d rather be there then on a date with me, right?” 

Eddie bit his lip and eventually shook his head with a wide smile and opened his car door. “I’m expecting you’re paying then right?”

Richie grinned. “I am a gentleman, Eds!” He hurried after him and into the Dairy Queen. 

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Despite that the intention was dinner, Richie and Eddie had left the joint with two blizzards and fries to share. They sat in the El Camino’s bed, looking over the small body of water. The radio was going on quietly in the background with the windows rolled down. “So, hows the date?” Richie asked with a small grin and Eddie blushed, stabbing his spoon into his frozen treat. 

“Fine, for having it be with such a trashmouth.”

Richie put on a smug grin “Hey, I’ve been a good boy.” He chuckled and dipped a fry into his blizzard.  

“For now, maybe.” Eddie smiled and kicked Richie’s leg. Richie took it as a good time as any to scoot closer, and set his arm around Eddie’s shoulders. The smaller boy looked up with probably the single most adorable smile Richie had ever seen in his life. “How’d you know I was gay?” 

Richie set down his blizzard. “Didn’t. I just winged it. I thought you saying yes was a good sign but figuring in the fact that you didn’t know this was a date…” Richie trailed off and looked at the smaller boy under his arm. 

“I think the answers pretty straight forward now, isn’t it?” Eddie asked with a expectant smile as he sat comfortably under Richie’s arm. 

“I think its the opposite of straight forward, Eds.” Richie chuckled and Eddie shoved him to his left with laughter he couldn’t hold back. Their laughter calmed down and Richie scratched his nose. 

“Y’know I saved up all my nickels and dimes for tonight.” Richie looked down at Eddie who looked confused. “The car, I mean…I saved up for the car so I could take you on a real date.” Richie stumbled slightly on his words and Eddie blushed. 

“You didn’t have to do that to get me to go on a date with you, Richie.” 

“Well you didn’t even willingly agree to this one, so I wouldn’t know how to get you on one, would I?” Richie poked Eddie teasingly, Eddie slapped his hands away with a small smile. 

“Just fuckin’ be there, Tozier and I’ll be there too. cause God help me, I enjoy your company and would very much like to go on as many dates as you have to offer.” Eddie pinched him and Richie giggled. 

“Ok, would you like to go out again tomorrow night…as a date?” Richie spoke the last word slowly and carefully inflected it just to tease him. 

Eddie shook his head. “Yes, you dipshit.” He flicked his red spoon at him and Richie stuck out his tongue. 

The date ended up better then Richie could’ve planned it. 

yamchef  asked:

I agree with your goals and message 100% but please stop saying "X" is violence. it weakens your argument because it is incorrect. almost every instance of it that you describe is oppression. oppression and violence are countered differently. the man nickel and dimeing disabled people at every corner is oppression and has to be fought legally and politically. clear concise, and accurate arguments resist the oppressor more effectively than anger because it equalizes the opposing people.

Oppression is violence, you absolute fuck.

SAT Memes 2017

~kissing your uncle’s feet
~yoghurt and sweetmeats
~diamond
~when you think you’re outgoing but they say you’re reserved
~ceres vs. pluto
~the confederation
~lignin
~todd davison and the national parks
~fancy it up
~super rich
~give it a wow factor
~shirts and dresses
~going out of business bc your batteries cost too much
~f©
~knitting
~nickel and dime chart
~0.30 circumference

anonymous asked:

I never fuck with the contents of someone's food, but I WILL nickel and dime the shit out of somebody. Extra sause? 50 cents. You want avocado? you get barely enough to go on your sandwich. Pay out the ass for being an ass.