Hard Times

  • Most Topular Stories

  • Eating My Feelings: Making My Peace with Tomato Paste and How to Make a Great Jambalaya

    Broke-Ass Stuart's Goddamn Website
    Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Welcome to our cooking column Eating My Feelings, where Calvin Amari shows all you broke bastards how to cook great food on the cheap and do it with hilarity. This motherfucker can cook, trust me. He’s a culinary genius. By Calvin Amari How did I end up here? How did I end up as a degenerate food junkie whore? A dirty pirate food hooker if you will. How did I get here? The answer to this question requires that I back track a bit. I was twelve, lying in my sleeping bag in a tent between my two camp counselors… my normal cabin counselor and special canoe trip counselor who is nameless…
  • Switching Gears

    The Everyday People Project
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    I am no less concerned about where our society is heading - but paying the bills has to take first place. So Everyday People have to wait for a bit while I focus on my business. If you want to keep up with me, follow my other blog at Adventures of a Catskills House Junkie. I promise it isn't just about real estate - it's a chance to share what I see as I drive around viewing and showing houses.I'm fortunate to live in a gorgeous area - New York's Catskills and Hudson Valley offer a treat for the eyes at every turn.So come on along for the ride. I'd enjoy the company.Susan
  • Notes from HJL:

    SurvivalBlog.com
    Hugh Latimer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    pdfprintI have to confess that my personal remarks on today’s posts are somewhat limited. JWR and I are frustrated at the unreliability of our web hosts servers over the last two weeks, and I have spent much of the day importing 20,000+ posts to a new server and converting the format to a new blog format, while maintaining continuity with the original site. You will see some minor changes as we try to bring the styling of the new software inline with the old. If you notice that something is broken, feel free to let me know. I may not be able to respond to every notice, but know that I…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Broke-Ass Stuart's Goddamn Website

  • Eating My Feelings: Making My Peace with Tomato Paste and How to Make a Great Jambalaya

    Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Welcome to our cooking column Eating My Feelings, where Calvin Amari shows all you broke bastards how to cook great food on the cheap and do it with hilarity. This motherfucker can cook, trust me. He’s a culinary genius. By Calvin Amari How did I end up here? How did I end up as a degenerate food junkie whore? A dirty pirate food hooker if you will. How did I get here? The answer to this question requires that I back track a bit. I was twelve, lying in my sleeping bag in a tent between my two camp counselors… my normal cabin counselor and special canoe trip counselor who is nameless…
  • Organ Grind: A South American Food Journal Part 9, Guts and Glory in Salta, Argentina

    Matt Fink - Fatt Mink
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Braised and chilled tongue at Don José The Argentinian food scene, which I had found fairly monotonous heretofore, is improved markedly the closer your proximity to Bolivia and Peru.  The most remarkable city of that region is Salta, a frenetic, dirty pearl dropped into the psychedelic northwestern desert.  The eyes are more native brown than European hazel and blue, the buildings more graceful (owing to the influence of the Spanish), and the food more interesting and flavorful.  Offal (otherwise known as guts)  can usually be found at a reputable meat palace in Salta.   Not that…
  • The Newark Airport is a terrible place. Here are a bunch of funny tweets to prove it.

    Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
      If only this were true… Yesterday I was stuck in the Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) when my flight was delayed for six hours. The entire airport was using only 1 runway for all take-offs and landings. It was a like a bunch of Jersey stereotypes all thrown into an airport full of wifi/phone addicted people going nowhere. So I of course took to twitter to make fun of things, especially the #NewarkAirport. I will never fly through there again. Damn Newark Airport, I knew you were in New Jersey but I didn't realize how fucking Jerzzzzy you were. — Broke-Ass Stuart…
  • 5 SOULutions to San Francisco’s Housing Crisis

    Alexandra Liss - Couchsurfer Extraordinaire
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    WARNING: There is no easy fix to the San Francisco Housing Crisis that does not inevitably piss someone off.  If you followed “Has San Francisco SOULed Out: Part One”, then you have read why its so important that we get our heads out of the fog and start looking the hard truth in the face about who really is to blame for this mess. Surprise: we, the residents of this city, are ultimately responsible. But the good news is, our voice is mighty. Its time to shift from misplacing blame on the symptoms, encouraged by mass-media coverage of Google bus protests, and instead unify that…
  • Searching for Sports in Hipster-Land: The East Village

    Elizabeth DiPietro - The Sporty Spendthrift
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo from thehorseboxnyc.com If you’re a sports fan like me, I’m sure it happens to you all the time: Your friends are dying to try that new lounge/bistro/dive in [insert newly gentrified NYC neighborhood here] but all you want to do is sit back with a cheap cold one and catch the game. As the odd one out in your group, you’re fully aware that trying to find a decent sports bar in Hipster-Land that will show something besides soccer or curling is practically impossible. “Professional sports? Such plebian corporate conglomerates interest us not.” So I have made…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Everyday People Project

  • Switching Gears

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    I am no less concerned about where our society is heading - but paying the bills has to take first place. So Everyday People have to wait for a bit while I focus on my business. If you want to keep up with me, follow my other blog at Adventures of a Catskills House Junkie. I promise it isn't just about real estate - it's a chance to share what I see as I drive around viewing and showing houses.I'm fortunate to live in a gorgeous area - New York's Catskills and Hudson Valley offer a treat for the eyes at every turn.So come on along for the ride. I'd enjoy the company.Susan
  • Strangled By Red Tape - Our Journey to Insurance

    22 Dec 2013 | 6:44 am
    Permit me to step from behind the notebook  and offer my personal experience. We've been slogging our way through the new health care marketplace, a fetid swamp of rotting bureaucracy populated by malicious trolls and frustrated angels.  The shining goal keeps us dragging ourselves forward. There it is, so bright, so beautiful, just beyond our grasp: health insurance!I have been uninsured for two years. It was the first time in my life I've had no insurance and it's been scary. I left a state job with a great salary and great benefits to become a freelance writer. It's a long story…
  • Sari Botton

    14 Nov 2013 | 4:53 pm
      Sari Botton October 2013Ever since I've known Sari, she's had a million jobs, all of them related to writing. She writes for the New York Times. She ghost writes books. She's edited story collections (one of them, “Goodbye To All That,” a collection of writers' essays about loving and leaving New York City, is currently selling briskly). She is a co-founder and editorial director of The TMI Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping people write (and sometimes perform or publish) their stories. But I wondered – were these varied projects hers by choice, or by necessity?I like…
  • Charlie Deitz

    21 Oct 2013 | 6:19 pm
    Charlie Deitz is not one to conform and his career has taken a number of unusual turns because he refuses to settle for work he doesn't love doing. I met him when we were both working for a National Public Radio affiliate – he covered the news in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and I covered New York's Hudson Valley. We both left for jobs that paid better, and when we reconnected he told me a lot has happened in the past five years or so. The latest news was he's earned his Master's degree from the University of Oregon. And he's at a crossroads again.“It was a long haul, so thank God it's…
  • Lisa and John

    27 Sep 2013 | 6:34 am
    Sept 27 2013Lisa and John have what we're told it takes to succeed. They're smart, they're college educated, they're hard workers. They're pleasant and attractive. They excelled in school. They've been together for a couple of years and expect their relationship to last. They worked through college and are consequently older than other recent graduates. They're ready to start their adult lives. And they can't find work. They represent a generation that feels cheated – they've discovered the American Dream is a lie.I haven't used their real names or pictures so they could speak freely. …
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SurvivalBlog.com

  • Notes from HJL:

    Hugh Latimer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    pdfprintI have to confess that my personal remarks on today’s posts are somewhat limited. JWR and I are frustrated at the unreliability of our web hosts servers over the last two weeks, and I have spent much of the day importing 20,000+ posts to a new server and converting the format to a new blog format, while maintaining continuity with the original site. You will see some minor changes as we try to bring the styling of the new software inline with the old. If you notice that something is broken, feel free to let me know. I may not be able to respond to every notice, but know that I…
  • Why We Make Certain Decisions, by J

    Hugh Latimer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    pdfprintSo, I wanted to chat about something a bit different. It’s been really helpful for me, and I hope it will be for you, too. It’s about why we do certain things, about why we make certain decisions. I’m starting to get a little older now, and for many of you, you are as well. You can look back at your life and see certain things about yourself and, maybe like me, can see choices made by you or others that had big implications. I’d like to talk about something that I learned about how people work, and I hope that you’ll stay with me here. I’d like to share some stories. My…
  • Letter Re: Eye for Eyes

    Hugh Latimer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    pdfprintB.A. makes some very valid points. I have worn glasses all of my life for distance and now need them for small print as well. During my most recent annual exam, the doctor told me I was developing cataracts. In all my years of going for eye exams, I had never been told, until that visit, that to slow the progression of cataracts sunglasses should become my best friend. I was advised those with lenses rated at UV 400 were the best. I have found one type by a company called Cocoon, and there are others that make sunglasses to fit over glasses (not the clip-on shades). These have side…
  • Letter: I See the Light

    Hugh Latimer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    pdfprintHugh, FYI. Sam’s Club has a 3-pack of TASCO XR5 “Tactical” Cree LED flashlights for $19.98. They are 250 lumen on high power with a low power setting and a strobe setting. Three AAA batteries are included per flashlight (nine total). It is brighter than my Fenix TK 10 (~$70.00 for one) and about the same size. They’re also shock proof and water resistant. The Fenix uses a CR 123 battery, which is much more expensive but will also last much longer than the one hour @ 250 lumens from the three AAA batteries. Still, it is 1/10th the cost of the Fenix. It’s a great deal…
  • Economics and Investing:

    Hugh Latimer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    pdfprintRising food prices pinching consumers. – G.G. o o o A Perfect Storm for Higher Beef Prices o o o Items from The Economatrix: The Risks Are Massive: “Will Likely Lead to Famine and Civil Unrest” Is The US Military Preparing For The Collapse Of The Dollar?
 
Log in