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I’ve been pretty bummed thinking about how I’m not going home for Thanksgiving. I figured that after missing it for the last two years, surely I’d go home this year, but that was before I looked at plane tickets.
For my husband and me to fly cross-country to my family in North Carolina, we’d spend … *drumroll* ... a whopping $2,000. Even when I looked a month ago, the tickets were hovering at around $800 apiece. Now you might be thinking, “Well, that’s your fault. You should’ve bought them earlier.” OK, yes, maybe. But in my defense, we just moved from Los Angeles to Oregon a couple of weeks ago, and so with the impending move, we delayed buying tickets until we were certain where we’d be flying from.
While this feels pretty depressing to me, it also motivates me to think of more creative ways to connect with loved ones when I’m not physically near them. The pandemic has obviously introduced us to more ways (FaceTime calls, virtual game nights, etc.), but I recently suggested to my family that we try something recurring like a virtual book club. Nothing too serious or stuffy, but just another intentional way for us to connect!
Anyway, if you’re in the same boat this Thanksgiving, I hope you’re still able to connect with loved ones, create new traditions and eat a lot of pie. I will be doing all of the above, including scanning for upcoming flights home that don’t cost $2,000.
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Tell us why you bought that thing — we won’t judge
Tell us how you treated yourself and why, attach a photo, and we’ll feature the best ones in our newsletter! This week, our intern Kunal Patel tells us about a night out that took a few left turns.
I’ve always viewed Uber and Lyft as chariots of excess for the lazy and entitled. As a connoisseur of public transportation, I am loath to spend any more money than necessary to convey myself from point A to B.
A while back, I decided that I was in love with a boy I’d met precisely once. I was certain that this would be the great romance of my 20s, and we quickly arranged a second date. It went poorly. Devastated and feeling foolish, I tried to meet up with a friend but missed my bus, thanks to a nearby block party. With the next one 30 minutes away, I slumped in defeat, scowling at passing revelers, lovers and anyone else with the audacity to look happy in the face of my heartbreak.
Eventually, it all became too much and I ordered a Lyft to stop myself from drowning in my own sorrow. In a cruel twist of fate, my driver was delayed and my $11.99 Lyft arrived at exactly the same time as the $2 bus. Upsetting as this was, a shared bottle of Trader Joe’s wine with a friend did make everything feel a little bit better. Despite the cursed journey, and my subsequently blurry memory, it at least looks like we had a nice time.
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This Is Uncomfortable” is produced by Reema Khrais, Zoë Saunders, Alice Wilder, Peter Balonon-Rosen, Hannah Harris Green, Serena Chow, Marque Greene and Kunal Patel. Digital producer Tony Wagner made this newsletter.
This is a show about life and how money messes with it. Each week, Reema Khrais digs in with stories about the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Presented by Marketplace.