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On Ask Polly: You Are Not Uniquely Fucked

Polly, I just want to say again how very very close this hit to home for me. Thank you.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm 1

On Gentrification Eats Its Own

I live just down the street from Clinton St. Baking Company, and the neighborhood is getting truly ridiculous. Predatory landlords (most notably Croman) have taken over almost every building on the block, and are forcing long-time tenants out by illegal means - including, in Croman's case, a gun-toting unlicensed "private investigator" who comes around and harasses tenants. One 90+ year old woman in a Croman building was evicted, dumped at a city hospital, and ended up discharged on the streets this winter, where she lost several toes to hypothermia.
Gentrification may indeed eventually eat its own, but it eats everyone else first.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 11:41 am 0

On Ask Polly: My Terrific Herd Of Friends Is Being Ruined By This Awful Freak

Polly! Once again, brilliant.
I would add that as someone who has also been in this situation, there's something particularly satisfying about secretly loathing someone in your friend group, no? Scratches some evil little itch, and it's easy to let it fester; very tempting stuff.
The best solution I've found is, as Polly says – just be cheerful, busy, and unavailable. If they passive-aggressively confront you, Play Very Wide-Eyed and Dumb: "I swear it's not that, I'm just so swamped!". Continue to be unavailable. Eventually, even the craziest Jessicas will find a new target.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm 1

On Are You A Roomgirl? Because Everyone's Dating Their Roommate Now

I was once the 'third roommate' in a secret roommate romance. I only found out they were sleeping together after eight months in, when he came home with some other girl and she flipped out. The police ended up being called. Good times!

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I'm Turning 30 And Anxiety Is Ruining Me

LW, my anxiety comes from a different source, but I could have written some variant of the same letter. Just today I was saying to a friend that I could be sitting in a room full of fluffy kittens with a bajillion dollars in checking and Clive Owen rubbing my back and I would still be bubbling with anxiety at some level.

This is great advice from Polly (as ever). And may I just extend my very real love and hugs to you across the wide interwebs. There is hope out there. And you will be surprised at how much you can overcome.

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I Am Severely Chafed By My Gentle, Compassionate Boyfriend

Best Ask Polly ever? Best Ask Polly ever, ever, ever.

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm 5

On Chopped Salad Toppings, In Order

@Alex Balk But.... but all of the rest of this is just garnish!

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm 0

On Chopped Salad Toppings, In Order

WHERE IS THE BLUE CHEESE, YOU MANIACS?

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0