How Do I Tell My Friends I Can’t Afford To Hang Out With Them?

I’m generally happy with my life right now, but money makes it hard to feel free and spend time with them as we grow older. They can simply afford things—group dinners, group trips, concert tickets—that I can’t. Any advice on how to broach this subject with them, or focus our time together towards things in my budget instead of theirs? I don’t want to be a buzzkill.

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I’ve seen friendships ruined over this, particularly in regards to weddings. The bride or maid of honor are well off, so that means a Vegas bachelorette party, weekend spa for a shower, $300 shoes for bridesmaids. It can run in the thousands. This is planned without any regards to their friend’s finances. In fact, they are horrified and angry at even the slightest protest.

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A Quick Way to Chill Beer In a Hotel Room with No Fridge

Reader Kyle sent in this method to chill beer if you’re on the road, would like a frosty drink, and of course, your hotel room doesn’t have a fridge. Just line up your bottles on the air conditioner unit, fire it up full blast, and give it about fifteen minutes. Surprisingly, that’s all it takes.

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If you wrapped it in a wet/damp paper towel, you’d probably cut it to less than 15…

What Snack Makes For The Best Campfire Kindling?

A guy named Zach emailed our tips line to let us know that Doritos make for excellent kindling for a fire. So our staff decided to experiment with a bunch of snacks you might bring camping for their multi-purpose potential.

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There is no way the frito finishes behind virtually any other kindling, let alone another chip!

The dorito might …might… be close to the frito just on flame, but factor in the frito’s durability vs. the fragile-ass dorito and there is no reason you’d opt for a dorito over a frito.

The Airplane Seating Arrangement that Triggers ‘Air Rage’

New research shows that the mere presence of a first class cabin on an airplane—plus the added experience of having to shuffle through this cabin while boarding—contributes to “air rage,” both among economy and first class passengers.

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If you have a fucking carry-on, you must exit the plane after everyone else. The biggest time suck of the whole experience is waiting for people with carry on luggage. This would in turn create less carry-on traffic altogether.

Bring back free checked bags, and people will use it.

Assholes Clap For Child Kicked Off Flight For Having An Allergic Reaction

If you’ve happened to have a good day and want to end it on a high note, too fucking bad. It turns out people are horrible, proven by the gang of assholes on a Washington flight who clapped when a child was deboarded for having an allergic reaction which delayed their flight.

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The child’s father is currently battling stage 4 throat cancer, and the child is allergic to dogs.

Use Resistance Bands for Travel-Friendly Workouts

The struggle to get a good workout when away from a gym (or your home) is real, but toss a few lightweight resistance bands in your go bag, and you can exercise anywhere.

Sure, bodyweight workouts are an awesome option, but add resistance bands to mix, and you have a challenging workout without the gym. Bands come in a variety of colors that each represents a certain thickness, elasticity, and tension, and thus makes it feel like you’re moving some serious weight. There are a few kinds, though I personally like the bands that are closed loops like these ones. They’re simply more versatile than the ones with handles, but both work fine and are compact.

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The luggage is always packed tight, but I’m sure I could get what is essentially a rubber band in there.

Comfortably Relieve Ear Pain When Flying With This Technique

Rapid ascent and descents on airplanes cause our ears to “pop.” But, why do our ears do that in the first place?

And why does the lack of that relieving “pop” cause the most annoying pain in our middle ear?

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They used to hand out boiled sweets on planes, because swallowing the saliva generated by sucking the sweets did the job.  Chewing gum works pretty good too. Only problem is getting it out of your ears afterwards 😉

Don’t forget about the Alti-Tooties either – atmospheric pressure can make you fart.

Skip Insane Airline Fees When Traveling with a Bicycle with the “Bananas Box and Chop” Method

The video is quite low budget, but the airline fees for bikes are crazy.  More than crazy, I’ve heard numerous stories about fees being inconsistently applied.  Little to no cost for one flight, $300+ for the next – all the stories suggest that the fee is entirely discretionary by the attendant you are dealing with.

Another issue with putting a bike on a plane is the nightmare when there’s damage.  So as much as the packing tip is interesting, I’d be really hesitant to use it for sake of needing to claim damage.

The most interesting tip I got recently was a friend shipped their bike.  A shop broke the bike down and packed in a box for a fat bike.  For those who don’t know what a “fat bike” is, they’re a recent  fad in cycling intended for bombing around in snow.  No suspension, but enormous tires (which provide suspension of a sort).  So there’s lots of space in a fat bike box that can be packed to really minimize damage to the frame and parts…  I don’t know the cost, but it might be worth shipping separately if that is possible.

Avoid Surprise Bowel Movements When Competing by Changing Your Pre-Competition Diet

A while ago, I was on the phone with a friend who shall remain nameless when they told me a story that involved a long run, a serious bathroom emergency, no bathroom in sight, and an ending that left them with some of their dignity missing.

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That’s nice …for me to poop on! 😉

The article doesn’t definitively know why it happens, and fails to mention how to make yourself poop (like this post) so you can minimize the issue before the competition.  And no, stronger abs will not make you poop faster

How to Quickly Dry Shoes

I came across the following video recently – it’s cycling oriented, but applies to any footwear really (running etc):

Here’s what I suggest:

  1. Take out the insoles to let them dry on their own
  2. I don’t know about “nappies”, but newspaper is what you really want to absorb the moisture
  3. Check the paper every hour or so, swapping out for fresh stuff if the paper is saturated and the shoes are still damp
  4. Ambient temperature of the room matters – shouldn’t be too cold/damp, or too hot (above 20 C/68 F)

Sometimes I grab a stack of the free newspapers at the grocery store.  Because every cycling “bootie” (the cover people put over their cycling shoes) I’ve used amounts to keeping the crud on the road off my shoes.  Once the bootie gets saturated with water, that water ends up in the shoe anyway.

Newspaper has been used in cycling for decades – lots of Tour de France stories about guys loading up their cycling jersey with newspaper to both insulate themselves and absorb water/moisture.