Getting Around

Uber and PDX: A Not-Exactly-Love Story

two of the giants of our age, Portland, OR, and Uber, duking it out for dominance

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The Cost of Fixing Up a Free Bike

This summer I rebuilt a bike whose frame had been gifted to me by my friend Hope’s little sister. She had found it in an alleyway and, thoughtfully, had asked me if I’d like to have it. I was thrilled because I had been wanting a bike and figured this would be cheaper than buying one from Craigslist.

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The Cost of Finagling a Trip to Abu Dhabi

1. Befriend the international students and 2. Tip your waitresses; they probably have cool and too-expensive plans in the works.

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The Cost of Things: Staying Sane By Riding Horses In NYC

Horses connect me to my personal and collective past and I think without them I would die a sad, slow, urban death.

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Lost Your iPad? Buy It Back In Alabama

If you want to try to track down your misplaced possessions, try the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. Just make sure to bring your wallet.

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Hacks for the Worst Airports in America

If you have to fly through Philly (PHL), soothe the savage beast with Crabfries at Chickie’s and Pete’s.

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How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

You can’t take a baby in a U-Haul. I can’t, or won’t, will not take a baby on a week-long road trip, much as I love the idea of a transformative cross-country road trip.

Also as it turns out, renting a U-Haul and dropping it off elsewhere is somewhere (far) north of $3,000. Plus gas. Plus lodging and food for the week it would take driving out there (42 hours of driving at the minimum).

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The Cost of Being a Salmon Swimming Upstream

In mid-October I packed up my entire adult life and shlepped it south on I-95. This is what that cost me.

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Where Do You Want To Live When You Retire

Canada is where Americans are retiring these days. Maybe it’s the cheap drugs.

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The Cost of Things: A Trip to New Orleans That Ends in Fleas

$14.00: two beers after you open the windows in your room but before it is actually safe to be inside. The beer dulls the psychosomatic itching you’ve been feeling all day.

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