Getting Around

Nostalgia for a Beater Car

I had to have a car. I was working two jobs — publicity and waitressing — and the jobs were 30 minutes apart. I took the day off of work, rented a car for one day, and set out bright and early to get the job done.

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How Long-Term Travelers With Loans Do Money

Southeast Asia is so cheap. There was one day when we each had three meals, snacks, smoothies, and coffee, and we took a four-hour train ride, and we only spent $15. There’s nowhere else in the world where you can do that.

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Four-Wheeled Fantasies

I haven’t owned a car since 2001. On September 5, a week before 9/11, my midnight blue Mazda Miata convertible was repossessed.

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Americans Help Man Get Car, Are Still Generally Selfish And Myopic

We love this guy. We love him to the tune of $277,000+, apparently, because he is an old school, uphill-both-ways, Greatest Generation, pulling-himself-up-by-his-bootstraps kind of man.

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The Way We Spend: In The Winter Vs. Warmer Times

We buy our way out of inconvenience and discomfort, as long as we can afford to and sometimes even when we can’t, because the need feels so pressing. How do we get out of this cycle? Do we even want or need to?

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Geography Is The Mother Of History, Or, Where You Live Matters, Choose Wisely

Disability is I guess welfare for white people? The kind of social safety net even Republicans are okay with.

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A Guide to (the Costs of) Getting Lost

As for groceries, I’ve lived on the gift cards to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s I got in my Christmas stocking.

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Socialism: The Sharing Economy I Want

I want just a little bit of everyday socialism.

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The Cost of Things: A Broken Foot in Winter

Non-monetary costs: Multiple phone calls and frustration with the insurance company over who they cover and how they bill. (My boot was billed separately from the hospital. Our system makes no sense.)

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