Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part VI)

This month "making it" in Los Angeles looks like this: David lost his gig and Ceda’s doing a lot of stand-up. They're navigating life changes together and separately and also discuss expenses for their cats (not in this column, in real life). Here are the highlights.

Places I’ve Lived: Craigslist Roommates, an Escape to Austin, and Moving in With the Boyfriend

Where have you lived, Ana Ottman?

My Last Weekend Trip: $232.80 Spent in Los Angeles

Have a friend you keep meaning to visit but never get around to it? Well, I finally visited mine on a weekend trip from the Bay Area to L.A. Thirty-six hours doesn't seem like a lot of time for a vacation, but it truly felt like one. Here's the breakdown of how much that mini vacation cost me.

How Richard Rushfield Does Money

We all do money differently. How do you do money, Richard Rushfield?

The High Cost of Renting in Los Angeles (and Nationwide)

Southern California Public Radio station 89.3 KPCC is doing a project on the "rent crunch" in Los Angeles.

My Last Hundred Bucks: Parking, The Best Avocado Sando, and Who Knows What from Starbucks

Where'd your last hundo go, Eric Spiegelman?

Gun Buyback Programs Too Successful/Not Successful at All

Local law enforcement organized a program to purchase unwanted guns and get them off the streets, but the program attracted more attention than they expected.

The city had promised $200 in exchange for pistols, shotguns and rifles and $300 in exchange for assault-style weapons.

An TV station in Indiana reports that its gun buyback program is wildly successful, except they left out the contextual part of the report that shows that most gun buyback programs aren’t successful. From a 2004 report from the National Academies of Sciences:

“The guns typically surrendered in gun buy-backs are those that are least likely to be used in criminal activities,” the report says. “Old, malfunctioning guns whose resale value is less than the reward offered in buy-back programs or guns owned by individuals who derive little value from the possession of guns (e.g. those who have inherited guns).”

Also, the Congressional Research Service estimates that there are 310 million firearms in the U.S. (“about one for every U.S. resident”), so law enforcement programs would have to buy back a huge amount of guns to actually make it effective. [via]

The Hair Cowboy

I had only gotten a couple blocks away from the Starbucks when a man emerged from the shadows, and, I am not kidding, said, "Do you need a haircut?" It was as if he'd been summoned out of thin air by my thoughts and the god of personal upkeep. He was African American, about six feet tall, wearing skin tight jeans, cowboy boots, a purple vest, and a snakeskin cowboy hat. A snakeskin cowboy hat.

The Cost of (Almost) Getting Bed Bugs in Los Angeles

There was no mistaking this captured family of bloodsuckers. Erin and Ben definitely had bed bugs.

My Last Hundred Bucks: Morning Milkshakes, Modern Transpo, The Cinema, and Roof Access

Where'd your last hundred bucks go, Christian Brown?

The Cities We Leave

Cord Jefferson left New York City, and was glad he had the opportunity.