@Meaghan O'Connell : That's very kind of you. Since this is a money 'n' finance zone, I should point out that the Met's "rush tickets" are seriously the best bargain in NYC. They set aside 200 orchestra seats for every Monday-Thursday show, and you can get in line two hours before curtain to buy them. The price? $20 apiece. TWENTY BUCKS for one of the best opera houses in the world. Friday-Saturday, the price goes up to $25 (ha!) and you don't even have to wait in line for those -- there's an online drawing for the opportunity to buy them. How can you pass that up? The Met is awesome.
As someone who goes to the Met a couple times a year, I'll say this : I have never walked out of there saying "that wasn't worth the not-inconsiderable amount of money I just paid for it." Those performers do physically demanding, technically skilled, incredibly refined work. These are people who are absolutely at the top of their game, and paying them very well for it doesn't just reward them as individuals; it also signals up-and-coming singers that opera can be a career. Alternate take : I firmly believe that paying $125-250K to an opera singer is a better bargain (economically, societally, etc) than paying the same amount to some middle-tier manager at a large bank. I'd far prefer to be moved to tears by an aria than by a financial statement.
Hartford is the only place I've ever had a person drive up to me and ask for a dollar. No joke. Hartford is seriously the capital city of hustles.
@samburger : Yes, definitely. Why is there not already a book set in the rickshaw-runner milieu? I would buy that book in a hot second. Also, of course, I absolutely enjoyed this post. More, please.
@flannery : Seconded. This is some kind of quality, right here.
@Lily Rowan : This anecdote, perfectly good on its own, is made excellent by its proximity to your avatar. Well done.
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@frumious bandersnatch : Seconded. I enjoyed the heck out of this.
This is totally parenthetical, but : The books I used as foundation were HTML and CSS and Ruby for Rails even though it’s a little outdated. These are both very good books. I have given copies of "HTML and CSS" to several people whose eyes normally roll back into their heads when I start talking about programming, and they actually enjoyed reading / learning from it. It is basically tailor-made for "non-tech-professionals who'd like to learn to code webpages and need a book with actual design to learn legit skils from." That is all.