@MargaretMead Totally covers parents, too. My beef with FMLA is that you are totally left out if your employer has fewer than 50 employees. http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/
@Derbel McDillet Ok, maybe we can't ski and kayak every weekend, but you get the idea.
I live in WV, initially because I came here for school and met Mr. McDillet, but I stay because, like someone noted above about Santa Barbara, every weekend is like a vacation. We can hike, camp, kayak, ski, search for wild mushrooms, drink with our friends at their amazing homes tucked in the woods, and sit by a bonfire at our own house tucked in the woods in a single weekend, every weekend. Cost of living is reasonable and we don't have kids so schools aren't a consideration for us. We talk sometimes about retiring somewhere closer to bigger water (on the inland side of one of the OBX counties in NC, where I grew up), but we'll see if either of us has the heart to actually leave WV.
@Derbel McDillet That said, I think picking an arbitrary age out of a hat is super dumb (can you tell I wrote my initial response before actually reading the article? Also dumb).
@Aequorea Victoria yeah, this guys is a jerk.
@ECW I think that's a totally valid point, and something that gets brought up a lot in "right to die" discussions. While this guys is pretty much a tool, I think the lifespan vs. healthspan discussion is still worth having. When I was working on my MSW, I was also completing a grad certificate in gerontology, so I was working with older adults quite a bit, including in a hospice setting. We saw so many cases of family members (understandably) wanting to extend life beyond the wishes of the patient. I think there is value in discussing what you personally would be willing to go through to live another day. Man, writing about this is making me miss hospice!
@annecara The only friend of mine who read it as a direct result of my suggestion (demand) came up to me after reading Bilquis' first appearance with an "Um?" but totally loved it by the end.
@beet hummus That's how I view money I get back after returning a purchase. That money was gone! This is entirely new, free money!
No estimate, just wanted to say that American Gods is my favorite book and I am forever trying to get my friends and family to read it, to the point that they then will not read it because they're all contrary jerks. Just kidding. Kind of.