I fly Pittsburgh to/from Denver a lot, and love that I have a larger-than-life Franco Harris statue on one end and an evil blue stallion with glowing red eyes on the other.
I was trying to write something about how much we'll miss you and it kept coming out like a generic card for a departing coworker. I'll miss your voice here so much more than that!
@vanderlyn I totally did not know this was a thing! Mind blown!
@dromeda I totally agree with the probability of finding like-minded people in an area with more people to begin with, particularly when an area has similar demographics/politics. I guess my point is that it seems like a disservice to the many, many people who are not able/do not want to live in megacities to frame it as an either/or issue between having a fun active life in a megacity or a sad, isolated life elsewhere. When Esther writes "Of course, it’ll only work if my compatriots stick it out too," it feels like that old "living in the suburbs/anywhere but NYC/LA/Seattle is selling out" trope. And that could 100% be my reading and not Esther's intention at all.
@Derbel McDillet Also, we've been telling smart kids for generations that suburbs and rural areas are OK for "normals" but that bright kids need to go to the megacity to really live. It seems natural that that narrative is being questioned.
I don't know, man. I live in a pretty rural area and have awesome friends within walking distance, in addition to the" fight the corporate overlords" benefit of being able to grow a good bit of food. Yeah, socialization looks different than it does in the city (we might meet at a bonfire instead of a bar), but that doesn't make it less valid. I think there are increasingly vibrant suburbs, too, now that more and more folks are priced out of the mega cities.
I love how candid the interviewee is here. It's always eye-opening to get a behind-the-scenes look at careers. It also really helps me fight the "Look at that person, they've got everything figured out, what am I doing?" feeling.
@OllyOlly Yes! How you work can be so much more important in the day to day than the subject or mission.
@Punk-assBookJockey The customer service aspect is so present in a lot of careers that it's really a shame there isn't more focus on it at universities. People hear "customer service" and automatically think "call center," when really, customer service can be hugely important in even very high level positions.
I have feeeelings about this. I’ve worked in childcare and yes, the pay was terrible and there were zero benefits. The tough thing (at least where I worked), is that the parents were also fast food workers, or grocery store clerks, or vet techs who were already just barely able to pay for childcare. And the owners of the facility (again, in my experience) did not appear to be profiting wildly either. The mandated ratio of caregiver to infants is something like 1:4 (of course it goes up as the age of the child goes up), so it barely works out for a facility to keep the lights on, pay liability insurance, and pay workers. It seems like the only possible solution is public childcare similar to public schools.