@Katni @eatmoredumplings I'm a diehard East Coaster and I couldn't live in NYC either. For one thing it's simply too expensive. For another, there are so many things to do there that I'd probably develop a fatal case of fear of missing out. No, the right way to do the northeast is to live in a smaller city or town but keep a couple of friends in NYC who will let you crash with them when you feel like visiting.
This sounds like a good example of economic thinking gone wrong. "The drink you want is marked up more than the drink you don't want, so it makes more sense to buy the drink you don't want."
Connecticut does have Mystic Seaport, if you're into that sort of thing, which I am. In a bar (in Providence RI) a couple of years ago, I overheard one rich-looking guy telling another "I live in Old Lyme but I work in Old Saybrook," which I found utterly hilarious. Stereotypes come to life!
I'll be the killjoy who points out that this is definitely not the FIRST bookless library. They even have a Wikipedia page about them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookless_library
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@Allison Maybe not always … but a lot.
Does anyone reading this use Credit Karma? They keep asking me to "connect" my accounts. Would this involve giving them my card numbers or passwords? Is it safe? And would it improve the accuracy of the credit scores they give me, or have any advantage other than letting me use Credit Karma as yet another spending tracker?
On Amtrak Hacks
I ride Amtrak along the NE Corridor once every 1-3 months. My National Association of Rail Passengers membership paid for itself and saved me at least a hundred bucks last year, even though the discount doesn't apply to some trains. Plus: it's fun to say. NARP!
Hey, why does the "Two Person Streamline Kit" include THREE body warmers and THREE dust masks?
@haverwench For what it's worth, here's one idea I've heard for keeping warm in a winter power outage: pitch a freestanding tent inside your home. Put a few blankets on its floor and your sleeping bags on top of them, and you're all set.
The problem is more than just poor public transportation, it's the layout of our cities and suburbs. Most places in America were designed assuming everyone has access to a car. Thus we had planners thinking "it's okay to zone this four-square-mile subdivision as residential only, no stores" or "it's okay to put an eight-lane highway between this neighborhood and downtown" or "nah, we don't need sidewalks near this elementary school." Better layout would have made these places more livable even without good public transportation.