Ten years ago, I was miserable in my personal life and desperate for a location change, so I left my safe but dull 54k job to move across the country for a campaign job paying 3k/month. It was the best move I ever made, both professionally (it led me to the job I have now) and personally (I met my husband on the campaign). Once the campaign ended, it took me six months to find a new job, and then another 18 months to work my way back to my old 50's salary. Things were tight for a bit, but more in the sense of 'I can't afford a fancy restaurant; let's go to Chipotle instead', rather than 'I can't pay my rent or buy health insurance'. So while I never regretted it, I was never really in dire straights either; I might have felt differently had I been without savings or the safety net of my parents, who threw me a few hundred bucks every month when I had no job. Funny enough, my husband and I are actually dealing again with this issue right now, as he's preparing to take a 15k cut to leave a corporate job he absolutely loathes. We have a mortgage and a kid now so the stakes are higher, but hopefully this job will be a much better fit and he won't come home depressed at the end of every day. If that happens, the $1000/mo difference will be absolutely worth it.
@LydiaBennett I too figured he was talking about Camp Trin! Glad to see it alluded to on my favorite website (though, like you, I never planned to move back after I left in 99).
@haveigotnews4u Apparently he has a "vertical scar below navel to penis."
Oh my God. I no longer smoke pot, but I might have to seek out some especially for this YouTube series. The Kesha song ("Stephen"!) playing in the background, the spaghetti he drains onto the floor, the recipes that take twice as long as they would take in real life, the lingering glances off-camera for no discernible reason. It's perfection.
Living with your parents sounds kind of fantastic, actually. Is there room for one more?
Mike Dang, it's your lucky day! Uber will deliver kittens for you to play with from 11-4 today. http://blog.uber.com/ICanHasUberKITTENS
My husband spent a summer interning at Delta, so I had flight benefits for three glorious months. I spent a fantastic week in Germany and Austria, and another strolling through England's Lake District and Wales. (Unfortunately for my husband, as an intern he wasn't given any days off, and so he mostly stayed home and fed the cats while I was off exploring. We did go together to Portland though, and he also took a solo long weekend trip to Buenos Aires, so don't feel too bad for him.) The icing on the cake is that you will usually fly business class, esp on international flights, as these are the seats that are most often unsold. Sometimes half of the section will be people whose family members work for the airline. At the end of my UK adventure, I spent a very anxious day pacing around Heathrow for ten hours before making it onto the last US flight of the day (which was to NY, not Atlanta, but I couldn't have cared less at that point). When I arrived to my schmancy business class seat, I was wrinkled and sweaty, in my last clean shirt - an overlarge tank top that showed the top of my bra if I wasn't careful. The flight attendant was suitably disdainful. Sadly, my husband hated the internship and didn't have any interest in applying for a permanent position. But it was a damn fine summer.
Ugh, Walmart is just...the worst. Always. And the most annoying part is that the City Council totally looks like it's going to fold to their bullshit. There was actually a petition started on Moveon yesterday - even if you don't live in DC, you should sign! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/hey-walmart-stop-trying.fb28?source=s.fb&r_by=8144483
Great article, but there's one thing nagging at me. You say you believe you were overtreated in your college town, but...what other responsible course of action is there for a young woman with a lump and a strong family history of cancer than to remove it, in all possible haste? Watch and wait makes sense in some contexts (and perhaps it's at least an option George Hamilton should have considered), but I can see why the first surgeon wanted to be absolutely sure with the initial lump, particularly since he could remove it without extensive physical trauma to you. Do you wish he had handled it differently, or did I misunderstand what you were trying to convey?
I have an iPhone 4s with Verizon; my plan includes 2 GB/month of data, 250 texts, and 450 minutes (all of which are usually enough, and there are options to temporarily boost your allotment for a few bucks on higher-use months). I get a 22% discount through Verizon's partnership with my employer, so my monthly bill is $73 (so I guess it would be in the low $90's without that discount?). Because I use the phone for work purposes, work reimburses me $50 a month - so my OOP cost is $23. I also keep a landline because I work from home, and have to do a ton of conference calls. It includes free long distance - I think all landlines do these days? (If only that'd been an option when I was in college and regularly racking up $200 monthly bills calling my boyfriend.). The total with taxes is about $46/month. My employer also covers this cost.