It's super bikable, it's got an amazing music scene, the summers are beautiful, and it's affordable enough that I was able to buy a house on my own. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I've also heard that it's hard to make friends as an adult here, but isn't that true everywhere?
Now I'm wondering what Ron would have done to keep his sister from getting pregnant.
Clawfoot tubs! I just redid my bathroom and was lucky enough to pick up one that someone was tossing out. A little sanding, a couple coats of "soft iron"-colored spray paint (with glossy white for the feet), and it is looking sharp. I'm living the dream! Affordably!
@sherlock Me too. In 15 years, I've taken my taxes to an accountant exactly once, on recommendation from friends who insisted I'd get more back that way. When I came to pick up the paperwork, he said, "I did them exactly the same way you did them last year. You should just keep doing them yourself." He charged me $150. I think he felt bad.
I live in Minneapolis and bike the four miles to work as long as the temperature is above freezing. I carry all my clothes in a messenger bag, but I also have a pair of kickass panniers if I need to haul more. I don't get helmet hair. (Pixie cuts FTW!) And I work in the creative department of an advertising agency, so no one cares if I look a little disheveled in the morning. (We all do.)
The water in my radiators is heated by gas. And this post just reminded me that there's no insulation (none) in the walls of my Minnesota house. I should probably do something about that.
I had no idea college interviews were so common. I applied and was accepted to three schools (two private and the Big Ten school I ended up attending) and never had to do one. Maybe I aimed low?
Jimmy John's made headlines here in Minneapolis a few years ago for illegal union-busting tactics. And you can easily find photos of their asshole CEO posing with all the animals he killed while on vacation in Africa. JJ's is bad news.
@cjm I've heard good things about eShakti too. A bunch of my friends have ordered customized, affordable dresses from them and loved the results.
I looked at one foreclosure while I was house hunting. There were still toys lying on the floor in the kids' bedrooms. Once you see that, it's hard to envision a place as your own.