@angry little raincloud I am, however, incredibly lucky to have such amazing friends and roommates. I tell them that all the time.
@angry little raincloud I get that. But what I was trying to say, and still believe, is that low rent is not just a chance thing I came across. It is a lifestyle choice. Here, if you don't believe me, check out this craigslist post for an apt much like mine. Its further north than most people go, but I'm in a wonderful neighborhood: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/fee/3566547185.html
@angry little raincloud Hi. Um. Person over here who works too hard for this would like to speak up. Not having student loans has little to do with luck in my case. I went to a college that I could afford, took out minimal loans 5k/yr. paid down the principle while I was in school, and just finished them all a few months ago. I'm lucky to have parents who have me guidance and to have a job. Thanks, though.
@josefinastrummer the car is tricky, and I hate having it. I don't use it ever, really. But I park on the street for free, and pay $50/mo. In insurance. I do it mostly for sentimental reasons, and realize that it has absolutely no practical value to me. I need to get over this. And no, my apartment is not a cesspool. And yes, I live with two other people, who are some of my best friends in the world. It is an idyllic situation that I basically stumbled into. I am indeed very lucky, but not because somebody with no knowledge of my situation thinks so.
@angry little raincloud I'm lucky for a lot of things in my life. Which do you want me to recognize publically for you?
@cryptolect I just want to direct you to my comment below in response to this.
I just want to say that I live in Manhattan on a salary of $25k a year, and feel middle class. I have a car, I eat out a couple of times a week, and I go out on weekends. I can afford to take vacations here and there. This seems like Im living pretty fucking comfortably in the middle class. So how do I do it? No student loans and an incredible apartment. I pay $630/mo. And live in manhattan. Yeah, you heard me right. No, I don't have a doorman and yes I live with roommates, but it works perfectly for us. So no, the rent is not necessarily too damn high.
As a person who works in a coffee shop, I just want to say that people get undercharged for things all the time. And it's totally okay. We even do it on purpose sometimes because its just not a big deal. So be nice to your barista and have faith that the universe will balance out. Remember, though, that we don't make a lot of money either, and so we understand that it sucks to get overcharged. If I overcharge you, I'll gladly fix it. If you let it slide and are a regular, I'll probably secretly reward you for it later. Really, it makes zero difference to me. It only really inconveniences other people who might be waiting. Either way, my time is spoken for already.