This is further confirmation that freelancing is not for me. I admire people who can do it, but I would turn into a procrastinating, self-loathing hermit. I mean, even more of one.
I was in this same situation in St Petersburg flying SAS to Amsterdam, having spent a year in Russia. I should have done what you did. Instead I paid up like a sucker, mostly because I panicked, and partly because I was already late, having been stuck in gridlock for an hour on the way there.
This all hangs on whether the dress in question reads "beachy" or "Diana Vreeland."
@stuffisthings Ugh, the ribbon. I miss Office 2003. Also, good advice.
There are 2 things stopping me from cycling: 1. I don't want to die or be knocked off. 2. Arriving to work sweaty and gross. A few commenters have shared how they deal with the sweat issue, but I would love to hear more about safety. Everyone I know who commutes via bike in my city has had some kind of accident, or been knocked off, at least once. As a driver, I am terrified of hitting a cyclist and I feel like I am endangering their lives when I overtake them, but also if I don't overtake them. Someone upthread suggesting going slowly, as the cyclist, to be safer, but as a driver I find it a little scary getting behind a slow cyclist, because if I can't overtake them, I can't go slow enough behind them.
UK, midsize city: £12 a week for transport on the local rail network, plus a £10 cab journey every other month or so ... let's call it £55 a month for me. This doesn't include occasional use of my husband's car, which is a very different story. Car insurance works out at £75 a month (including business cover), and petrol, I'm guessing £250.
Senior discounts are simply price targeting. If businesses thought that they would make more money in the long run by doing away with their senior discounts, they would do it.
I don't know if I'm disappointed or relieved to discover that going offline didn't end all of his bad habits. Good essay, though.
Thank you for this, fascinating! Sad to hear that opera is yet another one of those careers where you have to be rich. I love the opera and back when I had a steady job, would go to our national opera once or twice a year. Opera tickets are usually cheap -- so much more affordable than the West End/Broadway, or a major sporting event -- and I would really recommend the opera to anyone who wants to do something special, fun and different. Glyndebourne is not cheap, but I would recommend that, too.
Three and a half years later, we are still really happy with a sturdy metal Ikea bed (Lillesand - may be discontinued) and mid-range Ikea mattress. I think we spent £120 for a large bed (king?), £16 for the slats, and £85 for a spring mattress. Never had a problem with the slats moving.