I really like the beach, but I understand all these objections to it. When I was a kid my mom never took us, probably because it took forever to get all of us ready and would mean so much prep and mess and outdoor bathrooms and so on. Now I am lucky enough just to drag me, myself and I there whenever I want, but sometimes I still don't want to go because I don't want to spend all that time schlepping and applying sunscreen, etc.
About $200 with tip at Topolobampo (a Rick Bayless joint) in Chicago. It was for my boyfriend's birthday and I thought my meal was too expensive for what it was, but he was OVER THE MOON happy so I consider it money well spent.
I think this is super cool, but the only museum I would pay that much to spend the night in is the Museum of Modern Art. It's been my favorite museum forever, and I would console myself by thinking that this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance despite all evidence to the contrary. So, MoMA: Put it in your membership offers.
Waterfire is still a thing!
I've only had positive experiences on Bolt Bus, aside from the traffic one would expect into and out of cities. I also like their Southwest-style group boarding. They're slightly more than $30 now, though. I have heard plenty of the Megabus horror stories, although the one time I took it, it was an uneventful trip. I would rather take the train almost all of the time, but it's so pricey -- I'm assuming that's one reason these bus companies sprung up in the first place.
@Caitlin with a C If you've taken Greyhound out of the Port Authority I'm surprised you have anything positive to say about them. We were never in a wreck, but I remember waiting HOURS for the bus on multiple occasions because the bus time I bought my ticket for didn't matter (so they told me), I just had to wait with everyone else heading south. I would again if I had to, but it wasn't worth it.
Most of my side hustles have come through people I worked with, who wouldn't have been able to give me a JOB but could toss some limited work my way. Stay in touch with these people casually, so they think of you when they have something that needs getting done.
@garli I think because it would explain a 2-year gap in a resume or a 2-year gap in college education (since missions are sometimes taken during college). I worked at a religious center during college, but I wasn't the religion of the place where I worked. This was seen as a bonus because I could work on holidays when the celebrants were celebrating (and no one felt morally compromised). I don't know if it ever affected my job opportunities later, but I guess it's too late now to worry about it!
A++++ image choice. Sounds like a great trip! Traveling alone can be more pricey, but also more fun.
@eatmoredumplings @Trilby Also, the denial letter didn't say "We couldn't approve this because we didn't get the right paperwork from the hospital" or "Because bureaucracy," it said "not medically necessary." A friend of mine lost a baby last year (a really hard, sad, terrible thing) and her insurance company is still sending paperwork in that baby's name. Sure, it's just an accident or a policy, but it's also immensely hurtful. Part of customer service in health care is recognizing that these are sensitive issues. Sending a "not medically necessary" letter to the spouse of a sick man is really insensitive.