@TARDIStime My first thought, too, was that people usually upgrade after two years anyway. But not always, I guess.
@navigateher I've found cell/mobile plans and phones to be *way* more expensive in the US. And it took people in the US forever to start texting, so for a long time you had to pay a lot for SMS.
What I find appalling is that her school never said to her, hey, do what you want but know that the career in xyz teaching field is very difficult. People should (often) do what they love, but with a reasonable outlook on the possibilities!
@themegnapkin You don't even have to be cynical about it - your priorities can change as you get older. I think about retirement (that I may never be able to afford) as perchance a time to do all the fun things my kids prevent me from doing now. My mom will retire soon and wants to spend a lot of time grandmothering, for example.
I have been in the write-for-free world and I am now in the write-for-pay world. I think what we're missing from the discussion here is that although write-for-free is commonly put forward as a way to invest in your career as a young/beginning writer, this only has value if you eventually get to write-for-pay. But since writing and journalism still has cachet as a status profession there's an enormous cohort always coming up behind you, hungry for exposure. Only a few of you/them/us is going to make it to the top of the heap, where you can make a living. We're all like Vogue interns or drug dealers (per Freakonomics). With that debacle of the Atlantic online editor asking a professional journalist to adapt his previously published article for the Atlantic, for free, I feel like the gasp of despair heard round the Twitterverse was rooted in fear, really.
I'm going to post a slightly dissenting opinion here. While I think it's a good point Michael makes that some of these knee-jerk reactions he had to chains aren't about the business per se, but about the "uncool" factor, I don't really agree with the idea that just because you don't know if your local artisan is a jerk, you can't condemn large-scale and unsustainable business practices. Which, frankly, go pretty much hand in hand with scaling up. Also, chain/not-chain may be a false distinction. As people pointed out in the comments, a small local chain is not the same as a franchise is not the same as a national mega-chain.
The last interview (the asylum seeker) was so sad.
I may or may not occasionally spend my "emergency" twenty - but what is worse, I *forget* about it. Which is why I've stopped. It frightens me to think there may be twenties in strange places in all my bags.
@aetataureate I agree. I appreciate the financial/psychological position Logan is writing from and what it means to the site, but sometimes I've felt her posts can be a bit thin (the "cost of logos" post, for example) or just a reiteration of "I want stuff but I'm broke." But this really shows *why* a site about money needs a writer with no money!
I know! Who would think reading money talk would make me end up with a little sniffle.