@TheLifestyleCreep No!! I fought with whether this is worth $750 for a couple (!!) and eventually decided yes, it was. I guess others felt similarly.
I was in a Boston-New York relationship for about a year after college that involved taking the Megabus about twice a month. It really wasn't terrible, and I tended to buy a bunch of tickets as soon as they went on sale, so I got a lot of tickets for $1 or $5. It was definitely worth it at the time, given my itty bitty salary. (But yeah, once that ended, I swore to never take a long-distance bus ever again.)
@Beans I know some of these people/have been this person! In my experience they fall into three categories: 1) people who buy clothes they have no occasion to wear because maybe if they buy a fancy cocktail dress they will magically get invited to fancy cocktail parties 2) people who buy clothes they can't fit into because they are definitely going to lose ten pounds soon and then they will fit and 3) people who receive clothes as gifts and don't want to return them.
I can't imagine that the people who feel the need to order quarters online will also go to laundromats that require quarters instead of refillable cards. This must be a joke, right? (Please tell me this is a joke.)
@wrappedupinbooks This works until you suddenly have service issues in Penn Station and the person who checks your tickets at the top of the escalator absolutely will not let you pass and so you have to go to the kiosk anyway and then you miss your train and have to pay a zillion dollars for the Acela. Never again.
@Jake Reinhardt Madrid has great and relatively inexpensive public transit, though, and lots of the people with vehicles have motorcycles or scooters, not cars. My sense is that it will affect the poor much less than it would in the US.
Loved this piece, and I'm excited to read this series!
@uncleezno I wouldn't paint the South and Midwest with such a broad brush? Atlanta is pretty far from where you want to be, and it has some issues (terrible transit!), but it's very diverse/liberal/liveable. And the Midwest has Chicago... Also, Providence is small, yes, but cost of living is very low, it has great connections to Boston and New York, and it's a fun, diverse, and culturally vibrant city.
@Josh Michtom@facebook Yes, this is very true! I'd say the nightclub example falls pretty squarely in the "necessary but not sufficient" category, for example. In my industry, it might be less important to actually have the lovely brownstone/constant brunches/silk blouses to have a certain comfort level with them (the dread cultural fit.) I'm doing pretty ok in a quiet part of Queens and an H&M blazer--but the pull of those cultural markers is very strong. And amusingly, I'm dating a lefty public interest law student who's encountering the same issues you did. She's doing the unpaid gigs and just taking out additional loans, which though her overall debt burden is low is still a big and scary gamble--even in the best possible scenario, it's not like she'll be raking in the cash after graduation.