@Mike Dang Interesting that Stumptown is doing AeroPress coffee - because it really does a convincing "fake" espresso. I bought an AeroPress for $25 as camping equipment a few years ago and discovered quickly that it makes the best coffee I've ever had at home. Basically it's a giant syringe designed so you push your hot water through your coffee and into the cup - so it's using your arm power (not hard, I just lean on the thing) instead of steam like a real espresso machine would. It's a GREAT alternative to a home espresso machine or coffee maker. Cheap. Super easy to clean too. I make Americanos or Flat Whites for breakfast every morning. Works great for Vietnamese style coffee too.
Yep. I was hired as a paid grad student intern at Sun Microsystems in 2005 (the dark ages!) via LinkedIn, which has directly lead to my current position, after being hired permanently by Sun when I graduated and then a corporate buy-out a few years ago. I get headhunter emails from big tech companies at least once a month, and 90% of the time they are for completely appropriate positions given my background.
@fake coffee snob Yup. I started with the full cost of the apartment, and then figured out what the per night rent would be, and then worked out an agreement on how many nights per week they wanted to sleep there and then rounded up a smidge to account for utilities. So, based on the $1100 rent, I'd do 550/30, which is $18 and change, round up to 20x16 if they intended to sleep there four nights a week. Rent would be $320-$400 depending on utilities, if I furnished the room or they did, etc.
We're right at 50% right now on a townhouse we bought in San Francisco Bay Area (nice part of Oakland, view of the bay). Boyfriend lost one of his contract gigs so things are feeling pretty tight right now, but we're fake-broke. There's plenty we could cut back on if we had to.
Another option that isn't Air BnB - Look for a part time roommate - I'd post on Craigslist or something - you're looking for someone who needs a room a few nights a week - they commute in from out of town for work during the week, or they have a significant other that they travel to see often. You get some income and a lot more alone time. I've done this twice and it worked out well both times. First one was when I was in grad school and she commuted from the town she lived in with her husband about a hundred miles south of school. She stayed with me Monday through Thursday. The other time it was somebody who wanted to be closer to the city on the weekends to see their friends. Both times it worked out great.
@Michelle Unfortunately it is really hard to get a decent pic of a black cat. So here is a random lady and cat on the interwebs - Bosco is about this big with super long, silky, black fur (seriously, the softest fur I've ever felt on a cat), with a white tuxedo patch on his chest and belly. He's started to mat up again, so he'll be getting another lion cut shortly, which is HILARIOUS. And then he feels like velvet when you pet him, and his undercoat color shows more and he's a deep charcoal gray. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aVd-jsqJ6CM/TZwDDHLxD-I/AAAAAAAAAXg/4ZwPehekG-I/s1600/main+coon.jpg
One of my cats disappeared like that when I'd only had him a few days. I lived in a studio apartment so there just were not that many places for him to disappear to. After a couple of hours of searching, harassing my neighbors, and crying hysterically, I opened the fridge to get a drink, and there he was, hanging out between the eggs and the cantaloupe. At 8 weeks he was an unidentifiable black rescue mutt kitty. At 10 years he has grown into a 24 pound mostly Maine Coon mutt. He still likes to hang out in the fridge. I had thought he was probably unhealthily chubby, but then last year I took him to get clipped for the summer for the very first time and discovered that he's actually quite slender under all that fuzz.
Credit cards first for two reasons - 1) likely higher interest 2) if he ends up super long term unemployed (an unfortunate possibility) and something happens to you or your income (also an unfortunate possibility) they can serve as your last ditch backup plan if you've got room to charge stuff.
@aetataureate As a hiring manager at a very large tech company I can say two things about hiring at a big company. 1. The keywords in your resume will get you the interview. If you need two pages to get all that stuff in, then do it. That's the stuff that gets you past HR. 2. If the top 3rd of the first page of your resume doesn't grab me, I move on to the next one. If I have to scroll to see why you're special, I'll never know. If I find myself scrolling to read more, that's the person I'll interview.
Wow. I graduated from USC 19 years ago and while that building is ridiculous (and there are a few more ridiculous ones) the article fails to point out that the neighborhood around USC is an absolute shithole. I was living in University owned housing at 28th and Hoover when the Rodney King riots happened and watched the neighborhood businesses burn to the ground and had national guardsmen question me about whether or not I owned the things I was moving from my house to my car in the following days. The vast majority of the student housing there is still pretty crappy and in quite dismal neighborhoods. People who can afford "college tours" are the targets of buildings like this, but they still aren't the norm.