The only category that outspends food & coffee for me is booze. I could have a retirement fund if I went sober.
I shared a room with my brother until I was 8 and he was 12- and it was the midwest, so no fault of city planning. I threw a fit when we got our own rooms- I was afraid of sleeping in an empty room!
I am of two minds about this. On one hand, I truly hate the car rental's "credit cards only" policy. Everyone here justifies it through the typical logic, but I can rent a car with a credit card with a $500 limit and cannot with a debit card with thousands of dollars in checking. That is stupid. Yes, credit cards come with insurance for rentals, but the car companies also constantly try to up-sell you insurance policies that would void the card-based insurance, so this cannot be the justification. Car rental companies clearly make a killing, and do not "need" to require credit cards to prevent a kind of fraud that can be prevented by other means. On the other hand, I have also known that you had to have a credit card to rent a car since I was in early college. This is why I have them. I a little baffled by the fact that people have no idea these policies exist.
@deepomega I was not actually arguing for this as something workable! Just that the logic seems conceivable as something other than fraud. I imagine the non-fraud advantage to that policy, for example, would be to avoid having regular meetings of a volunteer staff, and to assume every board member could be trusted to make reasonable decisions. I am not saying this is a good idea, just that it seems like a plausible one that could exist. Especially if an organization found itself worried about having a high ratio of administrative to non-administrative costs.
While much of this seems troubling, I wanted to note that it does not surprise me that an activist-started organization would choose to given everyone the ability to make spending decisions, rather than assuming all organizations need one person at the top with the most responsibility. While the latter may be the norm, it should not necessarily be taken for granted.
I had no idea about the exact dates! I changed mine to year only to make it less cluttered, but I guess I should fix that.
I think it really depends on the kind of life you lead as much as the pay. For example, you can live really well in Brooklyn on like 30-40K if you have roommates, no dependents, no large monthly debt payments, and no real desire to accumulate savings. But if you are working 40 hours a week with an hour commute each way, you might quickly forget why you bothered to move to New York. Some friends are working 60+ hours a week in "non-profit type" careers, and the ones who are homebodies start to hate the city, whereas those who truly want to go to some event 6 nights a week cannot imagine leaving. Artists have a different time of it, because the reasons for being here are sometimes clearer: this is where the people they want to talk to about writing/painting/dance/theater etc are doing it, ergo it makes sense that they're hustling. But if the hustle means you quit writing, again, the existential crisis sets in.
@Lily Rowan I have been thinking about this recently myself. I researched the schools I went through K-12, and while some of them were fine (48/100 by Indiana state average), my elementary school in particular was dismal (18/100). As a young white girl with high test scores and a mother who was a teacher, I know I was simply given all the opportunities that existed in these schools, plus countless hours of parental support.
Bed Bath and Beyond is my least favorite place in the city barring the Target at the Atlantic Mall. I would pay like $20 to not go there.
I wake up at some normal time and write amazing sentences while drinking coffee someone else made, forever. I do this at a cat sanctuary in a nice city, and I ride my bicycle every day after I write. I sometimes forget to meet these goals, but only because my sex life is so overwhelmingly good, or because I am having a strange dream. No one I love ever dies or suffers pointlessly. Capitalism has ended.