@Mike Dang I hope that picture is now on your fridge or otherwise displayed in your kitchen...meta.
Mike you're just going to drop that Gumbel gem and not follow through? We need more information! Did you meet the Gumbel?! Re:unoccupied apartments, me and/or my partner are often away for long stretches- he's currently away for 9 months and I'll be joining him for 6 weeks in late fall and hopefully for longer this winter- and paying rent (and heat!) on our empty place sucks. But so would having to store and move our stuff to a new place every time we come 'home'...
@apples and oranges are you sure it would be more expensive? I had a brick phone for years- no data and terrrrible reception- until friends asked if I wanted to get on their family plan. I now pay considerably less for a lot better service. (This makes it sound like I work for Verizn or something. I swear I don't!)
@EM Cosigned (but as someone who grew up in Canada, now lives in the US, and desperately wants to go back to Canada before even contemplating undergoing such costly medical procedures as, y'know, giving birth- something a friend here in the US will be paying at least $10,000 to do, despite having 'good' insurance!!)
@boogers mcgee Ditto. Although your screen name would suggest snot doesn't bother you all that much...
Ugh, timely. I have about 9 months left on my F1 student visa and while I'm hopeful about the possibility of getting an employment-related visa after my studies (or moving to a country where I won't need one!) the marriage-as-path-to-green-card route seems increasingly like a possibility. Except that, like J, I don't really want to get married... ever. And the idea that I might one day have to do so in order to appease the US government really bums me out :( Bureaucracy!
I don't think any of my grandparents graduated from highschool (my dad's dad went to work at age 11, after his own dad died) and all of their children (8 between them) have graduate degrees. Baby boomers! For most part the subsequent generation (i.e. me and my siblings and cousins) also have post-graduate degrees (a lawyer, a couple of PhDs, some Masters degrees) except for the kids of richest one, who didn't bother to go to university. Go figure...
As a vegetarian for the last 20 years I would like to voice the highly controversial opinion that the Chicago Diner is awful. A vegan restaurant that doesn't focus on vegetables but instead tries to imitate meat (and does so poorly IMO) has somehow managed to usurp the title of 'best Chicago vegetarian restaurant' that should belong to Mana, Green Zebra, or any one of the Karyn's...//end rant
@Derbel McDillet And TV! When I was really little (<10) the TV was up in the attic and you had to decide which *one* show you wanted to watch (although I seem to remember watching my sister and brother's show with them too, so maybe 3 shows?) Now the TV is on any time I'm home (mostly for background noise, but still).
I'm now a very sensible adult and only have the occasional can with pizza or something equally appropriate.