Anthem Blue Cross discontinued our old insurance plan, so we had to shop for a plan under the new regime. None of the new plans allowed us to keep our GP, my wife's OB/Gyn, and my son's pediatrician. Only 1 plan at near the price point of our old plan will let us keep 2 of the 3. Loser: My son, who had to switch to a new pediatrician. Loser: My wife, as it turns out, also had to find a new OB/Gyn. We initially thought her doctor would accept the new plan, but we were misinformed. Loser: My family, since our deductible went from $1000 to $2500.
@pengu1n @pengu1n "I do wonder, as an honest-to-goodness serious question: Is this site actually targeted toward 20-something New Yorkers" Well, with $50k income and 20% down, you can afford a mortgage of $375k. With $375k, you can buy the median house everywhere in the USA except CA, HI, and NY. (Boston's median house clocks in at $375.9k.) These kinds of articles pretty much has to be written by someone trying to buy in NY or CA. It's funny how this site never talks about what a great time this is to buy a house because of the low mortgage rate. When I bought my first house in 1990, the average mortgage interest rate was 10%. That means the same $375k house would have a monthly mortgage payment of almost $3k, and you'd need an income of $108k to qualify for that mortgage. Looking at it another way, with an income of $50k, you'd qualify for a loan of $150k. With 20% down, that's $180k of house. So you should buy now, with interest rate near historic lows. As the interest rate goes up, you will lose purchase power, and you will never be able to afford the house you can now.
Oh I don't know. Say it's your 15th wedding anniversary. You're taking a weekend in Napa, and you've talked about dinner at the French Laundry since forever. Let's say a reservation is almost impossible, and has been for probably the last 20 years. If a guy says, "Hey buddy, how about a dinner reservation on the night you want, at the time you want, for $200?", would you go for it? I would.
@PrescriptionPants "Which is crazy because it basically guarantees social security will go bankrupt long before my generation retires." Not really. Remember, your Social Security benefits are based on your income. When they cap the payments at $117k, they also cap the benefits to that income level when you retire. You stop paying the tax, but you also stop collecting the benefit. In fact, in the sense that people generally collect more Social Security payments than they actually pay into the system, it's probably good for the bottom line that they cap the tax (and hence the benefits). Expect the cap to go away when people stop making money on Social Security.
"I want my students to be creative problem solvers, leaders who think for themselves, critical thinkers willing and able to challenge authority." Well, don't we all. However, does the author really mean to imply that a quiet person cannot be creative or think for themselves? Then she throws out another wonderful claim. "The students who struggle in college are almost always the quiet ones." Really? Even if true, surely the author realizes that the logic fallacy she is trying to sneak by us. That most struggling students are quiet does not mean that all (or even most) quiet students struggle. BTW, she and I probably both know Jeff Hollingsworth in common. Jeff wasn't a wallflower in college, but he wasn't particularly loud or outspoken either. Mostly he kept his head down and did his work. And even the author would agree that he turned out to be a decent computer scientist.
Perhaps they just tend to get noticed when they are living in CA or NY. "Full many a gem of purest ray serene, The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear: Full many a flow'r is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air. Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast The little tyrant of his fields withstood; Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest, Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood. "
I used to have to make semi-annual visits to Bangalore. Miserable trips, but I loved the visits to the golgappa vendor. I never got sick from food in India either, but I am probably used to food just as unsanitary when I grew up in Hong Kong.
"why would you do it without a guarantee that the person for whom you are trading your career stability can’t simply walk away?" No fault divorce? There's never a guarantee.
@Meaghan O'Connell "Worth it?" It wasn't a lot of money, and it worth the convenience.
@kellyography Well, hers is not a daily commute. When I had my house staged, I saw the stager exactly 3 times: the initial interview, the set up, and the tear down. For those 3 visits plus her furniture and expertise, I was charged $6k. That's an average of $2k per visit.