On Is There a Class Component to Catcalls

There's a great retort to the "Hey lighten up, this is friendly" response. See "Relax, it's a compliment" here: http://alex-alvarez.tumblr.com/post/101234300328/relax-its-a-compliment

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm 0

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

Given that North Dakota's unemployment rate is a rather astounding 2.8% due to the oil and gas boom there, Fargo houses may just be catching up in price to that house in Connecticut. See Bloomberg article on the impact of the oil and gas boom on ND: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-25/north-dakota-oil-boom-brings-blight-with-growth-as-costs-soar.html "The move put pressure on an already tight housing market, where rents for a two-bedroom without utilities skyrocketed from $350 a month to $2,000. Some workers report paying $4,000 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Williston, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of the Canadian border."

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 10:59 am 0

On Change Bowl

We used to have a coin jar but now use our debit cards for nearly every purchase so there's no change around the house. We aren't charged a transaction fee for using our debit cards -- but our bank (TD in Canada) has a savings plan where you can essentially charge yourself a fee for each transaction (up to $5.00 per transaction) which is automatically transferred to a savings account. It's surprising how quickly our $0.50 per debit transaction adds up.

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm 1

On Working as a Mailman in Canada's Frozen North

@Mike Dang Thanks Mike. That's a great short.

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm 0

On Working as a Mailman in Canada's Frozen North

Forgot to ask -- who did the painting at the top of the article?

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm 1

On Working as a Mailman in Canada's Frozen North

I second what kellyography said. Fabulous writing.

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm 1

On Hot Tips for Your Summer Travels

Not sure how it is in the States (Canadian here) but if you buy something from a large store using your debit card you can get cash out at the same time for no fee. I do this all the time as my bank is about 20kms away but my grocery store is just down the street. If I need cash, I tag on the extra amount to my payment and receive it from the cashier.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm 0