@WaityKatie However, the alleged point of a unpaid internship is that an intern is learning about the industry, building experience and connections, possibly getting college credit, heavily supervised/mentored and not taking a paying job away from a qualified adult. Way too many of these "interns" are either doing work that should come with an actual salary, or being conscripted into doing stuff that has nothing to do with learning about their chosen field. It's exploitation and it's wrong, no matter how eager the participants. And given the current unemployment rate, I'm guessing there aren't as many "boring desk jobs" some of these young people could be doing instead as you think.
@E$ I think that boss and intern are in a state where it is legal to grow weed for medical purposes, and the jerk boss was no doubt selling it to a dispensery. However, having an intern work all night for free on your property doing labor that has nothing to do with his/her internship really ought to be illegal.
@Sallymander You know, even people who aren't working minimum wage jobs have a very hard time making ends meet after paying for child care. It's not so much about family planning -- your assumption that these young people didn't know they didn't have to have their daughter is a little obnoxious -- as about how little help is available to working parents at all income levels.
You sound so happy and focused, yay! If we're voting, I vote option C -- not only will it provide the most interesting life change, it's probably the one that will most quickly get you both working and involved in a community, since you are fluent Spanish-speakers and you have a TEFL degree.
So pretty, and yet...If they have a view of Gowanus Houses, chances are that bathtub fills up with toxic black goo from the canal, bubbling up through the drain, whenever it rains a lot.
However -- and this is a 'however' that applies to pretty much all arts organizations -- if there are administrators earning six-figure salaries within an organization that claims to be unable to pay a living wage to those creating the art ("the product," if you will), there's something wrong with the institution, no?
And Ryan grew up to become a cop and "give back" on the mean streets from which he was casually semi-adopted! (All basic cable series run together in my mind...)
I play guitar and the banjo is a total mystery to me (stringed drum?! What?!) but I think this worked out in your favor, if you bought lighter new strings for your instrument than it was wearing. Changing the string gauge on a guitar is best accomplished by a luthier who will do a set up on the instument with the new strings. Don't know if banjos work the same way.
@Mae Exactly! Until the GOP stops kowtowing to its (racist, homophobic) far right wing, there is pretty much no way for anyone to vote Republican and not be signing on to take away someone else's civil liberties somewhere.