Fascinating! Your blog is great, looking forward to following along with your adventures!
Congrats and have fun on the trip!
I am really bad about wearing my contacts for way too long, probably six to eight weeks. (Oops!) But I'm pretty good about only wearing them for 10-ish hours per day. Usually. I have very minimal vision benefits--$300 over two years, and I have to pay out-of-pocket, then get reimbursed. I should go for a vision exam soon, but it's my least favorite checkup so I always put it off.
I live in (and do not love) Portland, OR and there's been a lot of talk of the impending earthquake here, too. My boyfriend's plan is for us to hike east to the forest and live off the land (I really hope he's joking). My plan is to somehow (car? plane? haha yeah right) get back to the east coast and finally have made my departure from Portlandia. We have no emergency supplies, but it's something I think about.
Sounds like a scam, dude. I definitely wouldn't have given him anything, but I'm not surprised to hear you're a nicer/more generous/less skeptical person than I am.
I didn't do an estimate but I had a very light spending weekend because I was a hermit for most of the weekend. I spent $3.50 on soy creamer for iced coffee, and $6 for a beer and tip at a show. That's it. $9.50.
I know several people who are pharmacists or in school for it right now. Does seem like a pretty good gig as far as pay and job stability/availability, but I do think many young pharmacists get stuck working overnights at 24 hour pharmacies. One of my friends posts CRAZY updates about things she experiences during her overnight shifts.
I've been thinking about this lately. My boyfriend and I each make not a ton of money, and our finances are separate (though we split rent, bills, etc.) He ordered a computer recently and they sent him the completely wrong one, then charged him $10 for return shipping. He did try to call, they said they wouldn't cover it, and he gave up. I would continue to call for the ten bucks--partly as part of the principle of the matter. For him, it's not worth it. Anyway, congrats on being rich, Mike Dang.
I'm a lady vegan. Not sure how much I save being vegan versus eating meat. I never paid for groceries myself when I last ate meat (age 11). Mostly here to say that male vegans are the WORST. Nine times out of ten, jerks.
I've stayed at Airbnb's twice and had mixed experiences. A couple I stayed with in San Francisco also told me their rent, which made it easy for me to calculate what I paid per night times 30 (they said they had someone literally every night) and find that they were making more than their rent from Airbnb. I think it's pretty tacky to tell someone you are hosting what you pay in rent, but whatever. I had a good experience staying in an Airbnb in Copenhagen last month, though I think the guy that supposedly lives there does not in fact live there or maybe even in CPH. When looking for a broom, we found the many, many, many, many bags of laundry in a secret hallway and it will haunt me forever. If my place was cuter and I wasn't worried about my landlord finding out, I would probably consider listing it, but overall Airbnb kind of bums me out.