On After I Go

Phew, at first I thought this was an announcement you were leaving the Billfold! Interesting stuff. I think about this only in the abstract, and not about specific details. I guess I should get on it.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I don't really have plans yet. I'm going to services tonight and I have half a mind to get dinner out somewhere cheap-ish after, say $15. Tomorrow night I'm going to a show. Cover should be free (boyfriend's band, and I feel like a dork saying I'm on the list every time), but I'll probably buy a beer ($5). Sunday I realllllly need to do laundry, so say $8 for that. And I want doughnuts and coffee, so that's another $6. If my math is right: $34 If I buy a pair of jeans I've been wanting, too: $73

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm 0

On Traveling Lighter

Mike Dang in Portland?! Be still my heart.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm 1

On Convenient Cooking, But at a Cost

For a fleeting, miserable second I thought this was going to be yet another gd post sponsored by Blue Apron. Thank you for not letting me down, Mike Dang.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm 3

On Billfold Housing Survey: What Is Your Dream House?

I didn’t find any of the answers for my “dream house” really in line with what my dream house is. I suppose I should have answered other, but instead I went with a rambling home. This is meant as friendly constructive criticism and not as a jab: Overall, I sort of wish this survey had been designed to be a bit more subjective and less reflective of its author’s specific writing style/tone. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this feature for the week and the real estate theme for the month in general.

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0

On Paying to Belong

I have recently found myself wanting to join a synagogue. The one I like in the town where I live has very reasonable dues for someone my age, but they require all members to pledge thousands of dollars to a building fund, which is not reasonable for me. (They might also be willing to waive it, but I haven't asked.) They did let me pay a nominal chai to attend High Holiday services this year, which I appreciated.

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm 0

On Transitional Furniture

I think I had one. The easiest move of my life was when I moved to Atlanta for graduate school and bought all of the furniture that came with my apartment (basically everything, including a bed, table, coffee table, futon, dishes, printer, etc. etc. etc.) for, I think, $500. Pretty sure the table was a Lack. I like Ikea for the most part. Buying and loading in my car a bookshelf all by myself was a huge win for me. (I did not assemble it. I have zero spatial/motor skills wahwah.)

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm 0

On Uber and PDX: A Not-Exactly-Love Story

I can't use Uber (no smart phone), so I don't have much of a horse in this race, but the city's response sounds EXACTLY like the conversation surrounding Airbnb six months ago. I'm thinking PDX just needs to see some of that Uber $$. Airbnb moved some of its operations up to Portland, and suddenly that relationship blossomed.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 am 0

On Airbnb: Bad For New York, Great For Me

I swear I am not trying to dissuade you, but do look into the many articles about Portland's ready-to-blow rental and housing market. I am sure it seems affordable compared to Brooklyn, but the market for both rental and housing stock is super, super tight and it's only going to get worse. That three bedroom house was probably gone in five minutes, and probably someone offered above the asking rent. (And Airbnb isn't just bad for New York, it's bad for Portland. I've used it myself, but I do always feel uncomfortable about it. http://www.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2014/10/07/coming-tomorrow-mayors-office-sets-proposed-rules-for-airbnbs-expansion-to-apartments-condos)

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm 0

On Put Us In Your Inbox!

While we're on the subject of stuff readers want, have you thought of doing a reader survey? I'd be fascinated to see summary stats on what readers earn, what they have in savings, debt, industry (maybe?), etc.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm 4