@joyballz And now there's this article! I really need to find me one of these, and it seems like they may be Coming Back?
@Bill Fostex Your cat may literally be the best cat ever.
@stuffisthings I CARE! I need to go to one of those things. But then I remembered reading that piece on the Awl, and decided I have enough information on that.
@stuffisthings Right. I mean, when I paid $500/month for rent and was making $20K/year, it was tough. Much easier when both of those numbers doubled.
As of today, I pay 40% of my take-home on rent. (But my take-home is artificially depressed because of excessive tax withholding.) That's going to go up to 44% in August. But I have virtually zero transportation costs, etc.
@stuffisthings But is that net or gross income? I've paid much closer to half of my take-home in rent for many years, because I want to live in certain places. The thing is, how much the other half is makes a huge difference!
The thing about having additional friends with money is interesting to me, because when I went off to a fancy college, I thought I would make rich friends, and I totally didn't. All of the good friends I made had financial aid, to varying levels, so we all worked, and worried about taking cabs, and etc. (Although we definitely came from different places and pretty different actual financial situations.) I think it's just easier to be with people in the same financial situation.
@Emily O'Neill@twitter Yeah, I was just listening to David Sedaris talk about how he never wanted a desk job, because then he wouldn't want to sit at a desk after work to write.
@stuffisthings Well, Maya Angelou, right?
@katiekate At least this author doesn't sound resentful -- more wistful. But seriously, how many people make a living from poetry? Ten?