I bike to work! I'm in Seattle, which works pretty hard to be bike friendly, and my building has showers & bike storage in the loading dock level. It's about 7 miles each way with a large hill in the middle of my commute, so I bring a full change of clothes and do hair & makeup when I get to the office. I cycled to work in Vancouver too, but there were no showers so I would change in a toilet cubicle and do my hair & makeup in the bathroom. It wasn't so bad, except for that one time I dropped my clothes-bag in the toilet. I try to bike all year around because I don't like the bus and don't have a car, so I have leggings & gloves and a fleece liner for my helmet.
I'm SO invested in Meaghan finding a lower cost city so she can keep living this amazing life she's described. Can you do a post of cost comparisons for different cities? Apparently Bellingham in Washington is a pretty cheap place to live, but the internet is *terrible*.
I'm from Canada and live in the US, and as much as I like to complain about our system, it is BY FAR simpler, cheaper and more effective than the US system. Sure, it might take a couple of weeks to see a specialist in Canada, but in the US it takes that long to sort out payment details. Time is equal, and cost? Not so much.
@gyip: THIS. The longer I live in the States the more horrified I am by the medical system. Even EXPLAINING how health care works in Canada makes me feel like a jerk, because the US system is incredibly and horrible messed up.
I commute by bike about 6 miles each way and listen to books on tape. I go over one large hill, and the climb is made 100% worthwhile when I can pass buses and cars (safely in the bike lane) on the way back down said hill.
@honey cowl I KNOW, right? If I could get a modest house in a modest neighbourhood for $1600, I would faint (right after signing the lease). Seattle is expensive!
@andnowlights I absolutely agree that there will be no Social Security when I want to retire (born 1979). That said, I don't mind paying it because otherwise there are a lot of seniors who won't be able to get by. Losing a little from each paycheque is FAR better than seeing homeless seniors, even if some folks take advantage of the program.
I spent my 20's at university: 4 year arts degree, 3 year masters degree, and three years working there. I'm turning 35 at the end of the month and it's been SUCH a relief having a regular job and life! Although I can't describe it as a career shift, it's been such a change in lifestyle I feel like a different person now.
If her grandparents have a house in the Hamptons, doesn't it seem likely that they might have some financial impact on her life?
@siege91 I also live in Seattle, and it sounds like we use the same service. I'd much prefer to go to a store, because I like to follow the law whenever practical, but right now there's nothing close/we don't need anything.