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.
@HelloTheFuture Yes! I love reading these, but the thing that I love about the Billfold is that the website as a whole (hi Mike!) is pretty clear eyed about cost (including opportunity costs), and this is....not.
I feel like a jerk for pointing this out, but I'm having trouble figuring out how Mary Anne could be a vice president of a construction company by 32. VP's (even for the small firms) usually require about 10-15 years of experience managing construction projects as well as a degree (at least 2 years) in business management. Given that it takes about 5 years after getting out of school to manage projects, this means she has to be starting out in the industry at about 17. Also, how did they pay for her education? It's statistically unlikely that she became a VP without any kind of post-secondary education (particularly if she is making 6 figures) and that's going to make a difference in what happens with their money. Signed, Architect At Least 15 Years Away From A Vice President At 35.