Mike- You should totally see Sleepwalk With Me! It's worth the $13. As for weekend expenditures, this weekend was pretty good. Saturday: $20 on a going away dinner at Pulino's for a friend Sunday: $3.50 for my Sunday latte (La Colombe, I Love You), $7.75 at Duane Reade for odds and ends Total: $31.25, friendship (and lattes): priceless
Thank you for bringing the best tag ever into my life, Logan. #butreallyhowdowemeetthesewealthierpeople
@angry little raincloud Fellow museum nerds! I'm coming from the same perspective (big NYC museo), and it's really interesting to see how philosophies differ museum to museum. I work in Development, so they definitely have their own POV with regard to cultivation - clearly multiple visits are better than one and membership even better! - but my friends in education don't so much care if they see the same faces, just as long as they have the bodies / can give someone(/ school kids)a great experience. I also have always been interested in how special events works because they get funding from all across the spectrum (corporate events, concerts, annual gala). So, yeah: it all goes back to they want money, and if you want to give it, yay!, if you don't - they'll probably survive. But I think you're right that ticket revenue to the smaller ones makes a difference (unless you're like the little NMAI in Bowling Green which is a Smithsonian institution).
I feel you, Logan. I feel you.
@angry little raincloud Yeah one of the perks of working at a museum (which I do) is professional courtesy - I haven't paid to go to a museum anywhere in the country in a while (this was especially valuable as an unpaid intern/college student with papers to write). However, to make up for not meeting specific funding goals, museums do rely on visitors to pick up some of the slack. Like any business, you look to get money where you can, the only thing is museums are not-for-profit, so that's why they put the gift shop right at the entrance/exit (and I have to say, I'm a sucker for a branded pen)and have cafes. But I understand why many people feel like they can't appreciate art/science exhibitions when there are a bunch of children running around. I'm British - where all of our museums are free - so I find I actually experience this more in London than anywhere else. ("Edutainment" is big in parenting circles in NYC, at least.) But seriously, museums are wonderful and it's fine if you opt out of donating a few times, but I think of it like public radio - if you use it, and like it, show your appreciation in the small ways (like buying pens or drinks).
@Kyle Chayka@facebook I probably could make it work, but I've realized I'd rather not live monastically for the sake of a city - I agree with @Jake Reinhardt that there are places like Chicago or Denver where you can get by on less money and have more of a social life. (Also, this is all sort of predicated on having stable income.)
@Caitlin Young@twitter A lot of people end up needing guarantors (esp. in NYC) and essentially the money that would have gone to college when I graduated early went to the apartment. Basically, 12 months in that studio was still CHEAPER than 3 months in college. So, the math worked in my favor on that one. Also, I had this internship, and had been living in an actual closet that only fit a twin bed before then. Clearly, my plan failed, but my parents said I could choose to spend the college money however I wanted, and it seemed logical at the time to put it to the apt. But congrats on being able to do it alone!!
@Jake Reinhardt Do you live in/around Logan Square? I've been thinking of neighborhoods around there or Lakeview/Wrigleyville area. My bro went to UofC and he's never looked back; Slash OMG YES THE ALLEYWAYS. For a city that gets sweltering in the summer, that sort of thing is key. (But what's with the wooden fire escapes everywhere?)
@redheaded&crazy hahaha - it's reassuring to know I'm not alone! My brother is a phd student in pasadena and he is the one who made me think about moving anywhere where I can afford rent, but then it becomes this horrible loop of no job - no apt. Roomies are great - I mean, my two roommates are my parents (woo hoo) but definitely subletting is how I think I'll go when I really move out (just in case it's boomerang syndrome, pt. ii...)
@Peter W. Knox@twitter Thanks for sharing. Were you 22 in 2006? Part of what's so difficult for people my age is the ability to actually get an entry-level job post-recession. I don't expect a salary much above 30k,(my 5 mos. temp job means that I'll still make far less than 29k) but I am staring impending unemployment in the face, and I think many people are currently. I just wanted to share what I learned about saving during my period of underemployment (i.e. having to make not fun choices so I can eventually move out).