Commuters from Fredricksburg, VA to commute to DC. People leave at 530am to make it to work by 730pm and that's in good weather conditions.In my wife's profession, DC would increase her earning potential enough to more than offset the increased cost of living. And once she's settled in, I can search for a local job that would pay better.
I've tried to convince her to move west, but other than Denver and Portland, she's not interested. She loves to visit, but other than those two cities, she's not interested in being off the east coast, as to be closer to home.
spending 5k on a vacation is not the sand as spending 10k for a spa or 60k on a pool.
these are not sideways shifts
How are things in Miami? Are things starting to stabilize?
Solidarity! It is a tough road, but I remember thinking at a certain point if it all ended that so many nice things had come of it that I certainly wouldn't regret having gone at least part of the way down it.Ugh, its such a tough road. I'm just starting and already collecting backup options.
It Is awful.That is perhaps the most poorly designed section of highway in the country...maybe the free world
It represents what “not” to do in urban planning/design. They didn’t seem to make the correlation between what massive suburban expansion does to roadway capacity?It Is awful.
There are some great things about the DVM area, but it is a better place to visit than live these days. Especially with how much home prices have skyrocketed in the area.
Thanks for sharing...I have also been very lucky to get a job that I enjoy (well, it has its moments) in a field that I love. This, though, makes me more understanding of the situation many CMs find themselves in.
Within my field (academia), it is very common for people to spend years working hard on poverty wages and ultimately go nowhere. That's in large part because the higher education system is structured to take advantage of the fact people are passionate about their field and will sacrifice a lot to obtain a job, sucking in more people to do PhDs than there are academic jobs and them dangling the carrot of an eventual job in front of them in exchange for cheap teaching labor. Because some people do make it and the culture tells you that you have to persevere if you hope to be worthy of a tenure track position, it becomes very hard for people to judge whether they're chasing sunk costs or giving up on their life's ambition because they don't want it enough. I had to work hard, but was also lucky to get the position I have. One little decision or random event along the way and I could easily be still jumping from temporary contract to temporary contract not sure if I'm doing the right thing.
So, I can completely understand people buying into the whole Disney dream and not recognising the difference between sunk costs and perseverance in deciding to remain in their job. The culture people are describing here doesn't seem a world away from what I've seen in my own field.
It's not enough for people. They want to be the Greeter that requires no real prior training, can be done by anyone with basic training, and want to live where they want, and support their families.
So should the 20yr kid living with 4 other people make x, while 35yr living in a house with 2 kids, doing the same exact job make 4x more because he has greater expenses? If not, the second guy cries "I'm starving..." while the 20yr old says "I'm saving for an xbox...".
This is why the premise of a 'living wage for all' doesn't fit. Everyone doesn't live the same life. And then you get into deciding what kind of life should they be able to afford? Does that mean I can expect them to take lynx buses, or should they be able to afford a car? What is the acceptable commute time? etc etc etc.
The labor market is self-correcting when we ensure people are mobile and empowered. The employers get to squeeze labor when labor is desperate and locked in.