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by polaran
Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Alternative Housing Arrangements
Replies: 36
Views: 13800

Re: Alternative Housing Arrangements

I went from renting a room in a house to living in an RV in a mobile home park about 3 months ago. Compared to my previous living situation, it may end up being a wash financially or even costing me more. As somebody who prefers living alone, though, it's a pretty significant cost savings compared t...
by polaran
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: 21 states to avoid?
Replies: 21
Views: 5983

Re: 21 states to avoid?

Ha, if we're talking non-monetary benefits, then yes, Oregon has a lot going for it. Though I'll take searing hot southern summers over western Oregon's gray, miserable winter any day
by polaran
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: 21 states to avoid?
Replies: 21
Views: 5983

Re: 21 states to avoid?

The methodology of simply adding the percentages from each category makes it easy to compute and display, but is suspect for truly evaluating tax burden. On the best tax states list, I moved from #29 (Texas) to #11 (Oregon), and pay a higher effective tax rate here despite having a significantly low...
by polaran
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 4
Views: 1584

Re: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest

Thanks for the welcome, everyone! Welcome! Where was your backpacking trip? 2600mi == PCT thru-hike? Yup! I spent a lot of time calculating the cost/lost income from quitting 5 months early and debating with myself on whether I should do it (especially since I was already taking a large income hit a...
by polaran
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Durable shoes
Replies: 131
Views: 48909

Re: Durable shoes

What do all of you use for running shoes? I wear trail runners for everyday school/work wear, plus running about 30 miles per week on rocky trails and backpacking. I currently use Altra lone peaks and love them, particularly since I have a relatively wide forefoot and narrow heels. I switched from b...
by polaran
Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The KonMari method
Replies: 89
Views: 22775

Re: The KonMari method

Thanks for the summary. I have seen a lot of praise for this book in various spheres recently, but admittedly didn't read it as the synopsis seemed a little to "woo" for me. I cut my possessions down to the point of fitting in the trunk and half of the backseat (the other half was occupied...
by polaran
Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Boat to live in? :D
Replies: 7
Views: 1735

Re: Boat to live in? :D

I have a friend who is currently doing this. He bought an old, cheap boat that needed significant work but was livable, and kept in in its slip at the marina. The slip is within reasonable distance of his job and he's doing the work on it himself. I don't know the financial details but he claims it'...
by polaran
Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: RV living vs room rental
Replies: 9
Views: 3466

Re: RV living vs room rental

Thanks for the input. A few recent developments have me still seriously thinking about the RV option. Do any of you have experience with the "arctic" insulation packages and whether they're really helpful for PNW temperatures (usually 35-45, sometimes in the 20s for a few days at a time)? ...
by polaran
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Graduate School: Lifestyle and Hours?
Replies: 43
Views: 13938

Re: Graduate School: Lifestyle and Hours?

Going for a master's to expand your skillset and then working for a while also sounds reasonable. I'm not well versed in different geography career tracks, but my understanding in GIS is that a master's is the most common entry level degree for full time positions. After a few years you'll have a be...
by polaran
Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Empty the Kitchen Before Shopping
Replies: 14
Views: 3046

Re: Empty the Kitchen Before Shopping

I generally try to do this before I move or leave for an extended period of travel. It sometimes leads to odd meals like oatmeal with frozen broccoli as a side dish.
by polaran
Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Graduate School: Lifestyle and Hours?
Replies: 43
Views: 13938

Re: Graduate School: Lifestyle and Hours?

I'm about 6 months in to a PhD program and can share my experience so far. My perspective is a little different, as I entered graduate school as a late-20s professional with distinct ideas of the skills and knowledge base I'd like to get out of the experience. I also have no interest in an academic ...
by polaran
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Walkscore
Replies: 39
Views: 11718

Re: Walkscore

Mine comes in at 14, which was lower than I expected. I live in a compact college town, and basically anything within city limits is accessible by bike. The house I live in is located on the opposite end from most of the stores, hence the low walk score. The upshot is that it's also located on the o...
by polaran
Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: RV living vs room rental
Replies: 9
Views: 3466

Re: RV living vs room rental

Pacific northwest - rainy and slightly above freezing for most of the winter, occasionally dropping into the 20s.
by polaran
Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 4
Views: 1584

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest

It seems a proper introduction would be useful as I poke around the forums. I'm not necessarily pursuing ERE as fast as possible, but more the ability to accumulate assets while pursuing the life/adventures/career that interest me on my own terms. I'm a 28 year old female, currently working as a vet...
by polaran
Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Mini-retirements vs ERE?
Replies: 104
Views: 22282

Re: Mini-retirements vs ERE?

I am in a profession where mini-breaks are a viable option. I'm a veterinarian, and if you're willing to do small animal practice in large cities, you can subsist quite well as a relief/emergency vet who works as an independent contractor. Don't want to work for x amount of time? Don't line up shift...
by polaran
Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: RV living vs room rental
Replies: 9
Views: 3466

Re: RV living vs room rental

Thanks for your input! The cost of utilities (electric/propane/internet for trailer, all utilities for purchased house) wasn't included in my initial numbers. When I calculate it out with estimated utilities and routine RV maintenance (not factoring major repairs) for 48 months, I get the following ...
by polaran
Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: RV living vs room rental
Replies: 9
Views: 3466

RV living vs room rental

Hello ERE! I've periodically read Jacob's blog for years, but am new to the forum. I'm living and working in a university town for the next 3.5-4.5 years and am considering my housing options for that time. I'm mulling a few options: 1. Stay in my current house. I pay $500/month (including utilities...