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  • #31
    Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
    The three states on the left coast (west coast) all have substantially higher than federal minimum wage, with ORegon close to $9. Of course trying to find a job in OR is like trying to find a potential husband in a gay bar.
    In San Francisco it's over $10/hr. There have been thousands laid-off and the unemployment has skyrocketed.

    Kidding.

    The UE rate in SF is lower than the national average.

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    • #32
      Mr Perfidy and Joanie, that seems so unfair, such a low minimum,
      Does it? lol

      If minimum wages were higher than no one would hire people with current minimum-wage level skills. With a low or no minimum wage, anyone can get a job anywhere really. If it were high, then employers would be more selective and make more demands. I bet I'd have to get drug tested and shit to be able to put a hot dog in a bun in a parking lot. Fuck that.

      however what is the cost of living like ????? Always relative I suppose.
      in places where I've lived, I would have to answer, "unbearable." But I live in NJ and have lived in NY and have a lot of friends in Philly, and believe that this region is generally more expensive and less indicative of the nation as a whole.

      It is literally not mathematically possible to make minumum wage and pay rent though anywhere that I have ever rented an apartment (and I always search for the cheapest ones available) unless you only work and sleep. Most rent is paid by couples or by roommates who share expenses, so that there is something left to buy food and internet access and cable. Not that most workers make minimum wage, but most wage jobs around here start you at or near it, and you are lucky to get a 25cent raise in a year.
      "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

      Jack london, "Before Adam"

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      • #33
        Gwamma I am in the south (Florida) but welcome to America! I can't wait to hear all of your adventures..Anytime you want to come down south, we would love to have you!
        You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

        Age 48
        height 5'3
        SW 215 lbs
        CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
        LW 172 lbs
        GW 125ish lbs

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        • #34
          Originally posted by valmason01 View Post
          Gwamma I am in the south (Florida) but welcome to America! I can't wait to hear all of your adventures..Anytime you want to come down south, we would love to have you!
          Valmason - you wee sweet thing. DD went down to Florida last year and loved the place. I think she did a theme park ????
          I don't think that we will be heading that far south this trip - however things change all the time in my camp !!!!!!
          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

          ...small steps....

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Mr.Perfidy View Post
            Does it? lol
            I think our minimum wage at the moment is approx $13.50/hour.
            This isn't a huge amount, however people do make it work. One of the problems that we do have in NZ is people head out into the country for cheaper housing/rent but don't understand that it ends up costing more to live because food is more expensive, fuel to get into the service towns is more etc...
            all relative I suppose
            "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

            ...small steps....

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            • #36
              The numbers are relative to each other sure. Broke's broke.
              "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

              Jack london, "Before Adam"

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              • #37
                Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                Marthat - no I am not fast by any means, however I still have a few months. I am thinking knitted squares in different colours, then crochet around each square with black, then sew all together ???? the jury is still out.
                Here's one of the ideas that I would love to do someday.

                Ravelry: POP blanket pattern by tincanknits

                If you're looking for ideas, this Ravelry site is the most amazing resource on the net. www.ravelry.com Happy knitting!

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                • #38
                  okay so another question would be....
                  ... what brands of common foods are reputable ???? I am sure they will be different to NZ brands............
                  ie - people talk about kerrygold butter - is that a brand of butter ?????
                  Jerky ? Nuts ? etc....
                  and another............
                  What restaurants would offer decent primal fare ???
                  "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                  ...small steps....

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by marthat View Post
                    Here's one of the ideas that I would love to do someday.

                    Ravelry: POP blanket pattern by tincanknits

                    If you're looking for ideas, this Ravelry site is the most amazing resource on the net. www.ravelry.com Happy knitting!
                    that looks very clever - I love it


                    one of the blankets that I am working on for myself at the moment

                    http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/...blanket002.jpg

                    If you can imagine the squares being crocheted together with black wool, to make a queen sized blanket

                    and here is one that I made whilst travelling around the world a few years ago......

                    http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/...blanket004.jpg

                    this blanket is sitting on a super king sized bed.

                    in fact I couldn't believe how I got my huge metal needles through customs every time (auckland, Heathrow, Canada, San Fran, Denmark, Ireland). These are 6" metal ends on a length of cat gut - so not only was I going onto each plane with two possible stabbing devices, but a garrote as well !!!!!!
                    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                    ...small steps....

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                      Next question - I do not understand the tipping system. In fact when we were in the UK a few years ago, we ate at a restaurant and didn't realise that we had to tip - as we left we heard the head honcho say "bloody Australians" !!!!!!! We laughed long and hard over that one.... sorry Australia, Us Kiwis are happy for you to take the rap sometimes !!!!!!
                      Tipping in Canada is typically 10-15% (of the pre-tax total). Servers make minimum wage here, which is in the $10/hr range, so tipping is lower than in the US. I like to tip in cash like someone else mentioned. HST is 12%, so I just round that up.
                      Sandra
                      *My obligatory intro

                      There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                      DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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                      • #41
                        Thanx Sandra - I will add that to my little info booklet.
                        We loved Vancouver. In fact during that trip a few years ago I found a mammoth tusk in a wee antique place .............. I really wanted to bring that relic home........ sadly the handbrake said NOOOOOOO -
                        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                        ...small steps....

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Mr.Perfidy View Post
                          If minimum wages were higher than no one would hire people with current minimum-wage level skills. With a low or no minimum wage, anyone can get a job anywhere really. If it were high, then employers would be more selective and make more demands. I bet I'd have to get drug tested and shit to be able to put a hot dog in a bun in a parking lot.
                          But this is only a guess. Or maybe there's a youtube.

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                          • #43
                            I love your blankets. Thanks for showing them to me. Looks like you crochet, too. Here's a couple of other links for blankets that have been on my wish list for a while.

                            Ravelry: Babette Blanket pattern by Kathy Merrick

                            Ravelry: Chameleon Baby Blanket pattern by Tracy St. John

                            I love colour - can you tell?

                            BTW, Sandra is bang on about tipping in Canada. It's nowhere near as high as the American figures being mentioned here. I usually tip 10%, plus rounded up to the next full dollar or two.

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                            • #44
                              Here is what my mama made for me a while ago...

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                              "Handbrake" is funny! So how did the daughter decide to come to the US?? Whanau are fine, thanks much! If you are over at my journal place, make yourself known here and there - I'm sure we could have a nice wee chat!

                              And, if you happen to be driving through Ohio, when you get closer to the Pennsylvania border, let me know! The Family Crabbcakes would love to host you! If you are just a tiny bit lucky, the tractor pulls will be on over the weekend just behind our property - we could show you all the antique tractors you could wish for in one spot (and they all run - they drive in all afternoon long...) with their farmer owners. We actually have TWO pull lanes out here in Brigadoon. And after dark, the bad boys with the souped up engines that blow blue flame are on.
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                              • #45
                                [QUOTE=marthat;1081234] Here's a couple of other links for blankets that have been on my wish list for a while.

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                                Martha - wow - they are amazing. I love making stuff, being creative.
                                DH has made me this huge table out of a cable reel. (Found it on the side of the road !!!!) It will seat about 16 people around it. I am wanting to find an old piece of drift wood to make it into a candelabra for the centre - should be fun trying to find said piece of wood !!!!!
                                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                                ...small steps....

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