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Old 07-16-2014, 11:49 AM
Status: "Summer!" (set 19 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Most people don't need a desk for a laptop, we are getting rid of ours because we don't use it and it takes up space. As for hotels, everyone is different, I have no problem telling family to use a hotel unless it is one person or for a night type thing.

I don't know your age, but I do know we have a very nice air mattress that is not your
old fashion air mattress. But that isn't really important to this thread.
When our parents were alive, we never asked them to stay in a motel. When we had a small apartment, we had a pull-out couch in the living room. In this house, we have 4 bedrooms and only three were occupied. The 4th one served as a sewing room/computer room/guest room. When my brother's kids lived here, he'd stay at a motel 1) so he could smoke, and 2) so he could make his own plans to visit w/everyone.

If you were born in 1978, you are just a few years older than my kids, and we had them late. I'm still working. I'm saying, once people get into their 70s and beyond, sleeping on an air mattress is a less viable option.

We still have a desk-top computer, but everyone I know with laptops still has a desk for the computer and other stuff such as a printer, speakers, etc. You may miss your desk. Where do you keep your printer? Where do you store stuff the "paperless society" requires us to have such as printer paper?
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: South Hills
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I've lurked in the Pittsburgh forum a few times and read some of their complaints about expensive housing. It seemed rather absurd to me.
If you are from D.C., Boston, San Diego, etc. it is absurd.

Part of the problem is that employers around here tend to lowball salaries and claim that the
low cost of living here is the major reason. I think they are shortly in for a rude shock.

Though my daughter got a job in Toledo, Ohio and I was quite surprised at how much
cheaper her rent will be out there.

Sort of a typical Pittsburgh inferiority complex thing that finally our population is not shrinking
and housing is starting to tick up at a healthier rate, and we're upset about it. Though the
potential for a bubble effect here does concern me.
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:42 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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If you are from D.C., Boston, San Diego, etc. it is absurd.
It's not just cheaper than big cities, it's cheaper than here, a small metro area that's not a big city.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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When our parents were alive, we never asked them to stay in a motel. When we had a small apartment, we had a pull-out couch in the living room. In this house, we have 4 bedrooms and only three were occupied. The 4th one served as a sewing room/computer room/guest room. When my brother's kids lived here, he'd stay at a motel 1) so he could smoke, and 2) so he could make his own plans to visit w/everyone.

If you were born in 1978, you are just a few years older than my kids, and we had them late. I'm still working. I'm saying, once people get into their 70s and beyond, sleeping on an air mattress is a less viable option.

We still have a desk-top computer, but everyone I know with laptops still has a desk for the computer and other stuff such as a printer, speakers, etc. You may miss your desk. Where do you keep your printer? Where do you store stuff the "paperless society" requires us to have such as printer paper?
I guess different times, hotels are typically easy to do for many.

Well if this air mattress is hard for anyone to do, then a bed in general would be hard for that person to do. It seriously was a really expensive air mattress, I hate air mattresses and I am impressed with this thing.

I would keep my printer where I have always kept it, sitting on a shelf cause we almost never use it. It seriously has been months since I needed to print out anything.

A 4 bedroom house would be way too much for what we ever needed. The only way I would do something that large is if it was an old Portland Craftsman house.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I guess different times, hotels are typically easy to do for many.
Not around the holidays when family is most likely to come into town and rates are at their absolute highest.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:14 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Well anyways, a lot of city populations tend to be younger, liberal, wealthier folks. Not the kind of neighbors most families dream of passing on the way to work every day. That's gotta have something to do with it.

Although I'd say the main reason is space. $1,000/sq ft in Manhattan is ridiculous.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:18 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I guess different times, hotels are typically easy to do for many.

Well if this air mattress is hard for anyone to do, then a bed in general would be hard for that person to do. It seriously was a really expensive air mattress, I hate air mattresses and I am impressed with this thing.

I would keep my printer where I have always kept it, sitting on a shelf cause we almost never use it. It seriously has been months since I needed to print out anything.

A 4 bedroom house would be way too much for what we ever needed. The only way I would do something that large is if it was an old Portland Craftsman house.
Yeah, I'm just an old lady, right?

I was just out walking (imagine that!) with a friend whose son and family are arriving tonight, 5 people, from LA. The son is younger than you. They're staying with my friend. When my friend and her husband (who is of course also my friend) go to visit them in CA they stay at their condo. Different strokes for different folks is more like it.

I can't imagine you have nothing to print. We just printed out boarding passes for our trip to MN. You have to do that in advance or it costs more.

ETA: It seems to me that families with a stay-at-home parent might require more space than families where both parents work, simply b/c the parent and kids are home all day.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:20 PM
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I don't have a printer at home. I use an office printer.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:22 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 19 days ago)
 
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I don't have a printer at home. I use an office printer.
I'll point out you're still printing. And if your office came up with some policy that you couldn't use the printer for personal use (common in schools and health care facilities), you'd have to buy one.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I don't have a printer at home. I use an office printer.
I do the same. Frankly the only thing I used to print for personal reasons was online directions, and cellphones have replaced that, so the point is moot now. Plus consumer-level printer cartridges are a racket anyway.
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