Minimum wage in various states around the nation

http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx#Table

This is something to consider if you are thinking of relocating. I’m not sure what’s up with Alabama. Can they really pay you pennies there? Look at Georgia and Wyoming. Maybe they need to catch up with the times. If min wage is $15 here, will Walmart et al move out? Interesting question. They’ve already closed down an awful lot of department stores here. On the other hand, if employers actually paid that much, folks would want to work all the shit jobs, wouldn’t they? There wouldn’t be shit jobs anymore. Walmart would be classy. People would move out of the slum areas into decent housing. It would change the entire class structure. I doubt the middle and upper classes would like that too much. They wouldn’t want the lower classes intruding upon them and breaking into their turf. The poor are supposed to be stuck with their cake, not hanging out at Whole Foods and Starbucks. Uh oh. Better keep it at $7.25 where it belongs. And don’t let the buses run through the wealthy part of town. Keep the poor outa here.

 

Where is the cheapest area to live in the USA?

I heard from some folks on the bus that Myrtle Beach, SC is cheaper than here. Their information must have been way out of date. On first glance I’m not seeing anything for as cheap as $500.  They also told me that jobs in SC pay less than they do here. I’m unsure if that information is up to date.

Here you will find plenty of places for $400 if you look. I’m not talking “roommates,” either.  Minimum wage is $7.25 but most entry-level shit jobs pay $8 or $9.   My claim still stands. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Detroit are great places to look if you want to move to if you wish to escape your diagnosis. (Note about Baltimore: Beware of Johns Hopkins as I hear their “hospital” can be problematic!).  These are the places to try, though. Great cheap public transit, economy on the rise, job market on the rise, many possibilities of purchasing property that very well might increase in value. Around Pittsburgh, which is a small city (population 1/3 million), you have the advantage is that the area isn’t cramped like New York or Boston. You’ll get a yard and plenty of space for less money. You will find parks and even forests to roam in or walk your dog.

I hear that the Deep South is extremely cheap but I am not sure which states are best. Does anyone have any experience or know about the prices and job market there? I hear that Florida tends to have a lot of corruption in their court system.

What have you heard? Would love to know what people have heard about prices and what it is like to live in these places.

Interesting article on longevity

Here it is:

https://www.wired.com/story/the-key-to-a-long-life-has-little-to-do-with-good-genes/

Smoking runs in families, since smoking is something that can be taught by parents. Exercise also is taught by example. I am not sure about the military. I would assume that some families might push their kids into the military if both parents had been in it or if one or both were career military. I know a lot of people who went into the military simply because at 17 they didn’t know what else to do. A few of them were glad they made the decision. Many regretted it.

I would not sign up for Ancestry. I hear the company steals your privacy. I am not sure my source was accurate about this. I trust the family tree my grandmother gave me that shows my family is descended from the Vilna Gaon (look him up!). I have since met other descendants. I guess he got around…..

Lamb beat Rofthus, Casey and Wolf stay…Are Pennsylvanians wising up?

We could have predicted Wolf’s win because from what I hear there wasn’t much competition in the governor’s race. I don’t personally know anyone who dislikes him or his politics. I have written to him many times telling him how happy I am with various decisions he’s made.  He has written back to me even. Sometimes handwritten emails, usually form letters though. I have thanked him telling him how happy and proud I am to live in Pennsylvania.

I am thrilled that we got Rofthus (who can pronounce that, anyway?) out of office. Most of my friends did not like his politics, not that “my friends” are at all representative of what is typical here in Pennsylvania. The state as polarized as can be here. Like Kansas and Missouri, we have eastern and western urban areas with lots of gun-slinging country in-between. Here in Western Pennsylvania only Allegheny County is at all liberal. The rest of the counties are peppered with Christian churches the way mental patients on lithium are dotted with pimples. Not that “Christian” means  “Conservative” but it often does. When I first moved here I found it scary running into so many churches. It is stifling since I’m a Jew and an agnostic. One around the corner, up the street. Down the street. Around the bend. On the other corner. Two blocks away. And so on. I can’t count all of them in this tiny neighborhood here. I keep wondering if all the houses go into foreclosure there will be nothing left but churches.

Still, Lamb won. This is a huge relief to say goodbye to Rofthus at last. It was a quirk that got Lamb in there in the first place after Murphy embarrassed himself. Remember Tim Murphy? The one who pushed the forced mental health “care” agenda? He’s out, as you all know. He wasn’t representing my part of the state, but another part adjacent to Allegheny County. I think part of Washington or Westmoreland County. Those are south of Pittsburgh. Some of those regions are on the affluent side. Now that I am used to Beaver County I don’t think I could get used to anything else. (I said that about Watertown for years….look what happened….).

Lamb replaced Murphy and somehow then our entire state ended up shuffled around due to redistricting. All that took ages to settle because the R’s and D’s argued endlessly over how it should be done.  Such battles are likely a waste of time, mental energy spent on debating, and tax dollars. I’d rather contemplate what to give my dog for dinner.

So if that’s true, should I start a Go Fund Me for the Puzzle’s Dinner Fund? Poor, starving dog, deserving of a choice between 12 different luscious dishes every night, or so she will claim. She will gobble up all 12 though…….

The other day I went out for five minutes, came home and found my latest loaf of homemade bread had disappeared all the sudden. I found it on the floor. There was Puzzle, with a very guilty look on her face and right next her her, a partially-eaten loaf of homemade bread, with half of it hanging right out of her mouth. I so badly wanted my camera right at that moment! I didn’t have it handy. Does this dog really deserve a GoFundMe? Wouldn’t she make a great politician?

Immediately, I stomped my foot right near her. Not because I was pissed, because I wasn’t, but to scare her slightly. That got her so alarmed that she moved away from the bread long enough to free it up so I was able to grab it off the floor and get it away from her. I didn’t scold her. It was unnecessary. It would have ended up shaming her too much. Why put her down when she already knows? You bet she does! I cut off the part she wrecked with her saliva. I gave that to her and the rest I saved. For me. Maybe I’m a decent negotiator and should be the one in politics.

But I’m not.Rufthus is out. Lamb’s in. Let’s see how he does, eh?

 

 

Video Editing

Yesterday I tried out my video editing software thinking I could learn to use it and then sell video editing services. Video editing is easy to learn. You do not need a class in it. You do have to purchase decent software. I was amazed at how much better this software is than the other package I had which constantly froze and was worse than useless. The video I posted yesterday and put up on YouTube was my first example of a home video with basic video editing. I am posting it here again. It is promotion of my upcoming book.

Rofthus vs Lamb

Around here it’s in all the papers. Who will win? Either you support Congressman Keith Rofthus, or you despise him. From what I hear, the GOP gave up on him and pulled the plug on their ads a while back, mainly because they considered any further support a waste of their money.

Both are incumbents. WTF? Really? Yep. We just had our districts redone, to further complicate matters. Also, Tim Murphy, who was Congressman for another area south of here, ran into some deep trouble, as you all know. Conor Lamb took over when Murphy went down in shame. Lamb has been wildly popular, not only in Allegheny County (understandably), but even in more conservative Beaver County and other areas where you wouldn’t expect a “liberal” to fare so well.

Now back to Rofthus. I’ve been thinking. Have you ever said “Keith Rofthus” aloud? Unlikely, unless you live around here. Even if you do live here, I bet you only read about him. You might hear him mentioned on the tube, or you saw headlines with his name up there multiple times or saw his name Tweeted somewhere. But do you ever say the words, “Keith Rofthus”? Try it.

Now, see what I mean? It’s a tongue-twister, isn’t it? What on earth were his parents thinking when they named him that? Did they not think ahead?

Isn’t Conor Lamb easier to say, with it’s softer consonants? Is this why he’s doing so well? Or is it because people are just fed up and want something new?