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I like the title, I might have to make that a regular WFS feature. So I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 14 years driving too close to the car in front of me. I have also encouraged many friends to get in fender benders with attractive women, thus requiring said women to fork over their phone number. This morning the logical conclusion of those two habits happened. I rear ended a cute girl, and got not one, but two cute girls phone numbers.

Cutie A saw a bum who looked like he wanted to cross the street and did the natural thing one does when they are in heavy traffic turning onto a freeway on ramp and one spots a bum, slammed on the breaks as hard as she could. Cutie B then smacked Cutie A in the bumper, and slammed into Cutie B’s bumper. This sounds more fun than it was. The previously mentioned bum helped me push my car to the side of the road before scurrying off.

Nobody was hurt, info was exchanged, I have two cute girls phone numbers. And the question is, would it be creepy to attempt to use these numbers to get a date? I suppose I only need one of the two girls to answer ‘no’ to make this a viable option.

On the down side of the incident, my car is fucked up, I don’t know how long it will be before I can drive again. That means my commute will triple in time (assuming Google’s estimate of the trip is accurate), and if it isn’t road worthy by the time school starts I’m going to have 3+ hours of commuting to do everyday. On the whole I would not recommend this as an effective strategy to meet women.

Along with eliminating the penny, decriminalizing drug use is one of the most obviously beneficial public policy decisions this country refuses to make. My regular reader probably agrees with me, if you happened on this through random internet clickings you might be thinking drugs ruin peoples lives and decriminalization will turn the U.S. into a rotting hell hole. And if you are thinking that you probably haven’t been to Holland or Portugal.

A few days ago I gave my thoughts on a NY Times article about the places us Americans want to live. I came across this lifehacker post on the least and most expensive places to live. Here are my thoughts.

  • Only a few of the ten most expensive cities are on the lten places people wanted to live list, which makes me wonder why people don’t just move? Maybe they are.
  • When I was moving to San Diego from Bellingham, I lot of people commented on how expensive it is. My thought was it would be comprable to Seattle (which is were most Bellinghamsters move to). Seattle hit #10 on the spendy list, my new home isn’t on the list.
  • Mount Vernon, 30 miles south of Bellingham, is surprisingly on the list of most expenisve small towns. I guess people are willing to pay a ‘tulip tax’. Odd.
  • Scranton was 10 on the cheapest places to live, so it shouldn’t have been that tough for Jim to buy his parents house.

If Tulip tax becomes a common phrase in northwest Washington, I expect you all to remember were it started.

The NY Times has an op-ed on the type of places Americans want to live (hat tip to Marginal Revolution). The answer apparently is that people are still looking for suburbia. I’ve put some time and effort into were to live, and I don’t get it. My unscientific theory on the suburbia fixation is that people think bigger houses with yards will make them happier and the burbs are a better place to raise children.

I strongly disagree with the first, I think the advantages of living in an urban neighborhood more than outweigh having a big house. Having restaurants, grocery stores and bars within walking distance makes the need for a big house mute. Throw in a some kind of park or public space and you can go live your life around your home instead of in it. I vaguely recall seeing some research relating negative health effects to living in areas with no amenities in walking distance, but your going to have to take my word on that.

As for the second reason, raising kids, I’m no expert. I do know that most the people I’ve met who grow up in cities tend to be very fond of their home towns, a sentiment that is mixed from people from smaller places. My sample might be biased because I know a lot more people from the ‘good cities’ than places like Detroit or Kansas City.

Speaking of the ‘good cities,’ the op-ed says most three of the top ten desirable cities to live happen to be the three I know the best: San Diego, Portland and Seattle. I’ve never understood the infatuation with Seattle (traffic and grey skies are my complaint), but Seattle-ites dig it so who am I too judge. Portland gets high WFS marks.  I love parts of San Diego but too much of the city has succombed to SoCal urban sprawl. Of course the weather makes up for the defficiencies.

The rest of the top ten in case you were wondering, were Denver, San Antonio (those sound good), Sacremento (I guess people like cows and Arnie), Pheonix (the desert? they must have asked a lot of retirees), San Francisco (lovely, and close to my grandparents), Orlando and Tampa Bay. I don’t know much about Orlando and Tampa Bay and have no plans to change that.

What I’d like to see is some urban planning bringing denser living to smaller towns, so you can get that urban feel outside of a metropolis. I’m not holding my breath since that would mean people would have to buy smaller homes, and that’s as American as central planning.