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Messages - ilsox7
« on: December 20, 2007, 05:16:17 PM »
Bell's makes some nice stuff. Though Oberon is highly overrated and probably one of their worst beers. Up there with Great Lakes is Victory, Stone, Jolly Pumpkin, Russian River, Dogfish Head, Founders, and many other American Craft Breweries.
There are also a TON of Xmas Ales out there these days, as they have become the thing to do. Delirium makes a phenomenal Noel that will kick your ass big time. Lots of the other Belgians are doing to the same. Good times!
« on: December 20, 2007, 04:13:05 PM »
I miss going to the Brewery. Luckily it is readily available in Chicago. One of my favorite bars even has it on tap and sells it for less than they do at the GL Brewery. It's crazy. And led to a drunk ilsox7 Tuesday night of this week.
« on: December 20, 2007, 03:58:44 PM »
Let me tell you about reezy's day. He woke up at 11:15 with the worst hangover in America. He opened his wallet to find a $77 credit card receipt from the nearest bar... apparently, he bought a round of Cuervo shots for his 9 closest friends. By 1:30 this afternoon, his hangover has reached epic proportions; he doesn't even call the dealership to tell them that he won't be able to bring his car in for service this afternoon. At 2:30, in the heat of an LSD debate about racism and LS admissions, the hangover hits fever pitch and reezy actually runs to the bathroom and yorks. This is a full 12 hours after I've stopped drinking, mind you.
Was GL Xmas Ale involved?
« on: December 19, 2007, 12:56:21 PM »
Am at once annoyed with JD for bumping this thread and pleased to have his seal of approval. Ambivalence abounds.
I had your avatar last night.
« on: December 17, 2007, 10:41:55 PM »
plausibility of living in Chicago was incorrect.
That's great and all, but I was simply pointing out that what was posted was incorrect. I don't see what the big deal is here. I am not ripping anybody or anything. I am just saying that while debt certainly is a consideration, you can actually live in this city on much less than most people would think. That's it. So if someone really wants to live in Chicago, they shouldn't be scared away by the fact that their take-home pay (after taxes and loans) is relatively low.
« on: December 17, 2007, 01:25:54 PM »
I have no idea what the point of this or your original response is. My whole point is to be very mindful of debt because even if you don't want biglaw you may be forced into it because you cannot afford your loans otherwise. This is especially true if you want/have to live in a relatively expensive city like Chicago.
Uh, the point is that you said it may be impossible to live on an annual salary of 60K in Chicago with a lot of debt. I was simply pointing out that it is very possible to live in Chicago with either a salary of 60K and a lot of debt or a much lower salary and no debt. Nobody would argue that debt load plays a role in the type of job people want and the location, but your statement about the plausibility of living in Chicago was incorrect.
« on: December 17, 2007, 03:08:25 AM »
So after taxes and such you would have $1,800 a month of $25K/year. $100K in student loan debt is around another $800. So that leaves you with about a grand for everything else (rent, food, transportation, etc.). Yes, that's doable but that's not much of a life, is it?
I meant the 25K per year for people not having any/much debt. It may be difficult starting out, but I know plenty of folks who moved up here after college and did just that.
Also, someone making $25K a year will not take home $1,800 a month after taxes and benefits and whatnot. It will be less than that by a considerable amount (especially if there is a state income tax). I'd count on monthly take-home being closer to $1,600.
« on: December 16, 2007, 08:26:57 PM »
I think what is important to remember is that your debt load will have a significant impact on where/what you can practice. It just may be impossible to live on $60K if you have $100K in debt in Chicago.
It wouldn't be that difficult to live here in that situation. Hell, I know folks who make 25K per year (not JD's) and make due in Chicago.