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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 23, 2008, 04:44:50 PM »
i am going to get an air conditioner, either window or portable, for my apartment. besides trying to find one used on craigslist, anyone know where would be the closest/cheapest place to buy one? i imagine they will deliver so proximity may not be that important

Unless you have a car, Amazon.com, Homedepot.com, and Costco.com are the best places to buy.

Homedepot.com has the best prices right now, but their delivery takes longer (and is a bit more complex IME). You're also likely getting a higher-quality product from Amazon or Costco than from HD, but HD is CHEAP.

Note that HD prices *do not* include shipping or tax, while Amazon.com's includes both and Costco includes only shipping. You also don't need to be a Costco member to order from Costco.com, though Costco's prices on large items like A/C are cheaper in the warehouse (if you have access to a car, my suggestion is to drive to Costco in Jersey or Queens to check it out, but you will need a membership if you do that).

Home Depot:
6500 BTU ($139; should be sufficient if all you have is a bedroom)
10,000 BTU ($199 for those with large bedrooms or decent-sized studio apartments)

Amazon.com (all ship and sold by Amazon; great if you have Amazon Prime):
"Small-Room" ($197; 5200 BTU, nice w/remote)
6,000 BTU ($145; no remote)
10,000 BTU ($280; includes remote; this is probably the one I would buy)
5,000 BTU (At $112 inc. tax and shipping, this is the cheapest A/C unit you will find -- HD happens to sell one for $99, but that doesn't include tax / shipping).

Costco.com
10,000 BTU ($280; this is a nice one, but probably no nicer than Amazon's)

I'll also note that all three sell "portable" (i.e., not-in-window) A/C units, but most of you have windows that will support an in-window unit and they happen to be MUCH more efficient than the portable units.


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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 21, 2008, 09:51:52 AM »
I did the CA/NY flight about  8 times last year and there always seems to be a delay coming out of NY. If you delay too long you miss connections, baggage gets lost, you end up making a 6 hr trip into an 11 hr trip, etc. Its easier to get direct flights out of JFK (a bit farther and more expensive than LGA but, in my opinion, worth it.)

You're going to be flying over Labor Day Weekend. There will be delays, and all the flights will likely be packed (which makes recovering from a missed connection virtually impossible). Fly direct out of JFK or Newark. My suggestions are JetBlue, American, Virgin America or United out of JFK or (less preferably) Continental out of Newark. I've spent my life flying out of New York, with the bulk of flights either to the West Coast or internationally; the other airlines (Delta, Northwest, and US Air in particular) aren't worth the hassle.

If you have time (you probably will) there are decent mass transit options to both Newark and JFK, though the one to Newark is a bit easier. Check http://www.panynj.gov/Airtrain/ (JFK) and http://panynj.com/airtrainnewark/ (Newark). For JFK, do the Long Island Railroad ("LIRR") option; the A-train is a bit cheaper but can take forever.

A direct flight coast to coast, on a holiday weekend, is probably worth about $200 in higher ticket prices, IMHO. If you miss your connection due to a flight delay, you could end up stranded in Chicago or Dallas for a day or more before they can put you on another flight.

Oh, and if you haven't discovered it already for airfare searches, try Kayak.com -- much more flexibility than Orbitz, Expedia, or Travelocity.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 11, 2008, 11:25:47 AM »
Oh gosh, that is horrific!  I'll be living on West 115th Street; can anyone give me the scoop on whether I should be expecting to find any bedbugs, roaches(!!!), rats, waterbugs, or any other nasty pests there?  I have such a phobia of insects, I think I would seriously die... 

If you live in New York for long enough, you will see roaches. As MCB said, call an exterminator, and then *don't leave food out.* If the roaches don't have something to eat, they won't come knocking. Do your dishes as you dirty them, don't leave crap on the counter, and the roaches will leave you alone.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 09, 2008, 05:03:07 PM »
I also read that you absolutely can't move out of Lenfest/Lionsgate during the 3 years?

untrue. i know a good amt of ppl moving out of lenfest for the new school year.

All the people who I know who are moving out are moving into non-UAH housing. My understanding is that UAH gives you a hard time if you try to transfer from Lionsgate/Lenfest into other UAH housing (this is in the fine print of the housing information, or at least was our year).

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 09, 2008, 01:48:48 PM »
I can confirm that the Columbia discount and the WebPhilly discount so graciously provided by LoveButton do indeed stack (that is, you can use them together).

Thanks for the tip, Button!

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 09, 2008, 12:53:05 PM »
I'm pretty sure that we can get discounted rates through Columbia.

TITCR. Zipcar is pretty amazing.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 08, 2008, 03:12:23 PM »
TITCR- also remember that NYC doesn't cool down at night as much as you might think it would, you'll need a cool space to go to after running all over the city.

Which is to say, in August, sometimes not at all. Because of the urban heat sink effect, it is not unheard of for the temperature to PEAK well after sunset and not hit the "overnight low" until just before sunrise -- or just to stay between 85 and 95 degrees, around the clock, with 70% humidity for two weeks straight.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 08, 2008, 02:10:01 PM »
(no a/c?  BRING A FAN), but it'd make me look bad. 

If you have never spent a summer at sea level East of the Mississippi or in Texas, then you should probably plan on buying a window A/C pretty much as soon as you arrive. If you have spent such a summer, then you know the risk that you assume, and if you don't buy one well then I pretty much think you're crazy.

Home Depot will deliver, as will Costco.com (you don't need a membership to order on-line), and I think Amazon sells window a/c now as well.

Even if you are paying your own utilities (very few of you, IIRC), it is still worth it. It's not so much the temperature, as the August humidity.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 06, 2008, 01:32:03 PM »
What if you get belligerently drunk after 4 drinks and start stumbling around, eyes half-closed, cursing anyone who asks you if you're "OK"? 

I don't know who you are, but I do know who you're talking about. Hilarious. A cheap shot, but hilarious.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: July 04, 2008, 09:48:06 PM »
Too many people in undergrad were drinking just to feel "in," it was so ridiculous. I guess the same is going to be true in law school. Uh oh..lol..

I think its different. People in undergrad drink because it makes them feel "in." This is how you drink, if you're an American and under 21. I think it's pretty ridiculous.

People in law school drink (or don't) because they enjoy it, or because, quite honestly, it is extraordinarily useful. They enjoy the way it makes them feel, and appreciate the lubrication it brings to social -- and professional -- situations.

I will highlight this difference as follows. In undergrad, being *drunk* -- like, flat-off-your-ass-barfing-in-the-toilet drunk -- didn't really carry much of a social stigma. I mean, it wasn't the greatest thing ever, but it never really reduced people's opinions of you. In law school, being a social drinker is a huge plus. Being the sort of person who gets trashed all the time, or two or three nights a weekend, you'll have people who just think you're silly (or stupid).

I would call this the mature attitude towards alcohol. By the time you reach law school, you should start acting like an adult. Alcohol has a huge place in our culture that goes WAY beyond keggers at a frat house.

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