Here’s how much you would need to afford rent in your state

The most expensive state for housing is Hawaii, where workers would need to make $35.20 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. They would need to make $33.58 in the District of Columbia, $30.92 in California, $28.27 in Maryland, and $28.08 in New York.

Did I mention we’re trying to buy a home in Maryland? My wife and I make good money but we are still DC Poor. My wife and I make well above minimum wage, but many people in our fields do not.

In the District, where the hourly minimum wage is $12.50, a household — say a single parent — must earn $69,840 a year to be able to afford the fair market rent of $1,746 a month for a two-bedroom apartment.

Do you know people who work multiple jobs to pay for the roof over their heads?

Someone making the federal minimum wage would need to work 117 hours a week — or nearly three full-time jobs — to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

There are plenty of people in this area who are working hours like this. Going from job to job to job to afford to live in a house they never see. To support their children and their families and allow them to have a home. Affordable housing is vital to everything else. What would you do without a place to keep what you value safe? Without that peace of mind and basic level of security, you have nothing.

Source: Here’s how much you would need to afford rent in your state – The Washington Post

Live reading of 1984

In January of 2015 the DC Public Library held an event titled Orwellian America. Included a reading of 1984 in its entirety and streamed across YouTube. Those videos are no longer available.

I was reminded of this event today when I saw a similar event today.

The Orwell Foundation and UCL Festival of Culture are delighted to announce a live, start-to-finish reading of Nineteen Eighty-Four in Senate House, University of London. For the first time in the UK, hear Nineteen Eighty-Four read by a host of actors, writers, journalists and members of the public over the course of a single day in the centre of London. This unique event, part of the UCL Festival of Culture 2017, is free and open to the public.

Unlike the DC event, London’s event is available in its 11 hour entirety. (I’ve skipped the first 11 minutes, 15 seconds as they are silent.) I’ve read this book many times and look forward to listening to it again.

Alex Honnold Climbs Yosemite’s El Capitan Without a Rope

Alex Honnold Climbs Yosemite’s El Capitan Without a Rope

On Freerider, one of the most daunting physical and mental challenges Honnold faced was two pitches of steep, undulating expanse of rock about 600 feet up. Polished smooth by glaciers over the millennia, the granite here offers no holds, forcing a climber to basically walk up it with his feet only. Honnold used a delicate technique called “smearing,” which involves pressing his rubber shoes against the rock to create just enough grip to support his weight on the incline. He had to keep his weight perfectly balanced and maintain enough forward momentum to avoid sliding off. “It’s like walking up glass,” Honnold said.

This is impressive madness. It’s interesting to see someone doing something for the first time. The interview with him afterwards was interesting too. He was so nonchalant about and chill about it. First Interview With Alex Honnold, Climber Who Scaled El Capitan Without a Rope