February 14th, 2007

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Cheap Hotel

I am trying to bring together a last minute mini vacation. We want to go to Washington DC from February 24-28 (Sat, Sun, Mon and Tues nights).

I would like to find a hotel for under $50 a night in the area close to the White House/Smithsonian. Any ideas?

I could go for a bit further into the suburbs if I knew of places to park the car close by for free or really cheap (under $3/day). We want to use public transit if we can, but we are going to be bringing a lot of food/drinks to keep our food costs down, so we'd like to be able to get to the car (cooler) or the hotel (minifridge hopefully) once or twice during the day. We want to go to the Smithsonian, and the monuments at the very least while we are there, and maybe a few other touristy things depending on time.

Any links to cheap/cool things to do/see in that area would be cool too.

Your thoughts please?

Should people put most of their volunteer efforts behind:

a. making poverty more comfortable for as many of the poor as possible. providing food and necessities and such. volunteering in soup kitchens, cooking for the poor, working at a free care clinic, teaching them basic survival skills, etc.
b. trying to lift people out of poverty. much more time intensive and can only work 1 on 1 with one or two people at a time. teaching them advanced skills, helping them job hunt, helping them in any way possible to immigrate out of poverty and into the middle class.

Which is the more biblical and practical response that one should focus on? Scripture says the poor will always be among us so does that mean we should just accept that and focus more on option a? Or should we fight to move people out of poverty instead?

Your thoughts? Which poor skills are more important- skills to get out of poverty or skills to endure poverty?

EDIT: I'm asking the question here because its relevant to ask people interested in poor skills which poor skill they find more valuable- how to get out of poverty or how to endure poverty more comfortably.
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I recently dropped out of college with the belief that I would have 6 months before I had to start paying back my student loans. Yesterday, I received a letter that seemed to imply that since I dropped out, I now have 60 days from the drop out date (about a month and a half ago) before I have to start paying. Did I read this wrong? Does the grace period change for people who drop out? Thanks!

EDIT: Thanks a lot to everyone who commented. I uh, happened to flip over the letter and see a summary of my loans. The payment date is in June, which is 6 months after my drop-out date. So I'm good! Thanks again!

Woo Hoo I can see!

I finally got a new pair of glasses, courtesy of the Lion's Club. David picked them up for me last night. It's great; I was at the gym this morning and had absolutely no trouble at all reading the TVs.
And for those of you who don't already know, the Lion's Club will pay for the eye exam and your glasses if you meet income requirements. I had to make an appointment with my local health department to get it done, so you may want to start there. They can certainly point you in the right direction at the very least. :)
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