For some extra money this summer I have been working as a copyrighter. It’s a pretty terrible job–writing manuals for machines and whatnot. Even though Washington is such an expensive city, the pay isn’t really in-step with the costs of living here. The job pays about $15/hr, which is about what it pays in Florida. Everything else in Florida cost about 20% less, so when I moved here I was anticipating being able to earn 20% to compensate for the difference. Surprise!