How long does mail take to come from California to Rochester, NY?
The US Postal service has become much less reliable in the last 20 years. (We ship around 3000–5000 packages a year through our various web business — goldenruletradingpost is our eBay store and we sell on several other platforms too. So, this is something we have a bit of experience with…). It can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks for a first class envelope or package to get across the country. If you want to make sure it makes it in a reasonable amount of time for a reasonable price, Priority Mail Guaranteed is your best bet. 1–3 days guaranteed with several flat-rate options starting around $6 with tracking, delivery confirmation and an automatic $50 of Insurance. Priority Express will usually make it in 24 hours but starts at around $25.00
How does one decide whether to live in a smaller town outside Rochester NY, or in the city itself?
Depends on your priorities.The way Rochester is organized, you'll be much further away from a lot of city life or have to deal with traffic and parking to go to the fest in a town. The small towns have a festival or two, and most have other activities happening as well in their bars and rec halls. But, the city has something like 70 parades and different festivals throughout the year as well as scores of city wide advents like First Friday the monthly small business promotion day.If you value those sorts of things and want to be where the action is, live downtown. The worst day of traffic here is better than the best commute I ever had in DC, Philly, or NYC. And all the resources are here. The super wealthy buying up all the new condos and gentrifying center city are making sure of that.If you’d rather NOT have to deal with the humanity, live in a suburb or rural village. There are some incredible towns like Fairport and Honeoye Falls that are lovely, and barely 20 minutes from most of downtown.The fact that this is even a thinking point for you, makes me want to suggest neigh orhoods like the South Wedge, 19th Ward, and Lock 66 or Park Ave neighborhoods. They have the feel of more of a sizeable town with the access of a city.
If an electric car is out of juice on the road, how do you fill it up like you do for a gas car?
The best answer is to buy / lease an Extended Range EV (EREV) like the Chevy Volt or the Ford Fusion Energi. These are EVs with a gasoline generator for backup. I leased a 2012 Volt for 3 years and now I'm leasing a 2015 Volt for 3 more years. I plug it up in my garage every night when I get home and the battery is full every morning. I can drive 40 (sometimes 50!) miles on that $1.30 of electricity then it will automatically start the generator to keep the battery charged to about 20% while you drive around like normal. You can drive 340 miles or so on 9 gallons of gas, pull into a gas station, get more gas, then drive across the country if you want like a normal car. The game changer is being able to plug in and drive on grid power (or directly on sunlight if you have solar panels!) instead of gasoline. So now instead of buying gas every few days or weeks (if you have a hybrid) you can now go several months between fill ups! I've only filled my tank twice since Christmas and that was only because I drove it 1200 miles round trip for Christmas and drove down to Miami in March to see the Formula E race. Since I drive less than 40 miles a day I can do 99% of my driving on the battery without using a drop of gas (even if I go 100 MPH, the generator will not turn on until the battery is drained.) But having the gas range extender means I can go anywhere a gas car can without worrying at all about running out of juice. This is probably our best bet until we can have 200 - 300 mile range out of batteries alone as well as the Tesla Supercharger like chargers for all cars when we go on road trips. Otherwise we just plug in when we get home and use gas if we run out of juice or on long trips.
I live in NJ and will work in NY, do I still have to fill out the NJ W4 or will the IT-2104 suffice?
The prior two commenters did not answer the question. If you work in New York but live in New Jersey, the IT-2104 should be all you need, because you have no earned income in New Jersey, so there should be no reason to complete an NJ-W4. There is one caveat however - if you are going to spend a significant of WORKING days in New Jersey and your employer actually tracks this and withholds New Jersey income tax, then you should complete an NJ-W4 so not too much New Jersey tax is withheld. Otherwise there is no reason to complete an NJ-W4.
My neighborhood road has a a lot potholes. What can I do to get it fixed? Do I need to fill out a request form to the government?
First, you need to find out who has maintenance responsibility for the street. Sometimes, it’s the municipality, sometimes, the county, sometimes, the state. It could also be privately maintained.Let’s say it’s a city maintained street. Contact the city Public Works department and report the condition of the street. Most Public Works departments should have a priority list of streets in need of repair. They should be able to tell you where your street ranks on that list. If you think it’s too far down on the list, you might contact your City Councilman/Alderman to complain. It’d be a good idea to get as many of your neighbors to do the same thing.