@aaronpk I remember doing a science experiement in elementary school involving several 2 liter bottles of generic cola from the local store and a very cold day (I think it was 22ºF/-6ºC?) doing exactly this in our schoolyard. Very fun, and very cold.
@aaronpk I'm just approaching the age where I can find things to spend it on, so I have maxed out the benefit the last couple of years. Assuming a 33%(ish) effective tax rate, that gives me just under $1000 of additional buying power. But for $500 or so, no, it would most certainly not be worth the hassle of dealing with ASI.
@aaronpk Our insurance told us they were changing FSA providers for next year and that brought me great joy because the old one is so terribly difficult to deal with. It's almost not worth the hassle. Then a couple of weeks ago, they alerted us that there will be no change after all. I'm on a health plan for state employees, so I assume they made the original announcement while the ink was still drying on the new contract and then something fell through at the last minute.
@aaronpk Sigh. The bit about the tracks depressed me. The Talgo trains Amtrak Cascades uses are designed to run just as fast as the Siemens trains Brightline uses. But track conditions don't allow it.
I mean, all the amenities you describe are very nice, but having trains that fast would be life-changing for of lot of people in the PNW, even if you had to dine on stale crackers.