Whenever an American Expat or an expat from any country resides outside his home nation they son miss food from home and become street smart economists.
I had never been west of Chicago until the US Marine Corps gave me a 12 month all expenses paid tour of Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Teg, we’re not in Cincy anymore, why don’t you find a job overseas, when you get out?
My 1st Lieutenant salary equaled $205/week, X $6.55 = $1,343 today that compared to $3.50 X 6.55 = $23 hour as a coop student architect three years before going off to the Vietnam War. As luck or karma would have it a partner in the coop firm, walked into the USMC recruiting office where I was serving my last six months of duty. When Robert offered me a job, I said I would like to make at least as much as my military pay. The draft had made the service salaries below the civilian rate for equal qualifications.
Robert agreed to $205/wk and I joined his startup architectural firm of three, in Northern Cincinnati. However, soon my good luck took a turn, payday checks at Robert’s office were always tense, so my best friend Mike Kinsella, from six years of DAAP who also got drafted asked if I would join an established engineering dominated firm for $205/week $10 more than he was getting. we were even a year later at $210/each.