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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

how far do you commute?

I'm negotiating a possible temporary part-time bit of work, and the only problem, besides 10 hour days twice a week, is the sixty mile round trip. Am I being too much of a spoiled whiner here? I'm just not that keen to burn such a lot of fossil fuel. Anyhow, they won't give me milage for more than 12 miles of it, and then only 58 cents a mile. And it's rush hour. And I hate to drive. Whatta ya think? How far do you drive to and from your job? How hairy is the traffic?

13 Comments:

  • At 4:38 PM , Blogger Tiggywinkle Knits said...

    I commute from Hillsboro (actually Orenco, old Orenco, not Orenco Station) to downtown. But I do it on MAX. ToolMan drops me off in the morning, knitting in one hand, travel mug of tea in the other and off I go. I listen to my podcasts and audio books and knit away. Same thing on the way home; and I call from 3 stops out and ToolMan meets me at the station. Takes me about 45 minutes each way; that's about 7 1/2 hours of knitting time each week. You'd think I'd be arm-pit deep in knitted things wouldn't you? But, everything has to be small and portable, so LOTS of socks, scarfs, and hats for Christmas gifts.

     
  • At 5:14 PM , Anonymous Linda G said...

    Maybe seven miles each way but it's by bus about 90% of the time. That would be too long for me unless it's just a temporary job for a short period of time or unless they are paying incredibly well. And FYI, mileage reimbursement according to the IRS is 58.5 cents a mile. I wonder where they get the idea of only reimbursing you for 12 miles out of 60? Sounds like they might be cheapstakes and that's not promising. But the bottom line for me would be -- do I REALLY want to do that particular job?

    Love ya,

     
  • At 6:14 PM , Anonymous Dave Daniels said...

    Whoa, that's a lot of driving, fuel, and, most important, TIME. My commute is an hour each way on public transportation, and I really miss those two hours a day. (I used to work three blocks from home in the previous job, and walked home for lunch.)
    If you're needing part time work, perhaps look around some more to see if there's anything more local.
    Oh, and the bad weather season is starting soon, and the commute might get trickier.
    You could always start an online business and work from home. And, write MORE books!

     
  • At 3:25 AM , Blogger Bells said...

    i get a bus that takes 25 minutes. If I drove, it'd take 20 at most in moderate traffic.

    How long would it take you?

     
  • At 8:12 AM , Blogger KnitTech said...

    It takes me 20 minutes to get to work. (40 minutes round trip.) Boise isn't exactly known for public transit, plus the time I'm at work the buses don't run.

     
  • At 9:41 AM , Blogger Donna Lee said...

    I drive 2 miles to the station and then take a 25 minute train ride to Philadelphia. I knit and listen to audiobooks and love every minute of it. I actually think seriously about changing jobs but am reluctant to take on a commute where I have to drive. My commute takes me about half an hour each way. I hadn't thought about it but that's 5 hours of knitting time each week I'd be losing.

     
  • At 9:51 AM , Blogger Paul said...

    I drive 11 miles one way to school each day, and once a week I drive 27 miles one way to the college when I direct the college/community chorus. I was tempted to actually move about 20 miles north, which would keep me about the same distance from school, and under 10 miles to the college gig, but all of my utilities are included in the rent of my apartment (including cable!), so with the rising costs of fuel oil in our area, I'm thinking I might just stay where I am and continue my commutes.

     
  • At 10:00 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

    I drive 52 miles round trip, but it's usually one day a week, until sock club and we try to carpool that week. There is no public transportation to the boonies of scappoose where I need to go.

     
  • At 10:01 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

    Oh, and if it's icy/snowy, I don't go. I will not drive over the top of Cornelius Pass in that kind of weather.

     
  • At 10:04 AM , Blogger Willow said...

    You probably won't read this now, but I'll tell you anyway. I commute less than 7 miles. I takes me 10-15 minutes. I get on the 101 and go north five exits and then it's less than a mile to school from there. Parking on PTA leadership meeting morning or a field day takes an additional 5 minutes because the parents feel free to park in the teacher parking lot.

     
  • At 8:20 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    I go thirty miles a day, round trip--but depending on the traffic, sometimes it's a long as 30-45 minutes each way. For a short time, I'd do it--for a long time, not so much... (but I saw that they're throwing more money at you--go for it!)

     
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