call it potatography
I thought about buying a house that is about a half hour commute from my workplace but in the end i could not justify it.
With my pay structure, i cant afford a mortgage on a house in the town i live in. But the added costs of gas may as well be applied to a house here when i can afford it.
Though of course if the government ran it, it'd be bankrupt within hours.
About an hour round trip for my wife, very much the norm here in rural New England. I know lots of people who do twice that. Up here, the good jobs are clustered in the cities. Many folks couldn't sell there house and move closer in this market even if they wanted to. Plus, to live in the same town as the best jobs will cost you twice what you pay to live in an outlying town... way more then it costs you to commute.
And forget about public transportation. Rural American Eff Yeah!
This guys seems to have chosen this by moving to the country. If he think's it's worth it, good for him.
My commute is 50 mi each way, but is all interstate travel at 70-80. Takes me about 35-45 minutes each way. I do it because I have a very good job in an area I don't want to live. I would like to move a bit closer to make it like 35 mi each way, but that will have to wait for a bit.
Of course I'm not one to talk: I live a 1 mile walk to the train, and in my previous house I lived 1.5 miles from a train station. But I really like my job and they're not moving, and they encourage people being in the office.
Not an enthusiast.
If these people lack the education, skills, and compunction to use the resources available to them to get to a good paying job; this is is not a failure inherent in the readily available public transit systems.
60mi each way 3 days a week for my internship, 45 mi each way 2 days a week for my paid job, and 40mi 2 days a week for class. With my jobs, school, and driving back and forth to school on random days and weekends for all my projects (2-weeks left before I graduate cross-fingers) I have racked up 5190 of the 5200 miles on my Jetta in the past 6 weeks.
At 30mpg with gas prices avg about $3.85 that is: $666.05. I am kind of upset I did the math,
The worst isn't the mileage though. If anyone drives on 422 & 76 they know what I am talking about. It takes 2-2.5hrs to do the 60mi for my internship in the mornings (w/ no traffic I can do it under an hr). In the evenings it takes closer to 3hrs and god forbid someone gets in an accident than I'm looking at 3+hrs.
Hi my name is Idiot and I'm an Dave
The good news: I gave up on being one of the cool kids!