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How long of a drive to work?
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Mike in NY    Posted 05-21-2003 at 14:20:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey everyone.Just curious how far you drive to get to your job.I myself am moving in about two months and will be driving about 75 miles one way to work. Mike

magpie    Posted 05-24-2003 at 06:42:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats a long drive to work, I personally wouldn't do it. I go about 10 miles and I feel thats too far.

Mike in NY    Posted 05-24-2003 at 18:57:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
magpie, Its definitley a long haul.Its a sacrafice I,m gonna make so we can buy our farm we always wanted.I hopefully will find work closer soon.Mike

magpie    Posted 05-24-2003 at 20:22:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hope you can eventually find something closer Mike. The thought of making 75 miles after a days work would make me ill. Be dang carefull about fallin asleep. You will be putting over 36000 miles per year on your vehicle, so it had better be a good job. I hate to rain on your party cause I know you want to farm, but 75 miles 1 way is a stretch.

Tina-NY    Posted 05-25-2003 at 21:10:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
actualy we arent going to be 'farming' in the real sense but rather just trying out a lil of this and a lil of that. Basicaly we want all that property for the privacy, horses, animals and hunting plus with 4 kids they are always into doing some thing or another like dirt bikes that we need room for. In our area of NY(1.5 hrs from NYC) there is no way we could afford a quality 20 acres for the price of the awsome 100 acre farm we are buying upstate. Mike would never make the money he makes downstate since its constrauction and there is almost no new construction upstate. We will probably need to replace cars every few years and we need to have a tow and rental plan on our insurance. Its a huge sacrifice but one thats got to be done to live where we dream of being and where we want the kids to grow up. Hopefully sometime in the near future we will be able to make enough money working upstate to live on but as it looks now it wont be for a while. I do worry about him driving so far thou and have made arrangments for him to be able to stay downstate if he is really beat or the weathers bad so thats a good thing.

suska    Posted 05-23-2003 at 03:46:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have about 65 miles. That's about 1 1/2 hours one way. 20 miles a beautiful mountain road. Have lived here since 12-02. Looking for another means of supporting ourselves.

Dave Olson    Posted 05-22-2003 at 18:07:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Mike,

My office is in the basement of my house! I think fourteen steps. My shop is a little farther away (6 blocks). I live in a small town in East-Central Illinois (we don't even have a stop light)!

I've had my own business for almost 20 years. In my younger years I thought success would come from climbing the corporate ladder. I found more than once that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall!

When I worked in Chicago (late 60's) I drove about 1-1/2 hours each way (only in good weather). I missed many hours with my kids when they were growing up! :-(

Dave Olson

Mike in NY    Posted 05-22-2003 at 18:41:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dave, it must be nice working from home.I sheetrock & spackle houses so I have to go where the work is.I hear what you say about the missed hours with the kids,there only young once. Mike

You mean...    Posted 05-22-2003 at 03:38:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm supposed to drive from the computer to the yard?


Tina-NY    Posted 05-24-2003 at 21:00:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have tried finding some homebased bizz to start up but after spending some money on scams we havent found anything that really works. We have dreamed of our own farm for so long and having Mike(by the way he is my hubby) make the drive is the only way we can do it, there is no other way at this point since the work he does is far. If I may ask, what is it that you do at home? I would love to find something thats actualy not a work at home scam.

Errin OH    Posted 05-21-2003 at 19:19:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I started out as the only guy in five states workin from home. Then they open an office and it was just a short 35-40 min drive. But some suit decided it need to be closer to his upscale home and moved it to the other side of Cleveland. So now I am runnin 80 miles (1.5 hour) each way almost five years now.

Clipper    Posted 05-21-2003 at 18:51:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
4 vehicle needed.

Yankee    Posted 05-21-2003 at 17:45:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not really to far for me.35 minutes and 28 miles.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-21-2003 at 17:19:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do the commute from HE--. Fourty miserable miles each direction. Take Hwy. 66 to work and the Turnpike home. Seems I am lots more interested in returning home that going to the town job at 4:am.

rhudson    Posted 05-21-2003 at 17:10:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
been driving 75 miles oneway for over 15 years now. southcentral virginia, unemployement hovers between 11 and 15%. tied to the land so movement is out of the question. i have a very good job with lotts of flexablity. don't mind the drive in the morning, i can get my thoughts together. its a drag sometimes in afternoon or late at night. the price of fuel could crimp my lifestyle if it went up alot. listen to a lot of talk radio. i've gone through all the books on tape that the libraries have in four towns.

Ron,Ar    Posted 05-21-2003 at 17:02:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I walk across the street. less than a block, benefit of living and working in small town

Randy    Posted 05-21-2003 at 16:18:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Some of my lawns are only a mile or so away. The farthest about 15. The good part now is I'm working with my nephew and he does all the driving!

DeadCarp    Posted 05-21-2003 at 16:04:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to drive about 25 miles and always had riders. Lotsa people start a carpool when they move way out. If you're a good driver, it saves money for everybody, helps relieve the boredom (after a couple years there aren't 2 jokes you haven't heard :) and makes payments so you can drive a newer car on weekends. I'd do it again :)

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 05-21-2003 at 15:38:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been driving 30 miles each way(45 minutes) for over four years now. That may all end June 30 though. When I worked in Texas City I was driving 75 miles each way and normaly working 10 to 12 hour days. I have also worked Freeport and had to drive 112 miles each way, now that was a drive that took me right across down town Houston. Sure hope I do not have to start doing that all over again.

Darryl    Posted 05-21-2003 at 14:55:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I drive about 12 - 13 miles each way. All secondary paved state road, but no real traffic. I used to commute with my Dad about 55 miles to downtown St. Louis, but thankfully haven't had to do that for about 18 years now. Traffic is much worse now than it was then and we figured we spent almost three hours a day just sitting in a car. A grand waste of time, cars and gas. I can work closer to home for a little less and come out ahead moneywise and most definitely with less stress.

Scott Hansen    Posted 05-21-2003 at 14:53:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
20 minutes. 21 on a bad day.

steve II JD4000    Posted 05-21-2003 at 14:23:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
75 miles ??!?!? how many hrs will you work a day? 12 hrs and 4 days a week?
I 'd better have a car that takes alot less gas like 35-40 gallon mile!! 75 miles will be too far for me I drive 30 miles but will be moving soon too later fall time.

Mike in NY    Posted 05-21-2003 at 16:35:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Steve II ,I generally work 10-14 hours a day,4 days a week.I'M self employed so I can make my own hours.I'll for sure need a better gas efficient truck once I move. Mike in NY

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