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I’m currently in the process of interviewing for a great opportunity but the problem is it would be a pretty brutal commute.  For family reasons I am stuck living where I am now for the forseeable future and I don’t see myself finding a similar opportunity near home. The commute would be approx 1.5 hours via train each way. 

Has anyone done something like this? Is it even worth considering?

Thanks

15 hours a week minimum?

seems rough.  you’ll be able to get a lot of studying though

That’s nothing compared to emichan’s 2 hours each way.

I think its insanity, but since you can’t move, that’s life. Would it make more sense to move closer to work and commute to your family commitments?

“I can no longer obey. I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.”

I did an hour commute driving each way (two hours per day) at one point in my career for similar reasons and it was generally fine.  I think it is worth it if you really like the job, but I would try to move closer if you can as this is not a great long term situation.  The commute did start to wear on me a little as you get home late, have to leave early etc. but overall it was not as bad as I envisioned.  

Brew City… I take it your based out of Milwaukee, then?  Where’s the new job? Chicago? 

Anyway… i thought my commute was brutal.  About a 40 minute drive with traffic.  

Is it worth it?  That all depends… Is the opportunity better than what you have now?  Can you and your family handle the extra time apart? Are you being paid a good amount more?  Are your exit opportunities better? 

If the answer is “yes” to these, I would imagine it would be worth it… 

I drive into NYC everyday. I would say on average it’s 1hr 45 mins each way. Some days 1.5, some 2.5

The more money you make, the easier it is.

Benefit to public transportation is that you can sleep. But I prefer the freedom of not having to stick to a time table.

^ Where do you live, Connecticut? That’s a brutal drive. Take the Metro North like a sane person, you damn lunatic.

Would you, Quintus? Would I?

2.5 hours each way??? WTF? I’d hacksaw myself immediately.

“I can no longer obey. I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.”

I live in Central Jersey. I can take the bus and it would be an hour and 15 (because of the bus only Lane getting into the Lincoln), but Villnius don’t ride the steel coffin. (and thats an hour and 15 just to port authority only… still a 20 min walk to my job, so Im back to close to an hour and 45)

Crazy thing is I am planning on moving a little further south in the next five years to be at the beach. My average will then be around 2hrs each way. In my mind, if you love where you live, it takes the burden off of how long it takes to get to work.

If I was in some slap-dick job, I wouldn’t do it though… not worth it unless you’re getting paid. I have to make a lot of sacrifices.

Its not worth commuting that far for work unless you make enough to buy a helicopter.

“I can no longer obey. I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.”

geo wrote:
2.5 hours each way??? WTF? .

Lol, Friday afternoon shore traffic in the summer, I’ve had days its 4hrs.

geo wrote:
I’d hacksaw myself immediately.

Without my comp being what it is, I would too.

What’s the approx distance? Could you bike it?

“I can no longer obey. I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.”

geo wrote:
What’s the approx distance? Could you bike it?

~50miles door to door.

Wow. Yeah that is what it is I guess.

“I can no longer obey. I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.”

If you’re killing it, you don’t need to live in Central NJ…

Would you, Quintus? Would I?

H. P. Flashman wrote:

If you’re killing it, you don’t need to live in Central NJ…

That’s the point kiddo. I don’t need too, I want to.

you folks are crazy. i have a 10 minute commute and i hate it. you’d have to be paid like another $10-$15K per year just to make up for the commute cost (if you drive; maybe less if you don’t).

Matt Likes Analysis wrote:

you folks are crazy. i have a 10 minute commute and i hate it. you’d have to be paid like another $10-$15K per year just to make up for the commute cost (if you drive; maybe less if you don’t).

Yeah, its about 1-1.2k a month for me to drive in. Gas/Tolls/Tunnel/Parking. As I said, no way I would do it if it weren’t for the money. Bus Pass is only 360 a month. BSD’s take the ferry, thats like 650/month (Public Transportation with an on-board bar, awesome). But I don’t like having to stick to a set timetable.

villnius wrote:

That’s the point kiddo. I don’t need too, I want to.

It’s great you love where you live, but it’s still crazy to decide to spend an enormous part of your life sitting behind the wheel of a car battling traffic.

You’ve only got so much time in your life. You have made a choice to sit in a car on the highway for a massive chunk of it.

Would you, Quintus? Would I?

H. P. Flashman wrote:

villnius wrote:

That’s the point kiddo. I don’t need too, I want to.

It’s great you love where you live, but it’s still crazy to decide to spend an enormous part of your life sitting behind the wheel of a car battling traffic.

You’ve only got so much time in your life. You have made a choice to sit in a car on the highway for a massive chunk of it.

I hope to be out of this biz and semi-retired in another 10-15 years (Im 34 now).  No way I would do this past 45-50. As I said I have chosen to make some sacrifices.

villnius wrote:

I hope to be out of this biz and semi-retired in another 10-15 years (Im 34 now).  No way I would do this past 45-50. As I said I have chosen to make some sacrifices.

Ah, just the prime of your life then.

Would you, Quintus? Would I?

H. P. Flashman wrote:

villnius wrote:

I hope to be out of this biz and semi-retired in another 10-15 years (Im 34 now).  No way I would do this past 45-50. As I said I have chosen to make some sacrifices.

Ah, just the prime of your life then.

Everyone has goals and plans for their Life. Mine just don’t involve waking up and owing someone else 8-10 hours of my day when I’m 50 (or 45 if i play my cards right), even if I only had a 10min commute.

You’re paying for those hours today though. 25 years of 4 hour commutes is 26,000 hours. That’s 13 YEARS of work. Just spent in your car. So yes, retirement comes 15 years earlier, but you’ve spent those working hours in your 30s in traffic (which is worse than working IMO).

But to each their own.

“I can no longer obey. I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.”

Where are all the Californians in this thread?  I know many and most of them commute at least 2 hours each way.

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In 2008 I was driving 75 miles each way through Los Angeles.  It was generally about 90 minutes each way, unless it was a Friday before a long weekend: then it could be 3 hours to get home.

Most people were quite upset when gas prices hit $4 per gallon; I loved it: the traffic had thinned out so much that it was 65 to 75 minutes each way.

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Hours commuting in a train isn’t as bad as commuting by car.  In a train, you can use your time to read, watch a movie on your tablet or post on AF.  You have more productive options available to you.

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Where I am, many of my married coworkers live in the suburbs and if they don’t wake up before the crack of dawn, it’s an hour + into the office. I live a 15 minute drive and love it. It’s long enough for me to drink my diet coke, listen to a few songs and be at my desk.

One of my ex-girlfriends, her dad said the only thing I can’t make more of is time and that’s why I pay a premium to live 5 minutes from the office. The man had a point…

I live 10 blocks from the office. If foot traffic is bad, takes me 10 minutes to walk door to door. If not, then 7 minutes. Oh, and I make a lot of money. 

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Villnius, I have friends who live in central jersey and work in NYC.  They all take the ferry and swear by it.  

geo wrote:
That’s nothing compared to emichan’s 2 hours each way. I think its insanity, but since you can’t move, that’s life. Would it make more sense to move closer to work and commute to your family commitments?

Last Tuesday I left the office past 7 and got home around 10. Busses were late, of course.

Though I finally found a new place and am moving this weekend! Will cut my commute down to approx an hour each way (depending on traffic).

(I don’t want to live close to the office as the office is located in a sleepy community full of kids and Smug Marrieds).

iheartiheartmath wrote:

I live 10 blocks from the office. If foot traffic is bad, takes me 10 minutes to walk door to door. If not, then 7 minutes. Oh, and I make a lot of money. 

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