Author Topic: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!  (Read 2645 times)

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No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« on: July 03, 2014, 09:17:33 AM »
As I've mentioned in a few other threads, hubby has been desperately seeking a job closer to home. Two years ago, when he was demobilized from active duty in the Marine Corps and returned to the reserves, he found that getting a job was much more difficult than he'd anticipated. After five months of unemployment, he landed a temporary contract job in Georgia (we live in Southern California), and moved there alone to take it. A little more than a year later, before that contract even ended, he managed to find a job back on the west coast...but 120 miles from home, on a remote Marine Corps base out in the middle of the desert. He's been doing that commute since last October. 240 miles a day.

But today, he was offered a fantastic job, in exactly the niche he's been hoping to get into, for $5,000/year more than he's making now, that's near home! It's really a $10,000 raise because of how much fuel he'll be saving. And the best part? He made some really good friends during his year in Georgia...guess where the new company is sending him for two weeks of training!

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Re: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 10:16:09 AM »
Congrats!

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Re: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 09:06:32 PM »
Sweet! The added time not commuting will be awesome too!

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Re: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2014, 09:29:18 PM »
Congratulations!  A raise, money saved and time gained equals a great win.

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Re: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2014, 09:31:27 PM »
Fantastic.. I was doing 80 miles each way and it was killing me.

Good for him to have the fortitude to do it, but even better now that he doesn't have to!

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Re: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2014, 01:11:21 PM »
This is an awesome story!

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Re: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014, 10:45:43 AM »
I've got to admit that my eyes bugged out a bit a bit at the thought of doing that commute every day. Whoa. Congrats on the better job and getting rid of the commute, not just for financial but also (mainly) for getting that many hours of life back every day. Nothing but win there.

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Re: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2014, 10:47:53 PM »
Wow!!! 240 miles a day???

That just seems unreal. Even at 80mph, that's 3 hours a day inside a car.

Glad he'll finally have a normal commute, and the extra $5k salary and however much car operating/depreciation savings are just icing on the cake! (a LOT of icing...)

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Re: No more 240-mile daily clown car commute!
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 01:14:29 AM »
That's great news! I'm not sure if he was commuting to 29 Palms, but I can see the drive from surrounding areas being a huge burden regardless of where it was to/from.