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Old 12-21-05, 01:08 PM
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for me at this point it's more a choise of housing and not jobs per se. i was trimmed from the budget here and am relocating (presupposing which grad school i'm getting into) to the baltimore area, and have decided that i will not live more than ~ 10 mi from work unless i have absolutley no choice. being in a place where i can't resonably commute the full distance both ways is killing me (35 mi one way, over the berkeley hills, call it 3.5 hours one way) and i am making that a major part of my housing choice when i move.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:09 PM
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it's changed me so much that I am going into a more cycling specific field.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:10 PM
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i won't ever take a job where driving all over town is a big part of the job. (i.e. local sales of sorts)

i don't mind traveling occasionally, but don't want to spend my commute, or workday driving.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by joelpalmer
for me at this point it's more a choise of housing and not jobs per se. i was trimmed from the budget here and am relocating (presupposing which grad school i'm getting into) to the baltimore area, and have decided that i will not live more than ~ 10 mi from work unless i have absolutley no choice. being in a place where i can't resonably commute the full distance both ways is killing me (35 mi one way, over the berkeley hills, call it 3.5 hours one way) and i am making that a major part of my housing choice when i move.
You should have no problem with that in Baltimore. You'll have lots of choices for housing/locations, and it's a lot cheaper than the Bay Area.
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Old 12-21-05, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas
Yes, there is a vast difference between poverty and debt. Poverty is tolerable, debt is terrible.
0 or -20
Which number is smaller?
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Old 12-21-05, 04:09 PM
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I was in the fortunate position to have two job offers in the same week a few years ago. The one that paid a little less was (is) 14 miles from home and has a commuter shower, an indoor bike rack, and is located just off a bike path. The other one paid a bit more but was in a dreadful office park 20 miles away along an interstate.

I took the bike-friendly one and I'm oh-so-glad I did.
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Old 12-21-05, 04:54 PM
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I don't have the luxury...being in the military, THEY tell ME where I am going to live (I do get SOME input...).

Keeping in shape is an obvious requirement, and for that I love my bikes!
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Old 12-21-05, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ViciousCycle
For years, I've been a Chicagoland computer consultant, and the location of my assignments is a crap shoot. Sometimes, I can use a combo of bikes and/or trains to get to work. On the other hand, last winter, I had a 70 mile a day round trip car commute. I am therefore beginning a limited job hunt to find a job in the Loop, where I could use a bike or a train to get to work every day. I could get rid of my car, and save the costs of car payments, insurance, maintenance, repairs, auto club, gasonline, licensing, etc, as well as get rid of the unpleasantness of driving a car.

However, given the current economic climate, this is psychologically a difficult step for me to take. Companies that have no history of layoffs now consider it trendy to lay off workers. And if I do get laid off and need to find a replacement job fast, I wonder how much being car-free would limit the number of job opportunities open to me. (It's thinking like this that could keep me car-dependent for the rest of my working life.)

Has anyone out there gone through the issues involved in changing one's job in order to not be dependent on a car?

Yes...

Start your own company on the side nice and slow. Build your own company with your own rules and ride as much as you can.

Riding to work and riding in general has changed my life so I had to find a way to work around my bike schedual.
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Old 12-21-05, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by eofelis
0 or -20
Which number is smaller?
Good point, unless you're Donald Trump, in which case -$900,000,000 still = living like a king.
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Originally Posted by AndyGrow
I don't have the luxury...being in the military, THEY tell ME where I am going to live (I do get SOME input...).

Keeping in shape is an obvious requirement, and for that I love my bikes!

Ah, bike commuting was so easy in the Suck, over ten years I was rarely anyplace where I couldn't ride a bike into work.
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