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Action Bob Markle

Music, theater, and my personal life, not always in that order. I try to keep it interesting, I rarely hold back, because one thing I truly believe in is the shared experience of this reality we call life. We're all in this together, people. More than we even know.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Charlie ain't cheap

Re: a story in today's BostonNow.

I spend $210.00 a month on my commuter rail pass, plus $4.00 a day ($20.00 a week--what a deal!) for parking for a grand total of $290.00 a month just to get to work. Gas is negligible since I live about 15 minutes from the train station by back roads. The total commute is an hour and a half door-to-door for a total of three hours a day, or 15 hours a week, which equals about two extra full working days. All for the privilege of going to a job that really isn’t that satisfying and doesn’t pay enough to meet all my monthly bills. Welcome to my life, and probably a fair number of other people’s lives, too.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous R said...

It is very common. But do something about it, not write about it. Change jobs, or pick up new skills then change jobs. Or move closer to work. etc. Go for it.

August 9, 2007 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger John Greiner-Ferris said...

I'm a divorced father who lives twenty minutes away from my high school-age daughter. Considering that she and I don't live together, it's important for me to be in her life as much as I can. When she gets her driver's license and a car I intend to move closer to the city, not only to make commuting easier, but also to have better access to the goings-on in the city.

August 9, 2007 at 5:06 PM  

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