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Old 10-10-2018, 11:47 AM
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5 miles to and from work everyday (teacher)?


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Old 10-10-2018, 11:50 AM
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On temperature and roads.
If weather nice and place to walk or ride bike, yes.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:52 AM
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No. I'm not a morning person and that would require me to get up even earlier. The thought of a 5 mile walk back home after a long day too... ugh!
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:52 AM
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I originally put a hard "no", but I guess it depends on circumstances. I've (thankfully) never been in a situation where I haven't had to make that decision. Hopefully, I never will. I've always had a car or someone willing to give me a ride.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:55 AM
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Depends on other factors- my other obligations, how much I have to carry back and forth, etc etc.

I would absolutely walk 1-2 miles each way. 5 miles each way would be pushing it to do on a regular basis for me (mostly because of time involved and my other obligations), but 5 miles round trip might be in contention.


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Old 10-10-2018, 12:22 PM
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I accepted a job interview then realized the local bus stops running about five miles prior to the school. A taxi is $16 per ride, no discounts for daily obligation. My husband thinks I should keep the interview and if I'm offered the job, pay for a taxi. I honestly don't know if I could walk five miles then be ready to work each day. The weather varies so much from day to day. We have had a lot of rain this year, but more times than not it's hot and humid or cold and dreary, not a lot in between. I have a car but I don't drive on the highway due to a medical condition.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:25 PM
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I wouldn't do it and would quickly decline the job. That's a big undertaking.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:43 PM
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Five miles wouldn't have been doable for me. I think going for the interview would be okay. Maybe another job would open to you.
Any chance of riding with a neighbor or a co-worker?
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:53 PM
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with work to do at home.

What would you do if you had to catch up at some point?

Would an Uber be cheaper than a taxi? I know you are in Maryland and the humidity would be difficult to walk in, as well as pouring rain, snow, and other possible storms.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:56 PM
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Yeah, there's no way I could walk that. I think the taxi is my best option unless I can work out something with a co-worker later.


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Old 10-10-2018, 02:56 PM
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Wow....I think the taxi each day would be the only way I could do this. But as somebody else suggested, maybe after awhile, you could find somebody willing to give you a ride each day and you could buy them coffee or pay for gas now and then, etc. But, 5 miles walking with a bag of school work.....no way! Good luck....keep us updated!
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:05 PM
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If you're offered the job perhaps you could negotiate the cost of transportation for those five miles. Your time and safety must be kept in mind and both are very valuable. I would never suggest that you walk five miles. It's not reasonable.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:53 PM
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Maybe a coworker drives by the stop and could pick you up at the bus stop.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:05 PM
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I live within a five minute walk to school and no I donít walk.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:12 PM
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Ah, a "have to" walking situation (or paying $16 one way a day, plus bus costs) would not be a good thing at all. It would be better if you could find someone to carpool with somewhere along the route (you chip in gas, they drive) and use a taxi/walk as needed. If you interview and are offered, you could see about negotiating, as someone said, but if they have many candidates, they'll probably just go to the next person on the list
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:09 PM
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I would not walk 5miles each way a day, nor would I use a taxi. If you can't get to work a better way I would not take the interview,
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:05 PM
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I wish I had that kind of time. I would if I had it or didn't have transportation.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:25 PM
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I walk everywhere, including places that others tend not to define as "walking distance," so when I saw the subject line I was pretty sure I'd say yes.

But nope. That's a hard pass from me. Besides everything that's already been said, a five mile walk would take most people close to an hour and a half--on top of however long the bus takes. A four(ish) hour daily commute is unacceptable to me regardless of the mode of transportation.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:53 PM
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I think this is problematic long-term. How long does it take you to walk 5 miles? If you get held up at school, will you miss your bus?


I often walk to school during favorable weather. But it's not even 2 miles and it's a choice--one I can un-choose if it's cold, raining, etc.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:18 PM
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I am very physically active and might bike there, but no way would I walk because that would mean having to get up even earlier!

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Old 10-10-2018, 07:23 PM
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Never. I donít like long walks. In college I may have roller bladed once in a blue moon !
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:38 PM
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Walking 5 miles takes a little longer than an hour and a half and that's in good conditions. Would this be after you took the bus? If so, your commute just in one direction would be close to 2 hours, probably more and that's assuming good conditions. And then 2 hours home. Ack. No.
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:10 AM
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I used to walk 7 to 8 miles a day, but not to/from work. I could have done it in my younger days, but not now.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:07 AM
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No, this wouldn't be sustainable for me over the long term (especially since I live in Minnesota- horrible weather).

I would go to the interview, and see what happens. Perhaps a co-worker could pick you up at the bus stop?
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:44 PM
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I have decided to go to the interview to see what happens. We will make taxi fare a priority. My husband can pick me up three afternoons each week, so I only need a ride to work each day and home two days. The cab fare could be cheaper if I take the bus part way, but it will take me about two hours to get to my destinatio fifteen minutes from my house, so I am sticking with the taxi. My husband talked to them today and if I prepay, they will knock $12 off the weekly cost, give me a voucher to prioritize my ride so that I won't have to wait around for a taxi to become available. A cab will simply report at the times I indicate when I set it up.

My husband suggested paying someone we trust $100 a week (same as cab fare) to drive me. I really don't want to do that. It might help someone else, but I feel like I would be a bother and I want to be as independent as I possibly can. I hate the thought of taking a taxi, but I think it's best that way. We get bad weather in the winter, and the drive is out in a more rural area, with a large bridge over water to cross. The don't want to worry about any of my friends or family getting back and forth taking me to and fro.

If I get the job, or if I don't, I can't lose. We figured out how we will handle this hurdle if I get hired, and I would have benefits. If I don't get hired, I do have a part time position that I recently accepted that is also a pretty good deal, and is giving me experience towards a permanent position.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:27 PM
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If $400/month expenses is worth the benefits and salary, I think you have a good solution. And it's likely that you will figure out a different, more economical solution as time goes on. Good luck!
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