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Old 05-26-2007, 11:51 AM   #11
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Putting aside all the things that make gas prices higher, I think one reason that $3.50 gal gas affects us more than $7 gal gas does a Scotsman is 1) the longer distances for commuting here in the US and 2) the ineffectiveness of mass transit as a viable means to alleviate it, out in the country. Here in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton there aren't enough riders going to common destinations to make busses viable. There is no way for me to cover my 39 mile (each way) commute other than get in a car and drive it.


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Great point, Mosca - I think if gas prices get much higher (and I think they will), companies are going to continue to expand telecommuting opportunities to their employees. I know in some cases based on the nature of the work of specific jobs, this isn't practical, but there are alot of jobs that can be done just as effectively from a worker's home via a VPN connection to their workplace as driving into the office 5 days a week to do it. Particularly "phone heavy" jobs - the technology is available for an employee to receive the same calls via a VoIP connection to the company's PBX at home the same way they receive them at their place of work.
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Great point, Mosca - I think if gas prices get much higher (and I think they will), companies are going to continue to expand telecommuting opportunities to their employees. I know in some cases based on the nature of the work of specific jobs, this isn't practical, but there are alot of jobs that can be done just as effectively from a worker's home via a VPN connection to their workplace as driving into the office 5 days a week to do it. Particularly "phone heavy" jobs - the technology is available for an employee to receive the same calls via a VoIP connection to the company's PBX at home the same way they receive them at their place of work.
UGH!!! VoIP is the work of the devil!!!!...needs to be banned!!!
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:16 PM   #13
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Putting aside all the things that make gas prices higher, I think one reason that $3.50 gal gas affects us more than $7 gal gas does a Scotsman is 1) the longer distances for commuting here in the US and 2) the ineffectiveness of mass transit as a viable means to alleviate it, out in the country. Here in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton there aren't enough riders going to common destinations to make busses viable. There is no way for me to cover my 39 mile (each way) commute other than get in a car and drive it.


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Or move closer to work.
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:27 PM   #14
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I already work from home a few days a week. As long as you can get everything done that you can in the office (and are trustworthy) I don't see why it's a big deal.
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Old 05-26-2007, 06:21 PM   #15
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Or move closer to work.
Or... interview and get accepted at a job that is 10 minutes/7.5 miles from home and pays almost twice as much!

I let the old employer know on Tuesday, this will be interesting.


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The problem is that gas is 3.09 at 7 AM in the morning and 3.49 at 9 AM. We were unhappy when it was 3.09, and more unhappy when it jumps to 3.49, but if they leave it at 3.49 for a week then reduce the price back to 3.09, we're suddenly happy that the gas is so cheap, when all along the gas is still probably .60 a gallon overpriced at 3.09. And it's frustrating because there is really nothing any of us can even do about it except complain!
Great point, in fact, if the government removed the gas rape tax they receive for doing nothing, 100% pure profit, then when they raised the gas prices, it would only be $3.09. I'd be interested to see who makes more off of gas, the gas companies or the government? Wouldn't it be funny if the gas companies do ALL the work & the government makes more money!!! Let me know what you find out.

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Or... interview and get accepted at a job that is 10 minutes/7.5 miles from home and pays almost twice as much!

I let the old employer know on Tuesday, this will be interesting.


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Wow! Good luck!
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I let the old employer know on Tuesday, this will be interesting.


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Mosca. How amazing! Great Luck! I hope you don't have to move (Ha!Ha!)
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That's one area that I think is perposterous. For instance, on one part of my work - home journey, I pass two BP stations about 1 mile apart on the same road. The first station is ALWAYS about 10 cents cheaper then the second. Why?

When they say the gas stations don't individually set the prices, that's a bunch of shit.
I agree 1000% brother... it is a bunch of crap.. right now our gas prices here right out the road from me is at $3.19... WHAT IS IT IN YOU GUYS/GALS AREA AS OF RIGHT NOW?
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I agree 1000% brother... it is a bunch of crap.. right now our gas prices here right out the road from me is at $3.19... WHAT IS IT IN YOU GUYS/GALS AREA AS OF RIGHT NOW?
been holding at 3.09 for 2 weeks now
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