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Old 04-10-2012, 01:36 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by FIREd View Post
One of DW's colleagues commutes to CA from NJ every week.
I saw this with execs working in the NY area back when I worked. It was so common to be transferred to another location they were reluctant to move (sell then buy) so they just remained where they were and commuted. As I was leaving the company opened a "Latin America HQ" in South Florida, and a bunch of people did move. The office was closed 4 years later and a few were given the option to move to Brazil. The others were invited to join the ranks of the early retired.

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Old 04-10-2012, 02:17 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by MichaelB View Post
I commuted 500 miles for 1 1/2 years (lived in Caracas and worked in Puerto Ordaz). Flew out monday mornings (6:00 AM Aeropostal) and returned friday afternoons (4:45PM Avensa). I took that same Monday Aeropostal flight more than 60 times, and missed it only twice. One of the two times I was late and missed it, it was hijacked to Cuba...
I too did this for 11 months, but was 2200 miles each way each week to Toluca, Mexico. In Sunday night out Friday night. The nightmare was the drive from Mexico City to Toluca. It took 1.5-3 hours depending on Traffic. Always a crapshoot on what time I had to leave to make the airport on time. Always had a bullet proof car. Paco, my driver, liked to listen to "Azul Ochenta y Nueve." I still have that announcer's voice in my head. Never forget that.

I don't like Mexico and don't want to go back.

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Old 04-10-2012, 02:36 PM   #23
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Not sure if this counts as a 'commute':
For over two years, I would fly to China (yes, China) spend 8-10 days and then fly back to Boston for 4-5 days. Then go back. Why not stay there? Had other business in the US that required F2F.

Amassed 4 millions air miles though!
One of my golfing buddies went from St. Louis to Australia. The company he worked for provided a company plane.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:20 PM   #24
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Super Commuters Take the Morning Plane - Businessweek
Mainly, though, I'm curious about any experiences relocating to live in a retirement location way out in supercommuter territory while working through the "one more year" syndrome on the glide path to an ER date.
A friend of mine is racking up the helicopter flight hours shuttling a surgeon to his hospital every morning & evening.

Each weekday morning she drives to the airport. She flies to Molokai, picks him up at his backyard helo pad, and flies him to the Honolulu hospital. That evening she does the reverse.

The surgeon hired my friend because he's feeling too old to be able to fly his helicopter on his own.

But I don't think this example counts because that surgeon will never retire...

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #25
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I have a friend who commutes from Kent Island Md to Frederick Md every day by plane. He flies himself, lives relatively near a small airport and has his cbinet making shop right by the other airport. That's about 75 miles each way.

When I was down in Orlando earlier this year going through the time share sales pitch required to get the cheap stay in a nice place the sales guy was telling me that one of the neighbors is a surgeon who flies his float plane to Houston and back every day. Anecdotal, and from a suspect source. But if so that would be about 650 miles each way per day. Hmmm... sounds unlikely. But who knows?
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:29 PM   #26
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This is not uncommon in rural areas where the destination city doesn't have too much suburban sprawl, and there's an interstate through the rural area. I'm 2 hours from St. Louis, and I know a few in town who do this. Sitting on cruise control for 2 hours, is different than driving in stop in go traffic.

When the cost of gas exceeds the difference in home prices, it stops making sense. Some folks just have an emotional attachment to their childhood town, and won't move under any circumstances.
I have quite a few family members and a few friends that did this for years: Drove 2ish hours into St. Louis every day to work construction or at a car factory then 2ish hours back home every evening. Some for 20 years. Not so many any more with gas prices rising, factories closing and new construction jobs hard to find.

I used to wonder how they did it; but, other than the commute from my bed to my home office on those rare days that I am not traveling, I have not actually w*rked in my home state in over five years. Probably 30% of the time not even in the USA. This year I am both a 1K flier with United and a Platinum flier with American. Just one more year/dollar/something.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:42 PM   #27
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I've sorta the super-commute thing twice for about 6 months at a time.

The last time was over 20 years ago thank goodness. Every Monday I'd fly from Houston to Baton Rouge on the red-eye flight, working that afternoon, then long days through Friday afternoon when I'd fly home.

I hated it.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:49 AM   #28
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I still do the 700 mi round trip from Louisiana to Houston every week, but not sure if I fall into the category of "supercommuters", as I'm drive to Houston on Mondays and drive home on Thursdays, so my daily average is only 175 miles. (My daily Houston commute is ~3 blocks). As another poster stated, there is a HUGE difference between driving in downtown, stop-and-go traffic and driving in the "put-it-on-cruise-control-and-solve-the-problems-of-the-world" mode. For the record, the stretch between Laffayette, La and Lake Charles, La is straight as an arrow, mainly through rice fields, and is the most dangerous strech for me due to abject boredom.

Funny how time slips away - thought I'd be doing this job for a year, and Monday was my 4 year anniversary.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:15 PM   #29
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Commuting is very common in the airline industy. I commuted 1200 miles 3 times a month for 24 years. The only way I will get on an airplane now is with a gun pointed at my head.
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I use to be a super non-commuter when I was single and saving up. I had a job for a few years where I would be regionally relocated every six months or so within a fairly small area. If I were to commute it would only have been 10-30 miles depending on where I was moved. But instead I would pack up all my stuff (pretty much clothes, laptop, desk, bed and minimum kitchenware) and get a new apartment within a mile or so of wherever they moved me.

I just hate rush hour that much.
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Wow. Incredible.
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Amassed 4 millions air miles though!

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