Dan757! You are a straight shooter.
This thread was intended to be a place to post videos about NJ in the New Jersey forum. Theres another valid and mature thread in this section to discuss what this has degenerated into. Here's a simplified road map, links in other words, to help disoriented members find their way on this diversified forum: Your Community
links one to the forum section that includes the states that the Mayor had the foresight to identify as extended members of the NEPA community. This is but one area listed in the various sections comprising the Board Index
that sprang from participants that came here to talk coal.
In the mid 80's I once did a simple calculation of what the benefits would be for me to move a mere 20 minutes one-way trip west into PA. Now, hear me clearly, I NEVER bash people no matter where they live. It is a basic tenet of USA's freedom to be able to live where one wants to in this great country and, yes, say what they will about it. Having said that, back to my calculation. I was prompted to do this assesment because of all my friends that moved west to PA to take advantage of the real-estate disparity at the boarder area at that time. It bought them more land and/or bigger digs for the money. At that time the cost to me for the added round trip time 5 days a week was nearly an ENTIRE YEAR, 24X7, OF MY LIFE
That didn't include round trips for OT at the NJ manufacturing job I still have after three and a half decades or visiting family. 365 x 24 hours in a vehicle. I could still drive my junk - never had nor needed anything shy of 10 -20 yrs old. It's nice stuff to have now but not necessary. I spent the difference on time with my kids as they grew up because I was home with them and my wife for another 40 minutes a day. What's that worth in $s? I couldn't find the variabls for that equation. These are just a few of the cost the comuting NJ emigrants are willing to spend to keep their jobs in NJ. I've added up what those friends have 'saved' by the move. I didn't buy it. It's not what you think, more like pay me now or pay me later and with what type of wampum. I'm either lucky or, well, I've been blessed no matter where it goes from here.