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(WTOP)   Are you stuck with a miserably hellish 2-hour commute to work? Well, you can kick your feet and whine about it, like most people, or grab some bootstraps and build yourself your own helipad, like this CEO. See, the rich really are smarter than you   (wtop.com) divider line 73
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2014-07-22 11:12:17 AM  
I used to be able to walk from the bedroom to the office without ever having to leave the house....until the economy was killed by the obstructionist democrats like Pelosi and Reid.

Now, I have to drive 1.5 miles like all the other minions.

:(
 
2014-07-22 11:20:00 AM  
Sorry, the company can't afford raises this year.
 
2014-07-22 11:34:33 AM  
Huh.

This is actually not far from my house, and conveniently next to the Gaithersburg Airpark.

Good for him.
 
2014-07-22 11:49:10 AM  
On one hand, his commuter "car" gets 2.5 mpg.

On the other hand, he intends to keep his currently 540-acre, projected 940-acre property as a farm/forest.

Conclusion: I don't think I can give a sh*t.
 
2014-07-22 01:13:48 PM  
I'm stuck with an acceptable 5 minute commute to work. By transit.

So Mr CEO can blow me.
 
2014-07-22 01:15:28 PM  

SauronWasFramed: I used to be able to walk from the bedroom to the office without ever having to leave the house....until the economy was killed by the obstructionist democrats like Pelosi and Reid.

Now, I have to drive 1.5 miles like all the other minions.

:(


SauronWasFramed: I used to be able to walk from the bedroom to the office without ever having to leave the house....until the economy was killed by the obstructionist democrats like Pelosi and Reid.

Now, I have to drive 1.5 miles like all the other minions.

:(


i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-22 01:16:05 PM  
Rich White People Problems.
 
2014-07-22 01:16:16 PM  
I really don't mind my 30 min by car/40 min by transit commute, but I telecommute enough I have no right to complain anyways.
 
2014-07-22 01:19:29 PM  
Damn maybe he can pick me up from my place on the way and drop me off in Hanover.
 
2014-07-22 01:20:02 PM  

SauronWasFramed: I used to be able to walk from the bedroom to the office without ever having to leave the house....until the economy was killed by the obstructionist democrats like Pelosi and Reid.

Now, I have to drive 1.5 miles like all the other minions.

:(


Protip: You were always a minion.
 
2014-07-22 01:20:24 PM  

groppet: Damn maybe he can pick me up from my place on the way and drop me off in Hanover.


There's a nice hay bale for you in Hanover.
 
2014-07-22 01:22:04 PM  
Hey subby, boy genius didn't build a thing. From tfa:

"An existing 6,000-square-foot concrete pad will serve as the landing pad, and the foundation of a 6,540-square-foot barn will serve as the base for a new hangar."

So much for 'strappy.

A greenlit headline Fail on Fark. Knock *me* over with a feather.
 
2014-07-22 01:22:23 PM  
what kind of stupd farker commutes 2 hours?
 
2014-07-22 01:23:55 PM  

cretinbob: what kind of stupd farker commutes 2 hours?


Weren't there a sh*tload of people working in the Bay Area in the 90s/early 00s that bought houses in like, farking Stockton?
 
2014-07-22 01:30:39 PM  
38.media.tumblr.com

"Think about this, smart guy."
 
2014-07-22 01:30:59 PM  
JK Moving Services, the Official Movers of the Washington Nationals
 
2014-07-22 01:31:09 PM  
Pretty sure he owns a bird that looks a lot like this:
upload.wikimedia.org
I see it at the Leesburg Airport every day when I get on the Bus that is the main part of my long commute every morning, always wondered whose it was
 
2014-07-22 01:32:45 PM  
Meanwhile, I can't even get the condo board to approve a bat pole for the garbage chute. I offered to pay for it and take care of any municipal paperwork, but they still said no. Lowest quote was nine grand too.
 
2014-07-22 01:33:27 PM  
I'm fine with my 10 min bike ride.

/not like I can really afford gas anyways
 
2014-07-22 01:33:39 PM  

cretinbob: what kind of stupd farker commutes 2 hours?


Same sort of guy who has nine kids.
 
2014-07-22 01:35:56 PM  
I'll be happy with my self-driving car, so I can read/sleep/jerk off on the way to work.
 
2014-07-22 01:36:39 PM  

cretinbob: what kind of stupd farker commutes 2 hours?


I don't know if it's a full two hours, but I know plenty of people who commute from NW Indiana and even southern Wisconsin to work in Chicago. In some long term "temporary" situations, I know someone who lived in Chicago and commuted to Milwaukee for work and someone else who commuted in by car and then METRA from a farm by Rockford, IL to Chicago. I imagine it's pretty bad in the NYC area as well.
 
2014-07-22 01:38:45 PM  
Or, you could not be a doucher who lives 2 hours from his job.
 
2014-07-22 01:39:25 PM  

Magorn: Pretty sure he owns a bird that looks a lot like this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x556]
I see it at the Leesburg Airport every day when I get on the Bus that is the main part of my long commute every morning, always wondered whose it was


I am guessing the police.
 
2014-07-22 01:40:42 PM  

redmid17: don't know if it's a full two hours, but I know plenty of people who commute from NW Indiana and even southern Wisconsin to work in Chicago. In some long term "temporary" situations, I know someone who lived in Chicago and commuted to Milwaukee for work and someone else who commuted in by car and then METRA from a farm by Rockford, IL to Chicago. I imagine it's pretty bad in the NYC area as well.


The only people I know of who cite having ridiculously long commutes are only obligated to actually commute INTO work once a week or less. Those who actually do it everyday must have asshole superiors or are gluttons for punishment because many jobs can be done pretty effectively at home as long as the company supports basic conferencing & instant messaging software.
 
2014-07-22 01:45:30 PM  
I had a two hour commute for just under a year, so I got a new job.

I would have built a helipad, but I hated that job anyway.
 
2014-07-22 01:45:51 PM  
Getting too crowded...

ashleyzharper.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-07-22 01:45:51 PM  
Will he car Helicopter pool?
 
2014-07-22 01:47:09 PM  
They also didn't want me to work from home, which I can do pretty often now.

I don't miss that place.
 
2014-07-22 01:47:24 PM  

Killer Cars: redmid17: don't know if it's a full two hours, but I know plenty of people who commute from NW Indiana and even southern Wisconsin to work in Chicago. In some long term "temporary" situations, I know someone who lived in Chicago and commuted to Milwaukee for work and someone else who commuted in by car and then METRA from a farm by Rockford, IL to Chicago. I imagine it's pretty bad in the NYC area as well.

The only people I know of who cite having ridiculously long commutes are only obligated to actually commute INTO work once a week or less. Those who actually do it everyday must have asshole superiors or are gluttons for punishment because many jobs can be done pretty effectively at home as long as the company supports basic conferencing & instant messaging software.


The Milwaukee guy had to go in every day of the week until his company opened a Chicago office (big company too). That was at least a year. The guy commuting in from the farm was 2-3 days a week but he was often traveling and flew out of ORD.

NW Indiana is an easy 90 minutes though, unless you want to pay out the ass for parking -- 10-15 minutes to get to the South Shore line, Anywhere from 45 minutes (Gary/Hammond) to 75+ minutes on the train, and another 10-15 walking to the office. I know more than a few people who commute in from Portage or farther.
 
2014-07-22 01:48:33 PM  

factoryconnection: On one hand, his commuter "car" gets 2.5 mpg.


But never spends much time idling or in stop-and-go traffic. No traffic lights, no roundabout routes, etc.

Ok, DC itself is restricted airspace for security reasons, but his home and office aren't in that flight path.

/Might have to circle a bit around Camp David if POTUS is there.
 
2014-07-22 01:48:56 PM  

dryknife: Getting too crowded...

[ashleyzharper.files.wordpress.com image 455x250]


Pixels, etc.
 
2014-07-22 01:51:20 PM  

Magorn: Pretty sure he owns a bird that looks a lot like this:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x556]
I see it at the Leesburg Airport every day when I get on the Bus that is the main part of my long commute every morning, always wondered whose it was


That's an insanely expensive heli, he probably has something more like a R-44.

Also, why can't I get a self flying "google car" version of something like this?
media.popularmechanics.com
 
2014-07-22 01:52:28 PM  
Just reduced my hour long commute along the freeway to fifteen minutes with a brief highway jaunt. Plus, rather than refilling my fuel tank each week for the sake of work alone, I get to once a month, saving me ~$180.
 
2014-07-22 01:52:36 PM  
c1.staticflickr.com

Meh. I can be at work in 45 seconds. Not counting the ER side trip.
 
2014-07-22 01:54:50 PM  
Smarter?  I guess if you can afford a helicopter, a helipad and the contracting co. to install it, that passes for "smart" in this country. Hero?  Seriously.  Any git with a metric f*ckton of money who gets all James Bond splashy with it is a hero?
 
2014-07-22 01:55:10 PM  
As someone who used to have a neighbor flying a helicopter out of his backyard I'm getting a kick out of this. Until one day when his copter was directly over my house and went bang very loudly.  Complete silence.  He (?) completely turned around and autorotated back home.  Never heard another helicopter.  /csb
 
2014-07-22 01:56:32 PM  

SauronWasFramed: until the economy was killed by the obstructionist democrats


thumbs.dreamstime.com
 
2014-07-22 01:57:47 PM  

Killer Cars: I really don't mind my 30 min by car/40 min by transit commute, but I telecommute enough I have no right to complain anyways.


It's slower by mass transit? Doesn't that defeat some of the purpose?

For me (I luck out, living right by one Metro stop and working right over another), it's 20 minutes by train and 40 by car - and once we factor in the cost of fares ($6 or so for the round-trip) vs the cost of parking ($12 for the day), taking the train was a no-brainer.

// of course, this is the DC area, where it can take 2 hours to go from Alexandria to Laurel
 
2014-07-22 01:58:17 PM  
I commute from Chicago to DC
 
2014-07-22 01:58:22 PM  

obamadidcoke: Rich guy flies himself to work?
Hero?


Don't forget, he is getting the county to let him land at an illegal hour when no take offs/landings allowed in his county!
 
2014-07-22 01:58:26 PM  

TheYeti: They also didn't want me to work from home, which I can do pretty often now.


I've worked a couple places where the execs freak out if they see too many empty desks.  One place was actually cool with telecommuting until they got bought and one day the new CEO walks into the IT department and asks the CIO is everyone?

I was more productive and happy at home.
 
2014-07-22 01:59:02 PM  

Killer Cars: redmid17: don't know if it's a full two hours, but I know plenty of people who commute from NW Indiana and even southern Wisconsin to work in Chicago. In some long term "temporary" situations, I know someone who lived in Chicago and commuted to Milwaukee for work and someone else who commuted in by car and then METRA from a farm by Rockford, IL to Chicago. I imagine it's pretty bad in the NYC area as well.

The only people I know of who cite having ridiculously long commutes are only obligated to actually commute INTO work once a week or less. Those who actually do it everyday must have asshole superiors or are gluttons for punishment because many jobs can be done pretty effectively at home as long as the company supports basic conferencing & instant messaging software.


I knew a guy who commuted two hours each way-- SE PA to NE NJ-- for a low-level job. Pretty sure he hated his wife and liked the excuse to be away 12 hours a day.
 
2014-07-22 02:03:06 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: [c1.staticflickr.com image 640x477]

Meh. I can be at work in 45 seconds. Not counting the ER side trip.


Fire me boy!
 
2014-07-22 02:03:53 PM  

CleanAndPure: Don't forget, he is getting the county to let him land at an illegal hour when no take offs/landings allowed in his county!


So, rich.
 
2014-07-22 02:04:18 PM  

ameeriklane: factoryconnection: On one hand, his commuter "car" gets 2.5 mpg.

But never spends much time idling or in stop-and-go traffic. No traffic lights, no roundabout routes, etc.

Ok, DC itself is restricted airspace for security reasons, but his home and office aren't in that flight path.

/Might have to circle a bit around Camp David if POTUS is there.


You'd have to be driving a Humvee, or maybe a Toro, to get mileage as bad as a chopper even with lots of idle and traffic time.

I don't know what chopper fuel costs, so I've no idea what the cost comparison would be.
 
2014-07-22 02:06:03 PM  

SuperChuck: Harry Freakstorm: [c1.staticflickr.com image 640x477]

Meh. I can be at work in 45 seconds. Not counting the ER side trip.

Fire me boy!


This is a job for Bipolar Bear!
 
2014-07-22 02:07:19 PM  
By air, it's about 11 minutes, no matter the time of day.

Still takes him 26 minutes to get to the gym.
 
2014-07-22 02:08:41 PM  

Dr Dreidel: It's slower by mass transit? Doesn't that defeat some of the purpose?


Seattle still hasn't expanded the rail to connect the city directly to the Eastside hub (a lot of supposedly "reverse commuters" here, including myself), so the "express" bus lines are all I can use. I don't mind it though since I can zone out to music or watch Netflix on my tablet instead of fighting freeway traffic behind the steering wheel. Plus, my work pays for any/all public transport I use, so it's a definite $$ saver.
 
2014-07-22 02:09:17 PM  
Let's see how funny it is now, smart guy!

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