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Long Commute April 20, 2006

Posted by Binford in Other Stuff.
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You think your commute was long?  Check out this guy:

Are you sitting down? An auto-repair company claims it has found the person with the nation's longest commute. That would be one Dave Givens, who drives 186 miles (300 KM) door to door from his ranch-style home in rural Mariposa near Yosemite National Park to his electrical engineering job at Cisco Systems in San Jose.

And you thought your commute was bad.

On any given Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, Givens reportedly spends seven hours on the road getting back and forth. He puts in a nine- to 10-hour workday, so that leaves seven or eight hours to kiss his wife, eat dinner, relax, go to bed, get up and get ready to do it all over again.

That's on a good day.

On a bad one, like last Wednesday when rain drenched the San Francisco Bay Area, Givens, who is 46, said he had to detour around accidents and drive a total of 225 miles (362 KM) —– one way —- to get home.

Most days Givens burns 12 gallons (45 liters) of gasoline, which comes to 60 gallons (227 liters) a week. With prices at the pump hovering around $3 a gallon, he's spending $180 a week —- $10,000 a year —- on gas. Perhaps it is a good thing the prize for being named winner of the "America's Longest Commute" contest is $10,000.

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I wouldn't be surprised if someone else out there puts up with an even longer commute. 

Still Bloggin’ April 18, 2006

Posted by Binford in Politics, Random Ramblings.
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Just checking my site stats and apparently you guys are still visiting on a daily basis, which means the blogging continues.  I was going to give up on this whole blog thing as work and family commitments were taking up all of my time but since you guys are still visiting, perhaps I shall continue to blog. 

So what shall I blog about today?  Well I could talk about the heartbreaking elimination of my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs from the playoffs.  They played some pretty exciting hockey down the stretch but just ran out of time.  I'm sure Ottawa Senator fans are extremely relieved at the prospect of not being eliminated by the pesky Leafs in the playoffs again.  There's a chance the Sens will play the Montreal Canadiens in the first round and I'm sure a lot of Leaf fans will be cheering for the Habs, the lesser of two evils. 

That's it for now.  Gotta get back to work.

Random Ramblings April 3, 2006

Posted by Binford in Random Ramblings.
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Anyone else as frustrated at Tim Hortons as I am?  They have all of these great prizes to give away yet they can't seem to give them away to people, namely me.  I've spent a pretty penny at various locations in Ottawa and Cornwall with nary a free coffee or doughnut.  

Congrats to my bro-in-law Lee who is starting his new job in downtown Ottawa at CGI today.  Best of luck man.

It's great to see the Toronto Maple Leafs on a roll right now.  They completely destroyed Buffalo Saturday night and face them again tonight.  Too bad they are a little late to the party and too bad they didn't try out J.S. Aubin earlier, maybe against Montreal in those back to back games a couple of weeks ago.  Things could have be really interesting as Montreal might not be in a playoff position today.  I'm kinda wondering if the Leafs would be in the playoffs right now had John Jr. had the smarts to re-sign Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts.

Remember that whole gambling controversy with Gretzky and his wife Janet?  Nope?  Me neither. 

Carley and I went on a date this weekend.  We shipped Ella off to Grandma and Bobby and went to Don Cherry's for supper and saw Inside Man at the local movie theatre.  If you want to see a smart, funny and entertaining movie you should go see this film.  Denzel Washington is great and the way they pull off the bank heist is pure genius.

The toughest decision I will ever make:  Choosing between Lost or 24 if they are ever on at the same time.