I have completed my first work week of commuting to work on my bike.Â Â Today was an especially hard ride home because there was a very strong wind going the opposite direction of me.Â While I was riding home I was doing a few calculations for fun.Â Let's say that for every 10 I work I will make 1.50 (based on 9.00/hr).Â Then by taking the extra 20 minutes every day I am losing 3.00 of pay every day.Â If you expand that out to 5 work days a week for 3 weeks that comes to $45.00.Â Now by the same token if I were to have driven to and from work, it would take approximately 2 gallons of gas every 3 two days, (based on 24miles/gallon).Â Therefore in 3 weeks it would cost me $32.50 to have driven.Â That is a difference of $12.50 every 3 weeks assuming I actually make the trip in 30 mins.
Having said all that.Â I still fully intend on continuing my riding every day and think that the $12.50 is considerably cheaper than a gym membership would be. So I can just think of the opportunity cost as a cheap gym membership. Â I also find that my exercise is considerably more consistent when it is something purposeful like riding to work.Â Consistency is good when it comes to exercise.
Speaking of work.Â I have a new job in Fresno that I'm not sure I mentioned.Â This job is still a software development job and he has recently (today) given me keys and alarm codes to make me a full-time employee.Â Right now that doesn't mean much, but 3 months from now as long as I'm still impressing him I should be getting benefits and a considerable rate increase over what I am making now.Â That would be wonderful.Â Especially since three months from now I should be attending Fresno State University.Â I turned in my application for that this week and should be finding out sometime in the next 3 weeks whether I will be getting in there or not.Â I also filled out the FAFSA to see if I qualify for any aid.Â I don't qualify for the Pell Grant, and they expect me to contribute $15,000 towards my education.Â That is a little over half of what Kim and I made in combined gross income last year!Â There's the efficient government for you.Â I'll see if I can get any money elsewhere.Â Maybe there is a scholoarship for a young married couple, who both work full time jobs and want to go to school.Â Anyway, Adieu.