21. April 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

Drew, over at Adaptistration, has an entry called Gigs After Gas. (HAH! I first called it “Gigs FOR Gas” and someday it just might come down to that, you know?) Check out what he has to say. Run the calculator

One thing you have to also add in, as Drew acknowledges, is travel time. When I drive by myself to San Francisco I allow a lot of extra time; I don’t want to be the one who shows up late due to an accident so I play it real safe. I used to leave 2 1/2 hours ahead of time. Really. It meant I usually had a ton of time to spare, but it was worth it to not stress out. (Traveling with others enabled leaving later, as I knew we were all in the same boat car so I’d stress less.) The drive home was usually about an hour (unless I ran into road construction, which did happen on occasion). So that added 3 1/2 hours of time to the gig. Time is worth $$, of course. Another addition, for me at least, is “How many students will I cancel for this?” The final question is, “Will I go crazy at this job?” (Yes, it can happen … I turn into someone I don’t know for a while.)

Gigs After Gas is a useful tool, and all travelers should check it out. I’ll put a link up on a sidebar so it’ll be easy to find when this blog entry scrolls out of sight. The super deluxe calculator is here. And it’s all free!

Thanks, Drew!


  1. “Gigs FOR Gas” – Ha! Or as my wife called it the “GAG Calculator” as in ” I pay that much for gas just to get to this crummy gig?”

  2. Heh … yes, I would gag if I played gigs at a distance these days. I am truly blessed to live so close to work. I had sympathy for the commuters before … and with gas prices now, they get even more. (And I’m sure thankful for our Prius!)