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Old 04-19-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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I have an offer with a large hotel/gaming company in Vegas. I have a family, so I am not sure about relocating my family until I know this new job is worthwhile in the long run. Is it crazy to commute between Los Angeles and Vegas for, let's say, one year? I live very close to LAX and I would make enough to rent a small place in Vegas and cover travel costs.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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Lots of strippers and top flight club bartenders do it, depends on if you make what they do.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:34 PM
 
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Compensation will be in the low 100s
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:42 PM
 
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One of my associates at work has been doing it for three years. He goes back to OC, Rancho Santa Margarita to be exact, every Friday and leaves early monday am. It racks up a ton of miles on a gas guzzler SUV. One year is no problem.

Flying is a breeze. You'd be sitting on the 110 or 405 anyway.

Also years ago when I was doing management consulting I lived out of suitcases for a couple years and was only home on the weekends. You get used to it pretty quick.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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My wife and I commuted between Reno and Las Vegas for about four months. That's 440 miles. It got old, but you can do it. Maybe it won't take a year to decide. The usual stay-don't stay decision for Las Vegas newbies is about six months I think.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:45 PM
 
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Doable, but not advisable. My parents did this for a couple years when I was a kid and it definitely took a major toll on our family. They eventually divorced. "Out of sight, out of mind" is more common than "absence makes the heart grow fonder".

Why would it take an entire year to decide if you like the job or not? You should be able to figure it out in less than a month.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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Doable, but not advisable. My parents did this for a couple years when I was a kid and it definitely took a major toll on our family. They eventually divorced. "Out of sight, out of mind" is more common than "absence makes the heart grow fonder".

Why would it take an entire year to decide if you like the job or not? You should be able to figure it out in less than a month.
Good point, I don't think I will need a year. I am thinking 2 to 3 months, tops. I could commute until mid-summer and get the kids into schools prior to the new school year. I think, for me, the biggest obstacle is whether I would raise kids in the area. Given this, what is the best public schools from elem to high school in the area?
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Good point, I don't think I will need a year. I am thinking 2 to 3 months, tops. I could commute until mid-summer and get the kids into schools prior to the new school year. I think, for me, the biggest obstacle is whether I would raise kids in the area. Given this, what is the best public schools from elem to high school in the area?
Two to three months will be much easier on your family, but your kids will be p1ssed off if it drags on for anything approaching a year. How does your family feel about commuting, even if it's short term? That would be the biggest factor in my decision.

As for schools, there's tons of threads here discussing the best and worst areas already.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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Good point, I don't think I will need a year. I am thinking 2 to 3 months, tops. I could commute until mid-summer and get the kids into schools prior to the new school year. I think, for me, the biggest obstacle is whether I would raise kids in the area. Given this, what is the best public schools from elem to high school in the area?
Just get a home in Coronado or Palo Verde. There are two or three others. It will all work out.

If you got a smart kid send him or her to a magnet. If normal kid leave them local. If really exceptional and you make out well send the kid to Meadows.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:27 PM
 
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I lived on one coast and worked at least a third of the time on the other for 25 years. It becomes a way of life after a bit. In fact if I was actually home for more than two weeks the kids would start hinting I ought to leave town. There were the things they did when I was home and a different set when I was not.

Worked out pretty well.
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