Sunday, April 27, 2008
What is your time worth?
I was talking to my friend Amy on the phone last night. Amy is a bartender in a restaurant at a public golf club about 45 minutes away from her home. She often calls to chat on the way home to pass the time, and also to help keep awake since she does travel over some empty stretches of road until she gets on the highway. I don't mind late night calls, that's what friends are for. Anyway...once she was on the highway and passing gas stations, she kept telling me the prices as it differed from each one. We all know gas prices are out of control, but for once, something in NJ is usually less expensive than elsewhere in the U.S. Plus, we don't have to even pump it ourselves. We got to talking about an item in the news this week: service stations on the Garden State Parkway and the NJ Turnpike can only change (read: raise) their prices once a week, I think it's Friday that it occurs. So, the word was prices were going to jump up about a quarter, and people were lining up at those stations before the prices raised to get in on the "cheap" gas. Cars were lined up at the pumps, sometimes 20 cars deep or longer. I don't know about you, but unless my tank was near empty and the next station was miles away, I would never wait in that long a line to save a couple bucks. Perhaps it is a nod to my at times rather impatient nature, and wanting immediate gratification, but I'm not doing it. Amy agreed...her time was worth more too. So I ask...what's your time worth? What would you wait in line for, and what would you never wait for?