||[Nov. 18th, 2010|07:39 pm]
I was offered a temp part-time job eight miles away starting at 7am. If I got my 'in-work benefits' calculations right, after bus fare I'll make a profit of £4 a week over my unemployment. However, I can't take one minute's overtime over the 15 hours, or I'll start to make a loss in council tax and housing benefit. They had an 18-hour week as well, but that's not possible. I said I'd have to check that there was a 6am bus before I could take it and they didn't seem pleased, so it's probably gone already.
Now a question - theoretically, I could cycle there. It would be hellish before dawn at winter along some busy city roads, but it's just about manageable. However, the last time I cycled that sort of distance, I ate about £5 extra food (I went 22 round-trip miles to college, stopped at a supermarket on the way back and ate a whole pizza, a steamed pudding and two sausage rolls. And chips on the way there).
I think I would probably get through the £3.70 a day bus fare in extra cycling food - or would it taper off after a while? I'm not sure it would in winter, especially as I am small and have a metabolism disorder that makes me weaken easily. Even the 3 miles I normally cycle requires an extra egg for breakfast. I'd hate to think what 8 miles before dawn, three hours' work then another 8 back would do. Plus the fear and miserableness of such a ride.
(I also got an offer for a job in Tuscany in January, but I can't afford the plane fare for that. I was hoping to spend last few months temping and saving but there are no full-time temp jobs out there).