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Rob Gerichs: Seeing the silver lining
Rob Gerichs: Seeing the silver lining
Rob and Megan Gerichs are enjoying the benefits of public transit on the Big Island.
Real estate agent, 28, Honolulu, Hawaii

My wife and I are fortunate enough to live in Honolulu, Hawaii. We have a 4-cylinder Honda Accord that I drive, and my wife takes the bus to and from work everyday.

We have one of the best public transit systems in the nation which makes getting around the island a breeze. Since I'm in real estate there are days where I have to show larger groups of people around, and when that happens I just rent a SUV for the day.

We pay some of the highest prices in the nation for gas, but it's not a real big concern to us. We see more of a petroleum impact in the price of the foods we eat than in the gas we buy for our car.

We think the silver lining with the gas prices is that it's finally getting the auto manufacturers to make vehicles that are more fuel efficient. However, that takes time and right now my wife and I sympathize for the families that have two cars and a long commute.

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Last updated September 25 2008: 3:44 PM ET
 
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