A Company Move Like None Other

Oct 02, 2006

RAY: This puzzler was sent in by Steve Tersich.

Steve writes, "My previous company employed 60 people and the employees all worked at the corporate headquarters in the same 4000-square foot office in Bloomington, Minnesota which is a suburb of Minneapolis. We all lived in different directions, north, northwest, south, southeast, from work, with none of more than say, 20 miles away. There was no group of homes congregated in any one area, and there were no physical obstructions to anyone's commute to work like a lake, or an ocean or mountains or any of that stuff.

My company's president and owner decided it made sense, economic sense I guess, to relocate all 60 employees to another single new corporate headquarters location. And in doing so, he didn't take into account how a physical move of this nature might affect the distance traveled to work, or the commute time of the employees.

In making this move, the company president found that new headquarters was closer to his home. And it worked out great for him because he also got a brand new fancy office, with more room. But when the move to the new location was finally completed, each and every one of us employees was also now closer to home, than we had been before the move.

How could this be? We all still worked in the same office together. Just like before.
Answer: 
RAY: We moved from the 22nd floor to the 12th floor. Well it's right; it's true, isn't it?

TOM: It is true. And people didn't think of the third dimension.

RAY: They didn't think of the third, nobody ever does.

TOM: No one ever does--

RAY: Except Rod Serling.

TOM: Especially when someone's talking about lakes and rivers and stuff like that, you forced people to think in two dimensions.

RAY: It wasn't nice was it?

TOM: It wasn't.

RAY: Well, blame Steve, not me. Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yeah. The winner this week is Carl Strane from Snook, Texas, you know where that is?

RAY: No.

TOM: Neither do I. And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Carl gets a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which he can get a brand-new CD called, Once Upon a Car Fire. It's a collection of true family stories that we've told on the air over the years.

RAY: Yes, like our story about discovering how many engineers it takes to change a light bulb. Or at least how many MIT educated engineers who are friends of ours, it takes to change a light bulb.

TOM: And it's got a very funny story about how the entire staff of the show abandoned you in your hospital bed and went off to South Beach.

RAY: That wasn't funny.

TOM: I guess you had to be there. Oh and you weren't there, that's the point.

RAY: Yeah, and I paid dearly for missing that trip, 18 percent a month I think.

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