rrcjab writes "I am trying to find out how to set up a text-messaging server. Seems like every business has a 5-digit number you can text to sign up for updates and then they text you back regularly. I would like to set up something like this, preferably without having to pay one of the phone companies to do it for me. Is this possible?"
one thing you can not buy is more time. It wasn't clear to me whether you would actually try driving 120 miles each way, or whether you would move closer, but if it's the former, that's about 1/4 of your waking hours you'd be spending in the car. I did this for a year. It sucked.