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2012-11-21 07:59:25 PM  
Walk.
 
2012-11-21 08:00:05 PM  
And this is exactly why I'm debating becoming a panhandler with a harmonica and three-legged one-eyed dog

surely I can make enough around touristy areas to drink myself into oblivion every day, can't I?

who doesn't love three-legged one-eyed dogs? Give me a dollar, lady, or I'll continue with my captain beefheart/ornette coleman harmonica skillz.

two dollars perhaps?
 
2012-11-21 08:01:27 PM  
My commute to work looks something like the photo below.

Enjoy your drive!

reveriehound.com 

/ You wheezing fat-ass!
 
2012-11-21 08:02:14 PM  
Or bike.
 
2012-11-21 08:02:49 PM  
I like walking.
 
2012-11-21 08:03:56 PM  
I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.
 
2012-11-21 08:08:38 PM  
Which is why I insisted on living near mass transit and close as possible to my workplace. (Just moved to DC.) Driving in traffic nearly gives me an aneurysm.
 
2012-11-21 08:09:36 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.



Same here, but sometimes I can't decide whether I work from home, or home from work.
 
2012-11-21 08:09:37 PM  
Mass Transit is Necessary.
 
2012-11-21 08:10:12 PM  

Amos Quito: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.


Same here, but sometimes I can't decide whether I work from home, or home from work.


But you're a Republican, so there's that.
 
2012-11-21 08:12:10 PM  

Indubitably: Amos Quito: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.


Same here, but sometimes I can't decide whether I work from home, or home from work.

But you're a Republican, so there's that.



Me? A farkking Repugnican?

You're a hoot, Indub!
 
2012-11-21 08:13:18 PM  

Amos Quito: Indubitably: Amos Quito: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.


Same here, but sometimes I can't decide whether I work from home, or home from work.

But you're a Republican, so there's that.


Me? A farkking Repugnican?

You're a hoot, Indub!


Troll-then.
 
2012-11-21 08:13:33 PM  
Wake up too early, fight rush hour, work like a dog, get overpriced lunch, work like a dog, make some douche rich, fight rush hour, get home, wife biatching, smoke bowl, life better.

/Welcome to your life.
 
2012-11-21 08:14:58 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Which is why I insisted on living near mass transit and close as possible to my workplace. (Just moved to DC.) Driving in traffic nearly gives me an aneurysm.


Indubitably: Mass Transit is Necessary.


The best thing about public transit for me is being able to read while traveling. That's forty more minutes of reading I can get in every day and a huge sum over time.
 
2012-11-21 08:14:58 PM  
If people in the left lane don't get over when I'm coming up behind them at 80 miles per hour because I'm in a hurry to get to work and I have no time to put up with all you slow people that can't drive right!
Then its going to be the death of someone all right!


am I doing it right???
 
2012-11-21 08:15:09 PM  
I wonder how much commuting is really necessary. I would think most office drone type jobs could be done from home. Sure would save a lot of people a hell of a lot of money, time, and stress.
 
2012-11-21 08:15:28 PM  

Indubitably: Amos Quito: Indubitably: Amos Quito: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.


Same here, but sometimes I can't decide whether I work from home, or home from work.

But you're a Republican, so there's that.


Me? A farkking Repugnican?

You're a hoot, Indub!

Troll-then.


P.S. I've moved to Teaching, rather than Trolling, lately, you?
 
2012-11-21 08:17:32 PM  

Seth'n'Spectrum: TofuTheAlmighty: Which is why I insisted on living near mass transit and close as possible to my workplace. (Just moved to DC.) Driving in traffic nearly gives me an aneurysm.

Indubitably: Mass Transit is Necessary.

The best thing about public transit for me is being able to read while traveling. That's forty more minutes of reading I can get in every day and a huge sum over time.


AND:

It adds to your cranium and experience of people. Good for you, reader; just don't read Foxxy, okay? Thank you.
 
2012-11-21 08:17:51 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.


I did that for a few years and the lack of movement became a serious detriment.


/ I dunno if detroitdoesntsuckthatbad but I was living in Bloomfield Hills and it did not suck that bad
 
2012-11-21 08:21:07 PM  

DownDaRiver: If people in the left lane don't get over when I'm coming up behind them at 80 miles per hour because I'm in a hurry to get to work and I have no time to put up with all you slow people that can't drive right!
Then its going to be the death of someone all right!


am I doing it right???


How about no? If you lack the ability to properly coordinate your life's activities then why should that impact me? Rather than expect others to accommodate your short comings why not just swallow a bullet and thereby help all mankind?
 
2012-11-21 08:21:58 PM  
Much worse than getting stuck in traffic is driving on the expressway at 75 mph with about half a car length of separation - front and back. Any more separation and a car from the next lane will wedge themselves in. Then traffic suddenly stops. Then traffic is moving 75 mph again. Rinse and repeat for an hour.


/ did a one hour high speed commute (in a Mustang GT) for four years
// accident-free, but needed every bit of horsepower to avoid getting into multiple accidents
/// new job is a nice relaxing train ride
 
2012-11-21 08:22:31 PM  

jaytkay: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.

I did that for a few years and the lack of movement became a serious detriment.


/ I dunno if detroitdoesntsuckthatbad but I was living in Bloomfield Hills and it did not suck that bad


Thankfully I live in Portland so I only drive when absolutely necessary, walk/transit everywhere I need to go. Even with all the excellent beer here I still stay reasonably healthy.

/grew up in GP, which doesn't suck bad either
 
2012-11-21 08:25:25 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: jaytkay: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.

I did that for a few years and the lack of movement became a serious detriment.


/ I dunno if detroitdoesntsuckthatbad but I was living in Bloomfield Hills and it did not suck that bad

Thankfully I live in Portland so I only drive when absolutely necessary, walk/transit everywhere I need to go. Even with all the excellent beer here I still stay reasonably healthy.

/grew up in GP, which doesn't suck bad either


//is there a job there for me? i want one, please. thank you.
 
2012-11-21 08:26:26 PM  
Traffic finally drove me from Miami.
 
2012-11-21 08:26:28 PM  

Indubitably: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: jaytkay: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I work from home, that walk from the couch to the keurig to the computer is a killer.

I did that for a few years and the lack of movement became a serious detriment.


/ I dunno if detroitdoesntsuckthatbad but I was living in Bloomfield Hills and it did not suck that bad

Thankfully I live in Portland so I only drive when absolutely necessary, walk/transit everywhere I need to go. Even with all the excellent beer here I still stay reasonably healthy.

/grew up in GP, which doesn't suck bad either

//is there a job there for me? i want one, please. thank you.


///I wanna be there when the wave hits.
 
2012-11-21 08:28:19 PM  
Given that driving is up there as one of the most high-risk activities anyway, it doesn't surprise me that the more miles you drive the higher your chances of injury, nor do the medical problems surprise me given the road rage I see in some places.

/Normally have a relatively smooth 80-85mph 20 min commute without many traffic surprises.
//Even the left lane hoarders are easily passable most days with a bit of patience; spend most of the time on cruise in the middle lane.
 
2012-11-21 08:30:31 PM  
I got a new job this year. I went from a 14 mile one way commute to a 1 mile commute, which I usually walk rather than drive.

$3000 more a year salary, $50 more per month from gas savings and a fantastic walk to and from work in a historic district. Life is good.
 
2012-11-21 08:32:26 PM  

El Dudereno: I wonder how much commuting is really necessary. I would think most office drone type jobs could be done from home. Sure would save a lot of people a hell of a lot of money, time, and stress.


I think that's the way of the future once the current generation of bosses die out.

I work from home for my company -- in fact, over 1,000 miles away. While there are somethings that are easier to handle face to face, I think I'm more productive without having any of the distractions of the workplace, none of the pointless meetings, etc.
 
2012-11-21 08:35:44 PM  
To walk
 
2012-11-21 08:44:06 PM  
commute? wtf is that?
 
2012-11-21 08:48:14 PM  
I'd love to work from home but the booths and the mop are all at the store.
 
2012-11-21 08:49:09 PM  

El Dudereno: I wonder how much commuting is really necessary. I would think most office drone type jobs could be done from home. Sure would save a lot of people a hell of a lot of money, time, and stress.


One word: Authoritarians.
 
2012-11-21 08:49:09 PM  
i160.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-21 08:50:19 PM  
About a year ago, I tried an experiment - my usual drive is partly interstate highway, partly surface streets. I just started driving closer to the posted speed limit, not more than 10 over on the interstate, not more than 5 over on the surface streets. Except when turning left, I stay in the right-hand lane. If someone wants to pass, I let them, if they signal, they will probably get room from me.

Result - I am MUCH calmer, and my drive is about the same - I can make my 18 miles, with a stop for coffee and/or gas, in 45 minutes or less, unless there's a wreck or other screw-up.

I am looking for a change in the next few months, and I am definitely looking at either a shorter commute, something on mass transit, and/or telework, if I can make that work out. If there were something worthwhile within walking distance, that would be O.K., too. But the way drivers are around here, biking and scooters are out.
 
2012-11-21 08:51:54 PM  
One major criterion when I bought my house: I don't ever want to drive to work on the freeway. I paid quite a bit more than the guys who commute an hour and a half each way, and the house isn't anything to brag about. But I do get to see my wife at lunchtime. So there's that.
 
2012-11-21 08:52:52 PM  

Unobtanium: About a year ago, I tried an experiment - my usual drive is partly interstate highway, partly surface streets. I just started driving closer to the posted speed limit, not more than 10 over on the interstate, not more than 5 over on the surface streets. Except when turning left, I stay in the right-hand lane. If someone wants to pass, I let them, if they signal, they will probably get room from me.

Result - I am MUCH calmer, and my drive is about the same - I can make my 18 miles, with a stop for coffee and/or gas, in 45 minutes or less, unless there's a wreck or other screw-up.

I am looking for a change in the next few months, and I am definitely looking at either a shorter commute, something on mass transit, and/or telework, if I can make that work out. If there were something worthwhile within walking distance, that would be O.K., too. But the way drivers are around here, biking and scooters are out.

Thank you.

 
2012-11-21 08:53:52 PM  
route 80 in NJ bumper to bumper at 80MPH Death Race mon-fri. insanity. even sicker when you see that line of speeding cars have to lock up their brakes and the cars ass ends jump up in the air. so sick. is why so may buy Huge SUVs. for self defense.

sick sad world - we're doing it wrong.
 
2012-11-21 08:54:31 PM  
The best part about walking is laughing as you pass all of the cars that aren't moving
 
2012-11-21 08:55:41 PM  
I suspect the issue has more to do with the personalities of those involved than the long commute itself. My commute is 48 miles each way and I have been doing it for 8 years now but I cant remember the last time I had anything resembling road rage, or even anger while driving. If anything I would think folks who drive farther would be calmer. Its hard to get worked up about someone cutting you off and delaying you 2 seconds if your commute is almost 50 miles. It just doesnt mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Myself I view the drive as one of those rare opportunities to get some peace. There are no wife and kids making noise, no obnoxious coworkers in my face. I can just kick back and enjoy the drive.
 
2012-11-21 09:01:27 PM  
I used to drive 15 miles to work, took about 90 minutes. Average 10 mph is just ridiculous, so we moved house. I can now walk to work and my husband either takes the train to his workplace 45 miles away or takes his car if he feels like it. It takes him less time to go 45 miles than it took for me to go 15 miles. We had to compromise a larger house in a quiet suburb for a smaller house in the city centre and we're very happy that we did.
 
2012-11-21 09:02:37 PM  
I sleep on the bus.

/fortunately my job does not involve driving busses
 
2012-11-21 09:03:39 PM  
Jocundry: I got a new job this year. I went from a 14 mile one way commute to a 1 mile commute, which I usually walk rather than drive.

$3000 more a year salary, $50 more per month from gas savings and a fantastic walk to and from work in a historic district. Life is good.


Bastard :P

// went from a 20 mile commute to a 14 mile commute when I bought a condo.

I could have opted for the condo that was just 3 miles from work, BUT that would have been an extra ~$50,000 and as a young previously poor man using money from stock options (became valuable during the .com boom) as a down payment, an extra $50k getting tacked onto the loan was daunting sum.

// in retrospect, I should have done it because I got a big ass promotion a few years later. Retrospect is such a biatch, always pointing out shiat you should have done.
 
2012-11-21 09:03:53 PM  

enry: I sleep on the bus.

/fortunately my job does not involve driving busses


Seek sir Zappa.
 
2012-11-21 09:06:29 PM  
It took me 93 minutes to get to where I was working today, it takes about 80 minutes to get to a piece of property on a small quiet lake we bought earlier this year and hope to build a cottage on next year. It is a bit more than twice as far away as my client.
How good a client they are (and how much they have contributed to the building fund) is the only way I can do that trip. At all.
 
2012-11-21 09:08:20 PM  
What I actually find maddening is living in a house with no damn lot and neighbors 10 ft away or living in a place with an HOA or some such crap. The urban environment just pisses me off to no end. The lack of privacy and space, the liberal whackjob attitude, the over -regulation. That is why I commute a good distance. I can live in a sane place with plenty of space yet still work in an area that pays well.
 
2012-11-21 09:08:28 PM  
I used to get ticked off at selfish drivers.

Now I just turn into a rolling roadblock so they can't get by. I love it when you see some fark face weaving back and forth through traffic, coming up from behind you, and so you slow down just enough that cars build up so the asswipe gets stuck. It's a game I call "count the shades of crimson." There are many techniques that work, depending on the circumstances. All of them require much practice until you get them working just right.

/I need a hobby
 
2012-11-21 09:11:29 PM  
Take the subway.
 
2012-11-21 09:15:50 PM  
Driving over 20 minutes to work is for chumps. I'm in my late 30's and I've almost never had to do a serious commute (lived where there is excellent transit or sucked it up and lived near work). I don't know how people can stand it. You calculate how much time you spend going to and from work in a month or a year... what a waste.

It's a win for the employer as well. I don't mind sticking around the office late into the evening if its just a short hop in the car home or a walk.
 
2012-11-21 09:16:19 PM  

RubberBabyBuggyBumpers: I used to get ticked off at selfish drivers.

Now I just turn into a rolling roadblock so they can't get by. I love it when you see some fark face weaving back and forth through traffic, coming up from behind you, and so you slow down just enough that cars build up so the asswipe gets stuck. It's a game I call "count the shades of crimson." There are many techniques that work, depending on the circumstances. All of them require much practice until you get them working just right.

/I need a hobby


heh... that sounds like a hobby to me...
Once you accept that the other lane is not actually moving faster, the commute can become a bit of a game like that.
Lowers the blood pressure a tick or two too...
 
2012-11-21 09:22:37 PM  
Walking ( if under a mile) > Bicycling > Driving* > Mass Transit**


* If the weather is really bad, I'm probably going to drive there

** Mass transit where I used to live ( Portland, OR metro) was very good, lots of buses & light rail. Mass transit where I'm living now (rural Oregon) is practically nonexistent.
 
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