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2012-11-21 09:25:50 PM

farm machine: 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?


Not sure what state you live in, but in MN which is the state I live in, it is required to "keep to the right." There is even a provision for slow poke drivers like you, that you are required to get the fark out of the way of faster traffic. I've even heard of it being enforced...

If police would concentrate on the slow pokes that hold up traffic on multi-lane highways and interstates, then there would be less road rage. Wouldn't solve everything. For that, they would have to build better roads.
 
2012-11-21 09:34:50 PM
My home as of september is under a mile from work. It is phenomenal.

Only downside is that I can't speed to make up running a little late.
 
2012-11-21 09:38:18 PM
I live in a city that has a road system designed for 500,000, but almost everyone moved away.
My evil plan worked perfectly.
 
2012-11-21 09:39:08 PM

BummerDuck: farm machine: 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?

Not sure what state you live in, but in MN which is the state I live in, it is required to "keep to the right." There is even a provision for slow poke drivers like you, that you are required to get the fark out of the way of faster traffic. I've even heard of it being enforced...

If police would concentrate on the slow pokes that hold up traffic on multi-lane highways and interstates, then there would be less road rage. Wouldn't solve everything. For that, they would have to build better roads.


Actually what any busy highway needs is adaptive, intelligent limits like the Brits put in around London. If there's a Jam at section D, then section C's limit drops to 25 MPH, section B drops to 35, and section A drops to 45. The jam clears without continuing because traffic is slowed to avoid a real log-jam pileup. End result: commute times dropped 20% around London motorways.

It's not hard, it's a little expensive, but that's 20%+ less gas used and 20% fewer hours on the road, and much less stress in driving.
 
2012-11-21 09:40:23 PM

farm machine: 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?


But, but, but its the left lane......
 
2012-11-21 09:41:01 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.


Most places that won't allow telecommuting have caveman bosses that like to look out over their occupied cube farm to compensate for their tiny penises.
 
2012-11-21 09:48:04 PM
Atlanta traffic is awful. A lot of people take everything personal and get mad for the stupidest things. The stress caused by the traffic is mostly self-inflicted pain. Do this enough and blame others for what you are actually doing to yourself and you end up in what Atlanta is today, an angry selfish mess of people with blinders on.

/stop taking it so personal
 
2012-11-21 09:53:25 PM
I used to live in an apartment building and my job moved into an office building right next door. It was a two minute walk door to door and it felt uncomfortably close. I could see right into the office and vice versa. When the term on my lease expired, I moved to a place a fifteen minute bus ride away.

I've moved to a smaller city of 120,000 since then and have a 10 minute drive from my house to work. Maybe 12 or 13 minutes if the weather is bad. My route takes me past a couple of schools, so I sometimes get caught up in people dropping off their kids but I'm lucky enough that it's a fairly relaxing drive.
 
2012-11-21 10:11:15 PM
Like what BummerDuck said, except in very heavy traffic it seems like a lot of the mess would dissipate if everyone would keep to the furthest right lane practical except when passing. Also, keeping a good following distance would also help a lot- there's nothing like seeing half a mile of barely separated brake lights turn on because one person makes a sharp lane change up front.

If nothing else, when slower drivers stop cruising the left lanes, maniacs going 90 will stop weaving in and out of the right ones.

/I can dream, can't I?
 
2012-11-21 10:14:44 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


Hmm, I wasn't aware my husband had a Fark handle. Hi, honey!!
 
2012-11-21 10:16:17 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.


The only problem with this is management will quickly realize your job can be done by someone in India or somewhere similar.
 
2012-11-21 10:35:38 PM
I've started listening to NPR just to keep my brain occupied and it's been working. However it only takes a few d-bags to make me angry. It's amazing that only a few sucky drivers ruin a commute.
 
2012-11-21 10:36:44 PM
This is the America your GOP neighbor wants and shoves down your throat. Because after all, public transport and a world not built around cars is just hippy commie socialist.....
 
2012-11-21 10:37:10 PM

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I do not follow "Walking Dead" so kindly tell me why a Chieftain MBT in Granby motif is in Atlanta?
 
2012-11-21 10:50:42 PM

moefuggenbrew: 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.


Wake up early, try not to hit pedestrians, have the coolest job ever, eat cafeteria food/pb&j, back to coolest job, make somebody's day better, try not to hit pedestrians, go to classes, go home, dinner with friends, write lesson plans/PowerPoints/SmartBoard activities, go for a run or hit the climbing wall, watch a movie, life feels good.

Life can be awesome if you're excited about it.

/the joy of antidepressants
/sleep? That's what weekends are for. Java Monsters work just fine.
 
2012-11-21 11:09:25 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???


No, doesn't count unless you're doing 80 in the RIGHT lane.

Left lane is for fast traffic, so logically.. do 80-100 MPH in the right lane.
 
2012-11-21 11:15:58 PM

rev. dave: Atlanta traffic is awful. A lot of people take everything personal and get mad for the stupidest things. The stress caused by the traffic is mostly self-inflicted pain. Do this enough and blame others for what you are actually doing to yourself and you end up in what Atlanta is today, an angry selfish mess of people with blinders on.

/stop taking it so personal


I live just outside Atlanta, too and I try not to take it personally, but from time to time someone messes up so badly that my life is threatened. This happens, say, once or twice a week. Then I get pissed--can't help it. A brush with death does it to me every time.
 
2012-11-21 11:17:57 PM

Twist2005: moefuggenbrew: 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.

Wake up early, try not to hit pedestrians, have the coolest job ever, eat cafeteria food/pb&j, back to coolest job, make somebody's day better, try not to hit pedestrians, go to classes, go home, dinner with friends, write lesson plans/PowerPoints/SmartBoard activities, go for a run or hit the climbing wall, watch a movie, life feels good.

Life can be awesome if you're excited about it.

/the joy of antidepressants
/sleep? That's what weekends are for. Java Monsters work just fine.


And if your aunt had balls she's be your uncle.

Not everyone has a great job.
 
2012-11-21 11:30:11 PM

rev. dave: Atlanta traffic is awful. A lot of people take everything personal and get mad for the stupidest things. The stress caused by the traffic is mostly self-inflicted pain. Do this enough and blame others for what you are actually doing to yourself and you end up in what Atlanta is today, an angry selfish mess of people with blinders on.

/stop taking it so personal


How about.....get off your cell phone, pay attention to the speed of traffic, and use a turn signal when you plan on turning or changing lanes. I would take my crap, shiat commute downtown a lot less personally that way.
 
2012-11-21 11:30:41 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.


Ah so true and refreshing. I'm not sure if some people are just bad at math or what. If you slow your speed 10 MPH you will only get 10 more miles in an hour.

If your commute was an hour, it is now 1hr, 10 minutes. If your commute was 20 minutes it is now 23 minutes. What have you got to prove driving like a maniac and trying to pass everyone?

/on the other hand I know some slightly crazy people who like to go 50+ over the speed limit. Yea that can save some time if the highway is deserted and you don't end up in jail or dead.
 
2012-11-21 11:35:06 PM
Working from home since the late 20th century.

/afternoon delight.
//yeah, the dressing gown falls open in the summer.
 
2012-11-21 11:44:34 PM

KrispyKritter: 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.


You claim in your profile that you're a born and raised New Yorker, but GOD you sound Russian..!

krafty420: The best part about walking is laughing as you pass all of the cars that aren't moving


Even funnier? Realizing that you can walk the mile home in 20 minutes (15 minutes if you exert yourself) and beating the bus.
 
2012-11-21 11:52:44 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.


How long does it take you to get to the gym?
 
2012-11-21 11:56:19 PM
I have a terrible commute so I'm getting a kick out of...urk...*thud*

Seriously, I went from a 4 mile commute to a 70 mile one. I hate it every day and I gained 10 pounds in the first year. I used to walk the dog two miles after getting home and hit the gym for an hour in the morning and I'd still get a good night's sleep. Now, I get up before dawn and get home well after dark exhausted and stressed. I can't wait until next year when I can hopefully move closer (hubby finally found a closer job). I imagine if this were a permanent situation, it would definitely shorten my lifespan.
 
2012-11-22 12:00:14 AM
I did 37 miles each way up I95 through Philly from Delaware county to NE suburbs for 10 years. I do believe it took a few years off my life. Then we moved to a mere 2 miles from work. You know who gets The Call a few times a week now? Yep. "Oh one of the kids missed the bus can you come home and run them to school? Sure, honey. The baby just stuffed all her doll's clothes in the toilet, can you run home and fix it? Uh, yep.

There must be some sort of happy medium in there someplace.

Honestly don't know how they survived all those years with me so far away all day every day.
 
2012-11-22 12:01:36 AM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: 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.

How long does it take you to get to the gym?


Oh, I know this one...
 
2012-11-22 12:09:10 AM

krafty420: The best part about walking is laughing as you pass all of the cars that aren't moving


It's like that on my motorscooter. Mostly just lanesharing getting to the front at a red light. But the best part beyond 75mpg is knowing I'll get parking in parking scarce San Francisco. My commute averages 12-15 minutes includes parking.
 
2012-11-22 12:26:08 AM
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2012-11-22 12:35:36 AM

spidermilk: Ah so true and refreshing. I'm not sure if some people are just bad at math or what. If you slow your speed 10 MPH you will only get 10 more miles in an hour.


Unless you have to deal with stop lights. The compound the delays at about 50% to 80% and that can add up to a huge amount.
 
2012-11-22 12:49:31 AM
I don't really have a commute; as a field tech I just drive to whatever sites in the area I need to. I cover a rather large area. I've done everything in the tri-state NYC area, including most of NJ, lower NY, CT. Currently I'm averaging 666 miles a week (cool eh?) with some weeks over 1200 miles. I've killed two cars in the past two years on this job, and I've put 20k miles on a new(er) car since I got it in...June? I've seen it all, and I'm a big fan of studying traffic patterns. But every time I'm on foot in NYC I think it's the greatest. Walking and transit through the city is a blast.
 
2012-11-22 12:50:22 AM
We moved offices from 2 miles away to 5 miles away so it is a little too far to walk. 10 minutes drive, or a 15-20 minutes cycle. I used to walk most the year before this since the weather is rarely bad in NC.
 
2012-11-22 01:09:22 AM

SirEattonHogg: 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.


And some would say that living in the city is for chumps.
 
2012-11-22 01:21:58 AM
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2012-11-22 02:53:44 AM

Indubitably: Mass Transit is Necessary.


Yes. The thing I miss the most moving from Chicago to Ohio is the lack of trains. My commute-time was about the same, but on the train, that time was mine. I could read or just stare into space vacantly. In a car, that is just lost time.
 
2012-11-22 06:14:24 AM
Unfortunately, I work weird hours in a city that doesn't have the density for 24/7 mass transit, with a mediocre school system and a higher crime rate than Mrs. Eel and I are comfortable with, plus my bosses have yet to become comfortable with allowing me to work from home...so a 42-mile commute at 3:30 in the morning it is.

All I ask from my state is to have their shiat together when it comes to traffic-light timing. Basic engineering competence. At the hours I drive, when almost nobody is on the road, it's not rocket surgery to know that if the farking mall is farking closed, has been closed for hours, and won't even be taking deliveries for hours, that THE SIGNALS TO TURN INTO THE FSM-DAMNED MALL DON'T FARKING NEED TO TURN RED AND STAY RED FOR 60 FARKING SECONDS APIECE YOU GOLDBRICKING UNFIREABLE FARKUP SHIATHEEL OBTUSE VOGON MORAN DROOLERS. Is that too much to ask? Of course it is. I should be grateful to your ever-expanding governnmental awesomeness for giving me the privilege of burning through hours of my time and $200 worth of gas every year for nothing. Because you're just super, aren't you? GODDAMMYOUSOMUCH. BLOOD. I WANT BLOOD. YOUR BLOOD. BLOOD. BLOOD. BLOOD.

Thank you.
 
2012-11-22 06:28:02 AM
If you outlawed the following from the road during rush hour, we would all be ok

1. Old People
2. Fat People (even those going to work tend to drive like they walk)
3. Illegal Immigrants
4. Young black men (black women actually drive the speed limit. Weird)
5. Teenage white girls
 
2012-11-22 07:29:35 AM
I do 38 miles each way in the western Philly suburbs. 422 to the PA Turnpike. I ride a mid weight Honda cruiser that gets 50 mpg. I'm not at all ashamed to say I regularly use the breakdown lane to avoid the bumper to bumper crawl. On a regular day I can make the trip in an hour and fifteen minutes.
 
2012-11-22 08:31:21 AM
Was there any real science in this article to justify the headline and 50 or so unnecessary paragraphs of text?
 
2012-11-22 11:31:07 AM
I live a five mile bicycle ride from my office, which is located in the Peoples' Republic of Cambridge, MA. Biking to work has been great, and my employer is supportive, with an onsite bicycle cage, showers, etc. I've also lost six inches off my waistline (from 38" and "OMG I hope I don't have to buy 40 soon") to 32".

Unfortunately, *buying* a residence with a similar commute to work is going to require that I win the lottery. Twice. Or live in a broom-closet studio condo just big enough for a bed and a laptop, after selling my car and my motorcycle. And that's for somebody who's single with no kids; I can't imagine what families with kids would do. Besides, if I wanted that lifestyle, I'd move to New York City, where I could earn more money and there's more in the way of amenities than there is here.

So it's either move 1.5 hours away, likely to southern NH, where I can afford to buy (and where my non-driving girlfriend will likely rarely visit), or keep renting until I retire and don't have to worry about commuting any more.
 
2012-11-22 12:12:53 PM
My commute was 4 hours long via public transit. I had to make these trains otherwise it went to about 6 hours. If I drove it was about 2 to 2 1/2 hours if I hit traffic just right. Otherwise it was a total crap shoot. I got laid off a few months ago an have never felt better.

/CSB
 
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