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2013-03-06 07:16:14 AM  

adm_crunch: If you live that far from work, you either need to move closer to work or find a job closer to home.


as someone who watched his dad get up at 3:00 am everyday so he could be at work at 7, for about 35 years, I can tell you that isn't always possible. especially when you work construction.
 
2013-03-06 07:27:39 AM  

adm_crunch: adm_crunch: log_jammin: DON.MAC: Mega-commute?  More like a a moron-commute.

wut?

If y

Damn iPhone.
What I was trying to say was...

If you live that far from work, you either need to move closer to work or find a job closer to home.


This can be difficult. Some of us work in fairly specialized fields where finding a new job can be a serious hassle. Also, my office is in leased space; I'm not going to move closer (even assuming that it weren't on a shiatty neighborhood) just to have it move. I work with two or three people with ~90 min commutes.

/30-40 on the train
 
2013-03-06 07:31:42 AM  

adm_crunch: adm_crunch: log_jammin: DON.MAC: Mega-commute?  More like a a moron-commute.

wut?

If y

Damn iPhone.
What I was trying to say was...

If you live that far from work, you either need to move closer to work or find a job closer to home.


Not all of us are baristas, skippy.
 
2013-03-06 07:35:17 AM  

Deep Contact: I think you could win an election by saying you'd make all traffic lights blink after 9PM to 6AM. Treat it like a stop sign one way and a caution the other way.


Most of the messed-up lights are at malls and other retail areas, and I get why they might want to have signals active if there's a movie letting out at 1am or something, and since I'm in a distant NYC suburb I get why more than a few people would be rolling at 5am...but at 3-4am when I'm on my way in, everything's closed, and nobody's even taking deliveries for another couple hours, that's a WTF-is-this-shiat right there when I have to stop and sit 30 seconds here, 30 seconds there, for nothing.
 
2013-03-06 07:37:48 AM  
I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.
 
2013-03-06 07:40:26 AM  
This Atlantans reverse commutes to the burbs. It's a 35 minute drive going 80mph and looking at the other side of I-85 as a parking lot heading intown. It would probably be easier professionally for me to live in the burbs but for everything nonwork related it's better where I'm at. Plus the wife only works 8 miles away in Midtown so it's no option for her.
 
2013-03-06 07:41:00 AM  
My husband and I both work in Boston (well, Cambridge and Brookline) and there is no way we would be able to afford to live where we work.  7 miles from my husband's work and 14 miles from mine is well under half the cost of a similar sized home in the Boston area proper and because we both work early and leave early, it comes out to a 35 min or so commute for me with normal traffic.  But yeah, we weren't about to pay $1 mil for a house in Boston that could be had for <$300k just a few miles away.  Anyone who commutes into Boston with a commute much longer than that, though, is farking crazy.  Can't believe all the morons who commute from New Hampshire.
 
2013-03-06 07:41:13 AM  
the worst commute i ever had was 35 minutes to work and sometimes up to an hour and a half coming home, that was a pain in the ass and to make it worse i didn't even like that job.  i can't stand commuting to work, i feel it is just wasted time when i could be doing something more constructive.  right now i am living the dream:  my commute to and from work is about 2 minutes each way, i live less than a mile from my job.
 
2013-03-06 07:43:26 AM  
My commute in the morning is 15-20 minutes, but it is all surface streets.  Takes about 30-40 on the way home, and if it rains? I may as well park up at the bar and sleep in my car.

With as much as it rains here in Atlanta, people sure cannot drive in it.
 
2013-03-06 07:43:28 AM  
Quitting work today because I'm no longer willing to dedicate half my day to travel and work. (1 hour each way at best).. getting a kick... or getting kicked out?
 
2013-03-06 07:46:23 AM  

Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.


Meh. I know women that daily ride from Decatur to Intown and as long as you're just on the train I'm not sure what you have to worry about. If you hung around the platform at Bankhead or sold drugs outside Five Points then I can see I rode it daily for about four years and was once offered a BJ in exchange for a bucket of chicken. Good times.

But it does have an inconvenient layout and fark the busses. I hate those.
 
2013-03-06 07:50:12 AM  

Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.


MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?
 
2013-03-06 07:52:33 AM  
Work from home when I want, go in when I want...10 minutes drive in. What do I win?
 
2013-03-06 07:54:21 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Meh. I know women that daily ride from Decatur to Intown and as long as you're just on the train I'm not sure what you have to worry about. If you hung around the platform at Bankhead or sold drugs outside Five Points then I can see I rode it daily for about four years and was once offered a BJ in exchange for a bucket of chicken. Good times.


Pht. I live in Phila and use the Market / Frankford line through West Phila. You're all weak.
 
2013-03-06 07:56:53 AM  
longest commute i ever endured was from the east bay down to mountain view. man that sucked. was over an hr each way easy.

lasted about 6 weeks before i went faaaaaark this. and took a job in SF instead.
 
2013-03-06 07:59:44 AM  
My commute is 75-90 minutes and 102 miles one way, and after being laid off for 11 months I'm happy to make that drive.  I don't complain one bit.

As others above have said, I'm in a very specialized field.  Unfortunately cannot move closer to my job as I also have a family farm to run.

/Fark the ATL.  What a shiathole.
 
2013-03-06 08:00:14 AM  

Happy Hours: Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.

MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?


My favorite thing about this joke is that in the 30 years I've heard it has two facets.

1. The person telling it never lives in Atlanta. These are the people that I imagine say Hotlanta which is another way to get groans from the locals.
2. The person telling it seems to think they're busting out an original and witty zinger. If you hear it in person, you can see the sparkle in their eye as they unleash it followed by the anxious pause as they wait patiently for thunderous applause.
 
2013-03-06 08:01:29 AM  
Another Atlanta suburbanite here... my commute is only 3 miles, but it's right in the main path between I-85 and GA-400, and there are about 7 traffic lights on this one little stretch.

Oddly enough, whether I take my car or my bike, it's 15-20 minutes either way.  Sometimes 30 in the rain.
 
2013-03-06 08:01:43 AM  
My commute is a 5 minute walk, so I'm getting a kick out of this.
 
2013-03-06 08:03:21 AM  
I envy my father.  His architectural office was a five-minute drive downtown for several years until the firm outgrew the building, then he could walk to work on nice days.  I doubt I'll ever have that luxury.

/semi-retirement means he only goes in four days a week
 
2013-03-06 08:05:13 AM  
Athens to Atl, 55 miles, ~60 mins.  Peach Pass for the win.  Once they finish up the construction on 316, I'll have so much free time, I'll have to pick up a new hobby.
 
2013-03-06 08:09:09 AM  
120 miles each way, but only once a week. I just stay with my brother during the week and go home on weekends. Bike to the office from his house. Not great but I really do like the people I work with.
 
2013-03-06 08:10:03 AM  
I have to drive an hour both ways.  The problem is living in a rural state with only a handful of towns that have decent jobs.  Wife works in one town, I work in another so we live in between the two.
 
2013-03-06 08:12:31 AM  
What is this "commute" you speak of?

I have a 12 minute walk. Except when there is 12" of new snow on the ground - then it's 18 minutes.
On the rare occasions I do decide to drive, it's about 4 minutes.

Everyone should live closer to work.
 
2013-03-06 08:12:56 AM  
I just drove for 25 minutes to get to work. I might just pack it all up and work from home today. I have one thing that needs to be done here in person today. Otherwise, my entire working environment can be replicated from home using VPN or WebDAV.
 
2013-03-06 08:13:43 AM  

Father_Jack: Day_Old_Dutchie: Forward-thinking leaders decentralize their offices to the 'burbs or allow telecommuting and take full advantage of tech available to eliminate the needless energy waste and frustrations.

The problem is those useless egotistical stubborn old coots that insist on running their business in an office tower in a downtown, and actually obtain satisfaction from being able to look out on row upon row of worker bees in their cubicles.

Farking Luddites need to be put out to pasture. Age does not always equate to wisdom.


Not that simple.


I work as a project manager for software and IT projects. Colocation makes a great many things easier. Yes, you *can* do it all remotely, but it takes longer, there's more room for miscommunication, longer lag times between questions and their solutions...


Having an onsite location isn't just about management hubris. Indeed read up on yahoo's doing away with telecommuting, and how the employees are supportive of it since it was abused.


Working from home now and again is fine but you need have groups collaborating and collocated at least part of the time.



For my job this can all be done via instant message.  In fact even when we're sitting in the same room we all still just IM each other.  IT pro's are typically not social butterflies.
 
2013-03-06 08:15:56 AM  

Altair: I go to school in Athens and work in Marietta so I'm really getting a kick...


Damn.

Tell me that is not but a few times a month...
 
2013-03-06 08:16:53 AM  
58 miles commute one way for me. Used to be worse but then I moved closer.

/cry
 
2013-03-06 08:17:41 AM  

axeeugene: What is this "commute" you speak of?

I have a 12 minute walk. Except when there is 12" of new snow on the ground - then it's 18 minutes.
On the rare occasions I do decide to drive, it's about 4 minutes.

Everyone should live closer to work.


I used to live across the street from one place I worked. 5 minutes.

JohnNS: Quitting work today because I'm no longer willing to dedicate half my day to travel and work. (1 hour each way at best).. getting a kick... or getting kicked out?


It just amazes me how many people don't factor the expense of their commute into their employment decisions. I proved to a friend of mine once that, with wear & tear & gas & insurance and his TIME, he could afford the extra $ to live within walking distance of his job, and he said, "No it's cheaper to live out there." He just couldn't get it.
 
2013-03-06 08:20:29 AM  
Currently have an 11 mile commute, typically takes about 15 minutes.  My options when I got my job were to either live in the small crappy town that the plant is in, or live in Tallahassee and drive 40-45 miles one way to work.  I decided to take the short drive.

Longest one way drive I've had is 81 miles, back when I was in construction.  I would leave the house around 5 to get to the job site at 7.  I did that for about a year, which pretty much killed my car.
 
2013-03-06 08:20:34 AM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Two hours door-to-door, but I wouldn't live in NYC for anything. I like my space and yard.

/on train now


The yard you never get to see because your entire day is spent either at work or commuting to/from work?
 
2013-03-06 08:21:07 AM  

Jim_Callahan: For reference, there are something like 300 million adults in the US and something like 90% of those are employed.  So "over half a million Americans" is basically one in 500 people.

//That said, wtf, people.  Mass transit.


I take mass transit (1 mi drive to parking lot, bus and T into work) and I'm right on the edge of 90 minutes.  Today was 75 getting in (6:30->7:45AM).

/work from one 1 day a week
//used to drive in, taking the bus is a lot more comfortable since I can sleep/work/read on the way and I don't have to deal with Boston traffic
 
2013-03-06 08:21:16 AM  
Someone should invent some sort of large vehicle to carry large groups of people that can cover moderate distances without delays. It would be really slick if you could create a private network for these vehicles to travel on to further reduce delays.  Also if you could make them powered by electricity that would be good too.
 
2013-03-06 08:24:26 AM  
Commutes from Baltimore to Arlington each day. 40mins in the morning (@4am), 2 hours going home on a good day. I wish public transport was an option for me. My car is a year old and already has 25K miles on it. Putting my house up for rent and getting an apartment (box)  in DC. I can't wait to have a 15 min commute during rush hour.

/Metro is great when it works
//Metro sucks when it doesn't work
 
2013-03-06 08:25:41 AM  

DubtodaIll: Someone should invent some sort of large vehicle to carry large groups of people that can cover moderate distances without delays. It would be really slick if you could create a private network for these vehicles to travel on to further reduce delays.  Also if you could make them powered by electricity that would be good too.



Weirdo.
 
2013-03-06 08:26:35 AM  

LDM90: 13 miles. At night. No traffic.

What do I win?


A deer to the grille.
 
2013-03-06 08:28:35 AM  
Traded in my ITP 25 minute commute for a 45 min-1 hr one way OTP to North Ave & never regretted it. I miss absolutely nothing about living ITP Atlanta. Living in the urban core is a vastly overrated experience.
 
2013-03-06 08:31:22 AM  

Rapmaster2000: This Atlantans reverse commutes to the burbs. It's a 35 minute drive going 80mph and looking at the other side of I-85 as a parking lot heading intown. It would probably be easier professionally for me to live in the burbs but for everything nonwork related it's better where I'm at. Plus the wife only works 8 miles away in Midtown so it's no option for her.


I've been spoiled by my commute (Buckhead to Chamblee) for the past year and now my little startup company has been acquired and we're moving to Alpharetta.  Really don't want to move to the 'burbs yet plus the girlfriend is a grad student at Emory.  Looks like I'll be braving 400 N everyday, not excited.
 
2013-03-06 08:31:28 AM  
When I was little we lived in the Decatur area... Mom was a flight attendant, and so she was based out of Atlanta. Then my dad ended up getting a job in small town Alabama, and we moved. Mom ended up having to commute three hours each way, several times a month. How she put up with it is beyond me.

Later moved to Kentucky, so she transferred to Cinci. Not nearly as long a drive.
 
2013-03-06 08:35:28 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Happy Hours: Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.

MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?

My favorite thing about this joke is that in the 30 years I've heard it has two facets.

1. The person telling it never lives in Atlanta. These are the people that I imagine say Hotlanta which is another way to get groans from the locals.
2. The person telling it seems to think they're busting out an original and witty zinger. If you hear it in person, you can see the sparkle in their eye as they unleash it followed by the anxious pause as they wait patiently for thunderous applause.


Hey, even James Howard Kunstler busted it out in his book  The City in Mind when talking about MARTA and the Mall of Georgia.

Also, I gotta weigh in with the fact that I did a Dawsonville to Dunwoody commute for 5 years.  Ugh.
 
2013-03-06 08:35:58 AM  
Just got a new job (much much nicer) and will have to drive an hour each way for 6 months until I can go to the NYC offices to work.  The train will be my friend.
 
2013-03-06 08:39:34 AM  
The costs as well as the risks of daily commutes were considerations when I did the math for taking an early retirement.  Had countless close calls with fellow 'Floridiots" who seemed determined to hospitalize me.

/car now stays in the garage most of the time

//your feet can stay off my lawn
 
2013-03-06 08:40:08 AM  

SpacemanSpoof: Another Atlanta suburbanite here... my commute is only 3 miles, but it's right in the main path between I-85 and GA-400, and there are about 7 traffic lights on this one little stretch.

Oddly enough, whether I take my car or my bike, it's 15-20 minutes either way.  Sometimes 30 in the rain.


I'd walk.
 
2013-03-06 08:40:47 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Happy Hours: Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.

MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?

My favorite thing about this joke is that in the 30 years I've heard it has two facets.

1. The person telling it never lives in Atlanta. These are the people that I imagine say Hotlanta which is another way to get groans from the locals.
2. The person telling it seems to think they're busting out an original and witty zinger. If you hear it in person, you can see the sparkle in their eye as they unleash it followed by the anxious pause as they wait patiently for thunderous applause.


Well, you're partially right. I don't live in Atlanta (and neve'r have), but seeing as I first heard it a few decades ago, I'm under no illusions that it's original or even all that witty. I just figured this was Fark so someone had to say it.

As for Hot;lanta I only use that when referring to this Link

I've only spent one night in Atlanta and that was courtesy of Delta. I had a connecting flight from there but the weather was bad and it didn't take a crystal ball to tell that there was no way I would make it even before I left Phlly (Filthadelphia, city of brotherly shove - happy? I dissed a Northern town with a worn out cliche too).

Delta said if I opted to not take the flight that would only get me halfway to my final desitnation I would have to buy my own hotel room, but if they stranded me in Atlanta they would put me up in a seedy motel across the street from a whorehouse....and they did.

So I checked in, walked down to the lobby and said "Where is a bar?"

The idiot behind the desk said he had no idea, so I walk outside and look around. There's a farking bar right next door. What an asshole.  And there really was a whorehouse across the street.
 
2013-03-06 08:40:57 AM  
It was 2.5 hours to my office in Atlanta.

'Course I live in Birmingham, and only did it twice a month, so . . . csb?


/ got nuttin'
 
2013-03-06 08:42:43 AM  
It takes about 20 seconds to walk from my bedroom to my office.

It can be a real hassle and quadruple my travel time if I stop at the bathroom or in the kitchen.
 
2013-03-06 08:44:16 AM  
I knew I would likely work in the downtown area of the community I moved to.  So I bought a cheap house about half a mile from downtown.  Then my office moved to two-and-a-half blocks away.  My commute is a five-minute walk.  I go home on my lunch break and, if the weather's nice, grill burgers.

I could not be more smug about this.
 
2013-03-06 08:44:57 AM  

TheSelphie: My husband and I both work in Boston (well, Cambridge and Brookline) and there is no way we would be able to afford to live where we work.  7 miles from my husband's work and 14 miles from mine is well under half the cost of a similar sized home in the Boston area proper and because we both work early and leave early, it comes out to a 35 min or so commute for me with normal traffic.  But yeah, we weren't about to pay $1 mil for a house in Boston that could be had for <$300k just a few miles away.  Anyone who commutes into Boston with a commute much longer than that, though, is farking crazy.  Can't believe all the morons who commute from New Hampshire.


I know the feeling. I work for a company in NH that delivers A LOT of stuff to metro Boston around the 128 belt & the Hub. Amazed at the traffic I see flowing into Boston during the morning rush. And sadly, most of the drivers are morons.

/ Dreading an early delivery to Cambridge tomarrow.
 
2013-03-06 08:45:07 AM  
My job has a 30 minute leash, as in my butt in the seat from the time the page goes out in 30 minutes, for on-call weeks, thus I can't live too far from work.  I'd love to be able to move downtown and would gladly accept a 40 minute commute.
 
2013-03-06 08:46:03 AM  
Not enough people working from home. Not enough people with staggered working hours. Too many Office Parks that are horribly congested with traffic and they just keep on building more onto the acreage.
 
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