Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Friday Afternoon Traffic...OYE!!!
Old 10-14-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ExFlyBoy5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1,382
Friday Afternoon Traffic...OYE!!!

So I haven't really had to deal with traffic in a while, until today. The plan was pretty simple; have lunch with a high school friend that I haven't seen in a while. He owns his own business and wanted to do a late lunch (about 1)...no big deal. So, about noon, I head out so I will have plenty of time to get there (I was driving about 40 miles to meet him). Well, when I got there, he had some fire to put out and thus, our lunch was pushed back a little. No big deal, I am retired, after all. Well, once we finally caught up and decided to wrap things I up, I notice it's almost 3 PM...uh-oh...I was most definitely outside my preferred "retiree drive time" of 10 AM to 2 PM. But hey, it can't be THAT bad, right?!? WRONG! I got home about 10 minutes ago, so my trip took 2 hours and 10 minutes and it was MISERABLE and it's not even 5 o'clock yet!!! So, to all of you that have to deal with this madness every...single...day...I am very, VERY sorry.

Here's how Atlanta traffic is looking like right about now. Ugh.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1.jpg (275.4 KB, 53 views)
__________________

__________________
Founder and Head Lounger @ The Life of Leisure Institute
Retired in 2014 at the Ripe Age of 40.
ExFlyBoy5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-14-2016, 03:55 PM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
We usually avoid certain highways between the hours of 10 and 2 as well. Few weeks ago my brother and his wife invited us to lunch and they only live about 40 miles away but on the other side of the city. Normally we would leave around 10 AM and return home after 7 PM but DW had a haircut appointment in the evening so we decided to leave his house @3:00 and take the HOV lane but unfortunately there was an accident inside the HOV lane. She never made it to her 5:30 PM appt.
__________________

__________________
Corporateburnout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:08 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 4,027
I have no idea how I was able to stand the commute. For 10 years I had a 62.5 mile one way commute! One and a half hours on a good day. Then if it rained some moron would fly off a bad corner(same one every time) wrap the vehicle around a telephone pole(same pole but brand new) every time.

Honestly for the first month that was my enjoyment in retirement, watching the traffic reports. Today I wouldn't even know where to look for a traffic report.
__________________
MRG is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:11 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Big_Hitter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: In the fairway
Posts: 3,294
my buddy the big_bopper was stuck in the 290 HOV lane behind a broken down bus for 90 minutes the other day

and he's a traffic engineer
__________________
Swing hard, look up
Big_Hitter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:13 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ExFlyBoy5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1,382
Quote:
Originally Posted by MRG View Post
Honestly for the first month that was my enjoyment in retirement, watching the traffic reports. Today I wouldn't even know where to look for a traffic report.
I still take a listen on occasion or pull up the maps to see what's going on outside of my no traffic 'bubble'. I had debated after retiring going out and sitting with the masses every now and then to remind myself how sweet retirement really is, but I haven't done that yet...and don't think I will do it either. I am pretty sure it sucks. Every. Single. Day.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Big_Hitter View Post
my buddy the big_bopper was stuck in the 290 HOV lane behind a broken down bus for 90 minutes the other day

and he's a traffic engineer
Ugh. I would NEVER want to tell someone I was a traffic engineer. That would be about as bad as telling someone you are an attorney!
__________________
Founder and Head Lounger @ The Life of Leisure Institute
Retired in 2014 at the Ripe Age of 40.
ExFlyBoy5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:15 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Big_Hitter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: In the fairway
Posts: 3,294
one thing i don't miss about working in htown - I had to commute around the traffic...and weather

a traffic jam here lasts maybe 5 minutes
__________________
Swing hard, look up
Big_Hitter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:15 PM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
gauss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,520
I have found that my tolerance to traffic delays has increased significantly since getting a new android smartphone. The navigate app displays slow traffic patches in red which shows how long (in distance) the delay is.

Much easier to swallow if I know it is only 2 miles vs 30 miles.

-gauss
__________________
gauss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:17 PM   #8
Moderator
MichaelB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: On the road again
Posts: 21,515
Quote:
Originally Posted by ExFlyBoy5 View Post
So, to all of you that have to deal with this madness every...single...day...I am very, VERY sorry.
.
I have that exact same thought every time I find myself driving in rush hour traffic, and especially friday afternoons.
__________________
MichaelB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 04:45 PM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
Quote:
Originally Posted by MRG View Post
I have no idea how I was able to stand the commute. For 10 years I had a 62.5 mile one way commute! One and a half hours on a good day. Then if it rained some moron would fly off a bad corner(same one every time) wrap the vehicle around a telephone pole(same pole but brand new) every time.
I barely tolerated my 40 mile commute especially on a snowy winter day when it took a couple of hours.

For the last couple of winters watching the morning traffic nightmares on TV by my warm and cozy fireplace while sipping my first cup of coffee has been priceless.....
__________________
Corporateburnout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 05:07 PM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,791
The commutes are worst between Labor Day and Thanksgiving since that's when the most people are in town and working.
__________________
GrayHare is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 05:23 PM   #11
Moderator
rodi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 7,033
Coming back from picking up the kids from school I saw the traffic on the other side of the freeway was already a parking lot - and it was only 2:45pm.

I'm a mean mom - I make them take the public bus to school in the morning because my return trip from their school would take almost an hour. (Vs the 15 minutes to get to the school in the morning.) I dread the evenings there is a meeting at their school - because it takes an hour to get there.

My commute was only 6 miles when I worked - but it was taking 40 minutes (or more) by the time I quit. It was a factor in my decision to retire.
__________________
Retired June 2014. No longer an enginerd - now I'm just a nerd.
rodi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 05:38 PM   #12
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Austin
Posts: 138
I am home already. Friday commuting is like other days, 15 to 20 minutes. Very happy.
__________________
HillCountry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 05:47 PM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Florence, AL/Helen, GA
Posts: 1,306
The problem is most jobs in the Atlanta area are in the northern and northeast quadrant of the city. Too many people are moving to this 10 mile stretch from all over the city at the same time.

I left Atlanta 13 years ago because the traffic was debilitating. My company closed their Tucker, GA operations and I had to travel across town to spend my work week out of town. Some mornings, it took me 2 hours just to get up to 55 mph.

Life just wasn't worth living in such a place and having to put up with so many people is so nerve wracking.

I recently had to drive into the city at noon from our place in the northern mountains for business. It looked like rush hour in any lesser metropolis.
__________________
Bamaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Los Angeles Traffic
Old 10-14-2016, 05:55 PM   #14
Full time employment: Posting here.
Souschef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Santa Paula
Posts: 555
Los Angeles Traffic

Having moved north to Ventura County when I retired, I love sitting at home in my robe drinking my coffee and looking at the traffic map of Greater LA with all the red on it on TV.
__________________
Retired Jan 2009 Have not looked back.
AA 95%/0/5
WR 2% SI 2SS & 2 Pensions
Souschef is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 06:01 PM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
braumeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6,430
Just think about how much worse it is in the cities that are in perpetual rush hour. Los Angles comes immediately to mind, as does London.
__________________
braumeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 07:51 PM   #16
Recycles dryer sheets
txtig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Sugar Land
Posts: 204
With nine weeks of retirement under my belt now, I can say without a doubt that not battling fellow commuters and crazy texters for hours every day on Houston's Southwest Freeway is one of the best things about retirement (right behind not spending 10 hours per day putting up with the corporate BS).
__________________
txtig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 08:33 PM   #17
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,267
My current commute is 50 miles one way. On a day with no problems, it takes an hour. Unfortunately, most days have problems. My life would be substantially better if people would just stop running into each other.
__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 08:57 PM   #18
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 796
Quote:
Originally Posted by Souschef View Post
Having moved north to Ventura County when I retired, I love sitting at home in my robe drinking my coffee and looking at the traffic map of Greater LA with all the red on it on TV.
Sorry OP, I hope the business owner bought lunch.

I deal with the LA traffic daily, the 405. The freeway if you are lucky travels 4 or 5 miles per hour, thus the name 405 ;-)

I bought a Prius Plug-in just for the HOV sticker. The sticker is valid until 1/1/2019. I guess I have a FIRE date I'm FI now, just padding the travel, 529, and emergency fund.
__________________
Aiming_4_55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2016, 11:22 PM   #19
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,190
Last Friday night, I had to derive my ladyfriend from her place (it's near my place) in Lynbrook, NY (Nassau County) to LaGuardia Airport in nearby Queens. Most of the time, it's not a bad ride, maybe 30 minutes. But try it during the evening rush hour (we left at 5 PM for her 8 PM flight) and that time doubles. I mapped out a route on the back road because the parkways are jammed and it worked out fairly well, just took a lot longer.


The return trip was tough, too, now that I was heading with the outbound rush hour flow. I could see the worse outbound traffic as I was heading to the airport and it was grim. I had mapped out some alternate routes but I couldn't get to them right away. It took me about 20 minutes to go the first few miles before things loosened up some on my back roads. Took me about 70 minutes to get home, making it a 2-hour round trip.


She is returning to New York this Sunday so it will be an easier trip, and coming to a different airport.


How anyone can drive in the NYC rush hour every day is beyond me.
__________________
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"
scrabbler1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2016, 05:24 AM   #20
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Greenwood
Posts: 168
It seems like the "little traffic window" of 10-2" no longer applies on Fridays. I have noticed that Fri. lunch hour traffic now creeps into early afternoon. Must be many taking early leave on Fridays......
__________________

__________________
brucethebroker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Afternoon Down Time Andy R Forum Admin 5 06-07-2008 01:57 PM
5pm tomorrow afternoon and Im ERed - retiringat50 Hi, I am... 7 05-21-2008 07:20 AM
Great News on a Friday Afternoon haha Other topics 4 05-13-2005 08:53 PM
Please help, I must make a decision this afternoon J. Tanne FIRE and Money 11 10-29-2003 08:00 AM
Please help, I must make a decision this afternoon J. Tanne FIRE and Money 1 10-29-2003 01:47 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:26 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.