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Old 12-19-2006, 10:03 AM   #21
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It's amazing that people (like me) will tolerate a crappy commute for money. Then again, money is the yardstick by which many people measure success. I use money as a means of measuring my ability to ER.

For the record my commute to work is about 1 hour, while my commute home is usually 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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Re: Long Commute is a source of unhappiness of work
Old 12-19-2006, 10:44 AM   #22
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Yes, I agree. When I lived out West, I had a townhouse that's about 0.6 mile from work. If I go out to the street, I can see my office. I'd listen to music until about 8:50 AM, and then hop on my bicycle to go to work, or if it snowed, I would jog to work. Then I moved back East. When my real estate agent was blabbing on and on about how easy the 12-mile commute was for me from my potential new house, I almost strangled him. I didn't realize that he wasn't being sarcastic.
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Re: Long Commute is a source of unhapiness of work

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Do you agree with the following order of importance of a job? Commute is almost at the bottom of list - surprisingly.

Salary
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Benefits
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I think this post could start a whole new thread...
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Old 12-19-2006, 11:54 AM   #24
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Only until the commute starts to become a nightmare during daylight hours.

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One summer I lived on Long Island and took the train/subway into Manhattan every day. 1.5 hours each way! That's no way to live.
Ugh. It's the way I'm living right now (more like 1.25 hours each way for me, but still ...)

The only benefit is that I do get at least a solid hour of reading time every day. And the New York Public Library rocks.

But this commute definitely has a shelf life - I'm giving it another 5 years tops.
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I am in the same boat. My commute is about 40 minutes on a normal day. The driving distance is 30 miles one way. On a snow day, it may take up to 2 hours.
Well, maybe the boat is your problem. Most people drive something with wheels.
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My commute is measured in feet and seconds, not miles or hours...of course I work from home. I still hit the road all the time to visit customers, but I set appointments for non-peak travel times. why should I inconvenience myself? my earliest appointment is at 10 or 11 am and the latest is around 1.30 - 2pm. That way I miss all the vaunted Southern California traffic and get home before 3 o'clock. Seriously though, I really hate traffic. I wouldn't want to do more than an hour drive each way , I don't care how much they were paying me.
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My Morning commute is about an hour and in the evening an haur and a quarter. I hate the waiting in traffic in the evening and the idiotic drivers in the morning. Today was idiot take a pickup truck to work day.

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Today it took me an entire 3.5 minutes to get to my j*b. I saw at LEAST 3 other vehicles, too. I guess I need to start out earlier to beat all that nasty-*ss traffic!!!
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If not for the fact that I want to spend more time with my family I would not mind a longer commute.
This might sound crazy to you, until you realize I commute on a bicycle. 7 miles one way takes me about half on hour.
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If not for the fact that I want to spend more time with my family I would not mind a longer commute.
This might sound crazy to you, until you realize I commute on a bicycle. 7 miles one way takes me about half on hour.
That's what I used to do during the summer biking to work. It's about 30 minutes for a 6 miles ride.
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Do you agree with the following order of importance of a job? Commute is almost at the bottom of list - surprisingly.

Salary
Good environment
Benefits
Good co-workers
Good technology
Enjoyable projects
Challenge
Good management
Stability
Freedom
Flex time
Education
Commute
Advancement potential
Independence/trust
Training
Who they hell would put a commute that low on the list?!?! In my last town my commute was 7 minutes one way (if I hit both lights). Now I'm up to about 20 minutes and I think that takes forever.

I can't believe people do over an hour a day (one way)! To me I work too long at 8 hours a day and making it 10 seems nuts, I like my family life too much to do that!

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Who they hell would put a commute that low on the list?!?! In my last town my commute was 7 minutes one way (if I hit both lights). Now I'm up to about 20 minutes and I think that takes forever.

I can't believe people do over an hour a day (one way)! To me I work too long at 8 hours a day and making it 10 seems nuts, I like my family life too much to do that!

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here is source: http://sageweb.sage.org/salsurv/sal05.pdf (2005 System Administrator Salary Survey)

A short Commute is still considered as one of the favorite attributes of work even though it may not be high in the list.

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3 miles - about 8 minutes. Maybe 12 if I hit all the red lights and get caught in traffic. Pretty bad!

I've done the 30+ mile commute that takes 30-45 minutes for a few summers/semesters during school. Not fun and the traffic was bad and unpredictable. Nothing as stressful as getting ready for what should be a 30 minute drive home on a Friday afternoon and finding out that there's a wreck 10 miles up and it ends up taking 1.5 hours to get home.
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My last three years (and on and off throughout my employment here), my commute was 2.5 miles. Before 15 years ago, I used to walk a little more than a mile; but they took out the street and built an overpass further down .
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If the train is running properly, my commute is two hours door to door -- each way. That's right, four hours of commuting per day, plus 10 or more hours a day at w*rk = a very long day.
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If the train is running properly, my commute is two hours door to door -- each way. That's right, four hours of commuting per day, plus 10 or more hours a day at w*rk = a very long day.
At least no wear and tear on your car
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I had to get a jump start this past weekend because it had been so long since I last drove it.
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Heck - back in ancient times it seemed like a twenty minute walk to my desk from the Boeing parking lots. My favorite was the two guys who had a department store dummy dressed up in the car so they could fool the security guy and park closer in the share the ride parking lot.

The half hour/forty minute drive to get to the lot was a nit.

With a 'tan' VW - decorating the antenna with something unique helped me 'find' the car at quiting time. Kept tennis shoes in my desk to sprint to the lot(so did others) to get ahead of the rush hour.

heh heh heh heh - 40 yrs and more lanes - rush hour is still kinda grippy in greater Seattle(1966 vs 2006) - but as a visiting ER - just hurry up and wait.

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It is interesting to watch commuters jocky for position on the west bound Bainbridge Ferry commute in the evening. Some actually run up the ramps to be able to snag a seat on the Poulsbo or Kingston express busses.

Folks on my route just let the bulls run thankful that ours is a local route.
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