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Old 05-31-06, 09:37 AM   #1
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A scary read - the way the rest commute

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12438812/site/newsweek/
Amazing - a lot of these folks get up at 5 am to drive 50-80 miles each way. The average commute is 25 minutes, 9 out of 10 by car. My commute isexactly 25 minutes - but by bike!
I cannot imagine living like this. Cheers to biking it.
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I probably will live like that after college, can't really afford to live anywhere near where I will probably work.
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I grew up in a town in NJ where many parents commuted 1+ hours into NYC each day, mainly by train. The town was decidedly on the rural side of urban and with good school systems, so I can understand why a parent would sacrifice some of their time to make the big bucks that enabled their kids to grow up in a bucolic (but very sheltered) atmosphere.

Then I ended up living home for a bit and doing the NYC commute, prompting me to decide that my kids might have to grow up somewhere not quite 'in a bubble' so that their dad doesn't go nuts and can get home early enough to have a catch with them after work.

Now I live in Arlington VA, a few miles from my job, and in a very good place to raise kids. Should we decide to head back to NJ sometime, my preference would be to live and work in/near Princeton, Red Bank, New Brunswick, etc.
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I grew up in a town in NJ where many parents commuted 1+ hours into NYC each day, mainly by train. The town was decidedly on the rural side of urban and with good school systems, so I can understand why a parent would sacrifice some of their time to make the big bucks that enabled their kids to grow up in a bucolic (but very sheltered) atmosphere.

Then I ended up living home for a bit and doing the NYC commute, prompting me to decide that my kids might have to grow up somewhere not quite 'in a bubble' so that their dad doesn't go nuts and can get home early enough to have a catch with them after work.

Now I live in Arlington VA, a few miles from my job, and in a very good place to raise kids. Should we decide to head back to NJ sometime, my preference would be to live and work in/near Princeton, Red Bank, New Brunswick, etc.
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We picked our house partially based on proximity to work. It is smaller that what we would be able to afford if we lived further away. Multiple times a week, I am grateful for our choice. We have kids and, although most of the reasons for commuting by bike are selfish, I feel like I'm setting a good example.

Yesterday, I had to pick up our car which was in the shop and drive to an errand in Cambridge. The whole way home, stuck in traffic, with my bike sticking out the back of the car, I'm thinking "how/why to people do this to themselves?"
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I grew up with my dad commuting 1+ hrs each way, first in LA and then Houston. We grew up on 2 acres, big house, pool, semi-yuppy protected sheltered neighborhoods. Many of my coworkers do the same thing now. But i think i would have preferred to have my dad around for an extra 10hrs a week. Now that i'm in the same spot (young family) my woman and i've decided that we'd rather have the smaller house closer to work, so i can spend the time with the family.

I guess the topic has been beat to death before, but it's all about choices. No "right" or "wrong", just different choices. I tend to think any way but my way is silly. but as the lone commuter here at work, lemme tell you, a lot of folks here think I'm foolish!
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i like living close to work. my commute is 2 miles. i feel like i'm "buying time" when i consider the higher cost of housing close in.
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Long commutes completely kill your quality of life. My wife and I's first home was in a rural area. We planned on living/working in the sticks. When I couldn't find work out there I commuted an hour and a half into the city. That lasted a few months before we rented out our house and leased an apartment in the city. We were lucky enough to buy our current house in the burbs a couple years ago, my commute is now a mile by bicycle. My son's school, post office, and grocery stores are all within a mile as well. Life sure is good
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I guess the topic has been beat to death before, but it's all about choices. No "right" or "wrong", just different choices. I tend to think any way but my way is silly. but as the lone commuter here at work, lemme tell you, a lot of folks here think I'm foolish!
This lone commuter chooses not to poison the air, trash the landscape, subsidize large, psychotic corporations, kill 42,000 people per year, support criminal wars overseas, or become part of the nation's obesity epidemic. If that makes me foolish, we need more fools!
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Our car died on my wife Thursday night, so Friday I didn't ride so I could pickup a rental car for the weekend, had to deal with a sleazeball guy dooing the high pressure sales thing for extra insurance. Then the stop-start traffic for an hour to get home. Monday took a day off to replace the dead car, more driving in traffic, more sleazeball car salesmen, paying out cash to the repair shop for telling us the old car wasn't worth fixing, paying out cash here, there everywhere. Too late to drop of the rental Monday evening, so Tuesday I don't ride and drop off the rental, pay out more cash, transit to work and home. Could have put my wife and I on DA equipped CF road bikes for the cash we spent. All the time I'm thinking "this is the commuting mode of choice for 85% of the workforce, they're insane."
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Our car died on my wife Thursday night, so Friday I didn't ride so I could pickup a rental car for the weekend, had to deal with a sleazeball guy dooing the high pressure sales thing for extra insurance. Then the stop-start traffic for an hour to get home. Monday took a day off to replace the dead car, more driving in traffic, more sleazeball car salesmen, paying out cash to the repair shop for telling us the old car wasn't worth fixing, paying out cash here, there everywhere. Too late to drop of the rental Monday evening, so Tuesday I don't ride and drop off the rental, pay out more cash, transit to work and home. Could have put my wife and I on DA equipped CF road bikes for the cash we spent. All the time I'm thinking "this is the commuting mode of choice for 85% of the workforce, they're insane."
I hear that! whenever i have to deal with the auto industry i feel like a money tree, just getting stripped of everything . Such a racket: sleazeballs wherever you go, just doing their best to chisel you out of your hard-earned money.
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Our car died on my wife Thursday night, so Friday I didn't ride so I could pickup a rental car for the weekend, had to deal with a sleazeball guy dooing the high pressure sales thing for extra insurance. Then the stop-start traffic for an hour to get home. Monday took a day off to replace the dead car, more driving in traffic, more sleazeball car salesmen, paying out cash to the repair shop for telling us the old car wasn't worth fixing, paying out cash here, there everywhere. Too late to drop of the rental Monday evening, so Tuesday I don't ride and drop off the rental, pay out more cash, transit to work and home. Could have put my wife and I on DA equipped CF road bikes for the cash we spent. All the time I'm thinking "this is the commuting mode of choice for 85% of the workforce, they're insane."
I hear that! whenever i have to deal with the auto industry i feel like a money tree, just getting stripped of everything . Such a racket: sleazeballs wherever you go, just doing their best to chisel you out of your hard-earned money.
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Our car died on my wife Thursday night, so Friday I didn't ride so I could pickup a rental car for the weekend, had to deal with a sleazeball guy dooing the high pressure sales thing for extra insurance. Then the stop-start traffic for an hour to get home. Monday took a day off to replace the dead car, more driving in traffic, more sleazeball car salesmen, paying out cash to the repair shop for telling us the old car wasn't worth fixing, paying out cash here, there everywhere. Too late to drop of the rental Monday evening, so Tuesday I don't ride and drop off the rental, pay out more cash, transit to work and home. Could have put my wife and I on DA equipped CF road bikes for the cash we spent. All the time I'm thinking "this is the commuting mode of choice for 85% of the workforce, they're insane."
I hear that! whenever i have to deal with the auto industry i feel like a money tree, just getting stripped of everything . Such a racket: sleazeballs wherever you go, just doing their best to chisel you out of your hard-earned money.
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Old 05-31-06, 01:45 PM   #14
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^^^^ wow triple post-age!
does anyone else have issues with the website freezing up, then hitting "refresh", and the post hits more than once??
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A round trip of 160 miles is going to cost over $6000 per year for fuel alone at current prices, plus the additional 40,000 miles of wear and tear. I for one would prefer to spend that money to get a place in the city, closer to work and save the commute time for cycling. What kind of math are these people using?
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I live 50 miles from work

Sadly, I have to admit to living 50 miles from the office. I have multiple reasons for this: going back to school, affordable housing, living closer to relatives, wanting to live on the coast.... Also, I have a great job that just isn't that common, and I have it at a wonderful firm. I'd have to drive 50 miles in the other direction to find the same job.

On the days I work in the office, I will rack-up 2 hours of driving a day. I really don't have a problem with this. I use to live 15 miles from work, and due to traffic, I spent the same amount of time driving. Although I live much further from work now, I have the option of taking mass transit, which was not a reasonable option before I moved. Maybe once or twice a week I take the train and ride my bike from the train station into work.

Of course, I wasn't stupid when I decided to move 50 miles away from work. Work can take me as much as 150 miles away from the office depending on the job site. My work has given me all the job sites between home and the office. Therefore, somedays I telecommute. I'll go visit a jobsite 15 minutes from home for half the day and go back home to work on the computer.

It took a long time to manipulate my situation to the way it works now, but I think it works well. Somedays, I love my commute and other days I wish I could move out of SoCal to some podunk town Idaho where life is slower.
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Heh, I used to be an "extreme" commuter in that for one summer job (not what you think -- highly technical and well paid) I had a commute that took something like 90 minutes. However... I would ride to the train station, be on the train 40 minutes, then ride to work. I wasn't complaining! It was a reverse commute, to boot (living in the city, working in the 'bubrs).
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I commuted by car at around 1 hour each way for probably at least 3-4 years. Thats not counting that sometimes I had to form triangles going inbetween 3 places.

My wife was living in W. Virginia for a while, and she was pulling a 1.5 hour commute one way.

You really get used to it. I'm just glad I can start commuting by bike now. Im only around 2.5 miles from work (though kinda urbanish).
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This lone commuter chooses not to poison the air, trash the landscape, subsidize large, psychotic corporations, kill 42,000 people per year, support criminal wars overseas, or become part of the nation's obesity epidemic. If that makes me foolish, we need more fools!
No, you must be a dang Saint. Saving the World and accomplishing miracles, all with your lone commute on your bike.
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I couldn't do that. Then again, I don't have a degree in a highly specialized field which pays well enough to do that. Even if I could afford it, I doubt I would be able to do it in good conscience against my ideals.

My ideals tend to hold me back from lots of things...I dropped a record deal 3 years ago because they wanted me to sing a way that was not to my liking. Best move I ever made...I love my job!
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Mostly the reason why people commute like this is just due to the fact that job availability isnt always in open access close to where you live. I live in Oklahoma, for example. The town I live in is probably one of the only bike friendly towns in the entire state. I can go anywhere in this town on a bike.

But theres a great deal of suburbs here, and at least half of the people who work inside of Oklahoma City actually live outside of it.

Good Job > Long Commute
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^^^^ wow triple post-age!
does anyone else have issues with the website freezing up, then hitting "refresh", and the post hits more than once??
If it appears to freeze up during a post, I middle-click on the thread link at the top of the page to open a new tab on the main thread page, and see if it posted before I try again. Most of the time it did post. If so then I just close the posting tab.

(for those using antiquated browsers, replace "middle click" and "tab" with "right click & 'open in new window'" and "other window").
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No, you must be a dang Saint. Saving the World and accomplishing miracles, all with your lone commute on your bike.
The world is changed one small step at a time. "Everyone else is doing it, I can't make a difference" does not excuse wrong behavior.
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^^^^ wow triple post-age!
does anyone else have issues with the website freezing up, then hitting "refresh", and the post hits more than once??
Oh yeah... thought it was my home computer, but my work comp does it too.

Both run Win 2K and Mozilla... and this is the only web page I frequent that does this. I believe it is a server issue on their end, but I'm here free, so I can hardly complain.
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I did the 45 minute commute for a couple of years - you learn to hate it. Thankfully, I was able to pick my hours, so I missed the worse of the traffic or it would have been more like 1 1/2 hours each way.

Better job, better opportunity. What we did was spend all our time in the morning BEFORE work - when I arrived back, I was expected to be dead tired.

It worked, but I have no desire to do it again. What was silly was I could do the same work from home (computer geek stuff) - no need for the drive. So, finally I just went and told them that I was moving to Costa Rica. They asked if I was quiting, I said only if they stopped paying. They asked me where to send the money. (We own another business in Costa Rica)

Two years later, they still are sending money. What is so sad about these commutes is that often they just aren't necessary.
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