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I've been driving from Annapolis to DC for 6 of the past 7 years. It's not that bad since I have somewhat flexible hours. I wake up at 5, leave by 5:45a, grab a coffee, and am at work by 6:45a each morning. I don't take lunch, but eat at my desk while working, so I generally get out of here by 3:30p each day.
You get used to it, and something that I've found that works great is getting an audio book and listening to that.
On the other hand, I almost agreed to commute from Annapolis to Reston for a year. Thankfully, that did not pan out..... I was crazy for even considering that.
I second the audio book solution - that really helps with my commute and the library usually has lots of decent options.
I have to do an hour plus commute a few times per week and I also have to double down on the audiobooks/podcast recommendation.
I don't have kids so I'm not worried about getting home by a certain hour, but I work with people who have kids and they do a similar schedule to what ericterp posted: get in by 6:30-6:45, don't take a lunch, leave by 4 so that they're home in time to spend some time with the kids. It has to be inconvenient at times, but you can make it work.
Ha. That's about what I do. 56.2 each way door to door.
The upside is I work basically from 530-130 every day and have a completely flexible schedule. Also, no kids.
I absolutely love getting home from work before 3 every day.
Also, this frees me up to work a second job, which I like. I do freelance research at the National Archives, which is right off the beltway on my way home. So 2-3 nights a week I can stop there and put in 4-5 hours there if I want.
Also, podcasts. The average podcast for me is 45-75 minutes, which is perfect for commuting.
If all you jerks would stay off my road I wouldn't have a long commute
This is basically me (more like 20 minutes) and I wouldn't ever want it to be longer than this.
I'm presently 25-40 minutes from my office. But I do go on the road often, and it pushes it upwards. I couldn't do more than an hour. I have clients in Baltimore on the north side (Mount Washington) and it takes 2 hours to get back to Va during rush hour. I couldn't do this daily.
That's a pretty interesting article. Great if everything is perfect, and you have no kids and both live in the town you work in.
While I sympathize with long commutes, complaining about 12 hours away at work a day seems pretty weak. I agree it might be wiser to move closer to spend more "work time" actually working.
How is complaining about spending literally 50% of your day for work weak?
I used to do the 1 hour and 15 minute commute from Gaithersburg to down by the Capitol. It sucked, but damn did I roll through some books. I'm at about 1/2 hour now and drive mostly instead of Metro. With a kid at home now, I don't know how I'd do that old commute now. Would drive me nuts. However, I'll admit that sometimes I miss my reading time on the train.
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
I did Kensington to Tysons for 25 years. It was 17 miles door-to-door and was never too bad in the morning, but could be very bad in the afternoon. I once made it there in under 15 minutes and one time it took me over two hours to go the first four miles to the Legion bridge (in clear weather).
I went years loving the trip home. The trick was to buy a 12-pack before getting on the beltway. This was pre-cellphone so it was absolute bliss to savor my little window of peace away from screaming and crying family and screaming and crying clients and bosses. I measured it in beers instead of time. Sometimes it was a two beer commute and sometimes it was six or more. The only downside was that the beer might warm up a bit on long summer days and the occasional need to find a place to pee along the way could be a drag.
Also, a long commute on the highway, where you mindlessly limp behind the car in front of you, is so much less stressful than dealing with lights and cross-traffic in the city. To me, there is nothing worse than sitting through a light cycle or two to get through an intersection.
...and assuming you sleep 7 hours, 71% of the hours you're awake during a weekday, and 50% of the hours you're awake throughout the week, including weekends. Way too much.
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
I woke up at 8:22 today and was in by 9. And I don't have to get into a car. The 15 minute walk is perfect. Wakes me up in the morning and let's me shut down at night. In the fall I was working anywhere between 12 and 16 hours a day. Adding an hour commute each way would have destroyed me. I have no idea how my coworkers handled that.
An hour(!) forced lunch would infuriate me. Unless the entire department is going out, I've never taken 30. Incredible waste of time.
I've had the forced lunch before, it sucks.
I even worked at a place that forced an hour lunch into your schedule but would encourage you to not take full hour.
I haven't commuted more than 5 minutes at two different jobs in 5 years. I couldn't imagine being in the car for 3 hours everyday. Also, going home for lunch is awesome.
This post was edited by zwterp08 17 months ago
That's awesome and horrible. Mostly awesome, though.
I've been driving from Balto to Beltsville for about 14 years. Sucks.
So do you get your oil changed every couple weeks? Just crunching some numbers in terms of mileage and that really does not sound fun.
For about a year I was doing North Bethesda to Rosslyn everyday. Despite the relatively low milage it was pretty hellish. 45 min in the morning (and that was leaving by 6:30), and minimum 1:15 at night. Really sucked the life out of me.
I'm currently looking to move my family closer to my job. They seem up for it. It takes me about 50 minutes to get to work and 50 minutes to get home, but it's longer in the morning when I have to drop my two boys off at school and my daughter off at daycare. It can take up to an 1hr. 15min. Where I'm looking to move would cut my commute to roughly 25 minutes. Sounds good to me.
This post was edited by JAWTerp 17 months ago
Where is your work/home?
This post was edited by MisterSmiley 17 months ago
San Marcos, Texas. Home is in Austin. Which means I'll be moving to somewhere in the rest of Texas.
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