What is your commute to work or school like?

I don't like sitting in traffic! - traffic like parked cars
United States
October 2, 2007 5:11am CST
I am so lucky! Since I don't drive I watched a store being built almost across the street from my apartment. As soon as it was up I got on the internet and put in an application and heard back in one day. Now all I have to do is basically walk across the street to get to work. I've spent a lot of years when I did drive sitting in unbeleivable traffic and hated every minute of it. This is one of the reasons I don't drive any more. What is your commute to work or school like? Do you try to find work as close to home as you can? Did you choose your school by location?
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@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
2 Oct 07
I'm lucky, my drive to work is about 25 minutes, thru mountains and now that the trees are turning, the fall colors are awesome. I'm also lucky in that, I work 9 months on 3 months off, the off months are Dec, Jan, and Feb. Just in case you're wondering, I also have my dream job, seasonal wildland fire fighter.
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@musicman6 (2368)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Hey, pa L., how have you been doing! Now that you have your dream job, how is it faring out! Aren't the mountains pretty, compared to these Texas flatlands? And have you had time from your job to keep up with t he Longhorns? And yes, ctrymuziklvr, you are either so lucky, or so smart to get that job from across the street! I wish I would have thought of doin that myself! As a matter of fact, I'm gonna do that in the morning, first thing! But it looks like I'm gonna have to ride bulls for work! I live across the street from the rodeo grounds!
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• United States
18 Oct 07
hiya music,things are going great with my job, loving everyday working in the forests up here. and always keepin up with longhorns and cowboys!
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@raychill (6571)
• United States
2 Oct 07
I feel like I've commented to you about this exact thing before. But I think the context was about rain. I live about 6.5 miles from my job but it takes anywhere for 30-50 minutes to get to and from work due to traffic. I go the back roads though so it's more lights and traffic...instead of interstate stop and go traffic. I go to school online so my commute to school is actually even easier than your commute to work :p why don't you drive? I've always wondered that.
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• United States
2 Oct 07
A few years ago I was going to college but taking a few of my courses online and I thoroughly enjoyed that! Talk about no commute. Why don't I drive? When I started taking psych meds I think I drove for one month and didn't like my "reactions" to rude drivers and since I've never had an accident in my life I didn't want to push it so I just stopped driving. I think the world is better with me off the road.
@raychill (6571)
• United States
2 Oct 07
Yeah. No commute to school rules. I just wanted to do online school because it's just easier and I'm a total homebody. Plus I'm not telling my work and it's easier to keep something I'm doing online a secret easier than some place that I'm going. Like "Sorry I can't stay late I gotta go to school" or whatever. you know. that's a good reason not to drive. i was just always curious cause you'd always talk about it. Both of my grandmothers have never driven. My grandfather would love to give up driving completely.. i know when people get older sometimes they just give up driving (and I'm not calling you old :p nor do I think you're as old as my grandparents.. I was just wondering if you'd gave it up for a reason or whatever!)
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@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
2 Oct 07
I don't drive either, so I take the bus or have my hubby drive me. It's nice to spend time with my family before work.
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• United States
2 Oct 07
Sometimes the best time spent with your husband is when he's taking you to work in the morning. I remember when I was with my ex and he used to take me to work. We could talk without the kids bothering us.
• United States
2 Oct 07
I work out of home. So my commute to work is waking up in the moring and walking down stairs. It's nice, especially since I don't have a car. Thanks!
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• United States
2 Oct 07
Your commute is even better than mine! And I thought I had it made :)
@rachael5760 (2455)
• Israel
18 Oct 07
I walk to College( I'm still in the middle of my teacher's credential, and my husband drives me to teach at a high school. I choose to live in Jerusalem, Israel because there is traffic, but it always moves, not like in Los Angeles, which in the 1980's the freeways were basically parking lots.
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18 Oct 07
For me my office is 60miles away from my home.. straight onto a motorway and there in 1hrs.But I find the time on route home good because i get to talk to my fiancee on my mobile with very little distractions. Also the 1hrs in the morning is quiet time... Time to think to myself without anything to get in the way. It seems far but i travel upto 400miles in a day due to a huge work area.
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@usmcsgtwife (4999)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Well I am a stay at home mom so all I have to do it get out of bed and walk downstairs, of course I am up and down the steps all day cleaning
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@KrauseHome (32345)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Well, I have worked almost right next to my house like you do, and it was nice, but now I work about 10 mins or so from my home in a vehicle, and I usually take the Bus to work as it saves money on Gas, and helps with the high commute to work.
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
im blessed because i don't experience any traffic going to my place of work. its a 3-5 minute drive. tricycle is our means of transportation. i choose to work here because its very practical compared to some work at the city..:-)
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Yes, you are very lucky. My commute is 30 to 45 minutes each way. Sometimes that's not bad, but in the winter, it can turn into an hour and a half of some horribly grueling crawling through some really horrible weather. Also a car can break down in the middle of no where and be hard to see. So spring, summer, and fall, it's tolerable, but in winter, it depends on the winter. Take care
• United States
3 Oct 07
I am lucky because I only have about a 5 minute drive to work. I really like it alot. I really like it because I live in Indiana and we get snow in the winter and I hate driving in it so I am glad I have a short distance to travel.
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@vissy10 (82)
• Philippines
3 Oct 07
I don't commute, my business/store is right where I live. I know the hassles of commuting though, traffic and lost hours made me want to establish my own business
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@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
3 Oct 07
I love my commute to work! I only live two blocks away from work so it's a super easy walk. I even walk when it's freezing out because it would take longer to warm up the car then to just walk there. It's also great when you've forgotten something and you can go home and get it and be back in like 5 minutes. It is much easier and it really saves on the gas money.
• United States
2 Oct 07
My commute isn't as easy as yours but it isn't a nightmare either. I get up and I get one bus that gets me to a shopping center near home. There I wait for another bus that takes right to work. It takes about an hour.What it great, my work pays for my bus fare.
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@terrych (1227)
• United States
2 Oct 07
Well the school, it is close to my place, I could take my car, but it is just impossible to get a parking spot... so I better take the bus to get there... tha bus come every 10 min, so it is not that bad, it takes me in total since I go out from my place between 20 to 40 min... I did not pick my school by location, but I did pick my apartment by location
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@fab315 (1244)
• Philippines
2 Oct 07
Hello! Me and hubby works in the same office so I do get a free ride everyday..*hehe* but there are times that he can't and he's in a meeting so I hire a transport to take me home or sometimes pick me up. The public transport here is very difficult and taxi drivers here are abusing coz ot the fact that there are only few of them. So most of the workers here hire private transport in mini van. Our office is not that far to our house actually but during summer it's just very hot to walk and it's not very safe for a woman to go walking alone here especially after sunset and my hubby doesn't want me to..I personally don't feel safe. Take care *smile* ciao! c",)
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@casablynn (150)
• United States
2 Oct 07
Ah you are very lucky. My commute is, I walk about ten minutes to the commuter train station and catch a train at 7:30 in the morning. It arrives an hour later in DC and I take the metro four stops, and then walk two blocks to my office. It's about an hour and a half journey one way, but I am not sitting in traffic and I get to read or crochet or just sleep while traveling towards my destination. I used to drive an hour to commute to work but after this, I don't think I will ever do that again, who needs the stress?
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
2 Oct 07
I work in the middle of nowhere. The drive is about 35 minutes-45 minutes. Along the way I pass through a small town with more red lights than stores. The speed limit is extremely slow. I also have to watch out for deer, turkey, possum and other critters that seem to like to end up as road kill and to destroy cars. The roads get narrow and windy and end up down to one lane.
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@rachael5760 (2455)
• Israel
24 Mar 10
Well now, I have my teacher's credential, I was working at an Elementary school, which was two bus rides away, but as I was just filling in for a maternity leave, I work on-line teaching English at www.live-english.net/il. So I don't even have to go anywhere, I just turn on my computer, make sure it is communicating to the Internet and work.