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11:01 pm on Jan 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Here's a new one: how do you get to work? In the comfort of your own car? Or if you live in a city, on some public transportation? What about your travelling time?

I used to drive a car but on my new job I have to use the subway since there is no parking available. Every morning I cram myself into a train already overloaded with people. I literally have to use my arms to fend off people from invading "my space".

A major problem is how to avoid staring at other people. Simply because there are people all around you. As a result, everyone is reading a news paper to avoid confrontation. After a few stations I start to heat up in this ridiculously overcrowded wagon and feel even more unconfortable. If I am lucky, I arrive at my stop after about 20 minutes, gasping for air and trying to regain my composure.

What's your story?

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I walk upstairs, switch on the computer, go back downstairs pour my coffee...look out the window at the birds and the hills then after the AV has done it's job I get annoyed because I have to go back upstairs, leave the dishes til later and do some work...

you should try asking again in the summertime! (it's a much more difficult decision then ;) )

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2 and a half hours in with bumper to bumper traffic, and 2 and a half hours out with bumper to bumper traffic. I am glad though I don't have to take public transit. I hope in my next life I will be able to walk or ride a bike to work.
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With Denver's sub par mass transit system I have little choice but to brave rush hour traffic. Their currently widening I-25 (my main road to work), which won't be complete for another 4 years so the constant construction also adds to the drive time. I probably average 30 min in the car to work and 45 min home.. If it rains or snows the times can double..
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3 minute drive down the street :) Car, I could bike but that would take 40 minutes. :P

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My trusty old Honda revere, arrive with a smile on my face every time :-)

Last week the icy roads forced me onto public transport, and I remembered all the reasons why I hate it.

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I wake up, walk into the den/office, toss a log on the fire and sit down at my desk. Coffee is already brewed and sitting on the filing cabinet. On some really chilly mornings I'll walk outside and start the car, let it run while the dogs wander the yard before walking back inside.
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I go down stairs, fire up the coffee, turn the corner and power up the office.I used to have to go out in the world to work and hated every second of it. Now I have webmasterworld and the rest of the universe at the end of the hall.
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You could always take the Veggie Van [hybridcars.com]
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6 paces to the right of the bedroom into the lounge and fire up the machine!. Put the kettle on (see tea making thread), fire up the tv for the news reports and doze for 20 mins until I wake up or my cigarette drops into the tea cup.
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1 hour commute to the "other" side of the city.
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Get up, warm up the car,(was -20C this morning) head over to Tim Horton's and grab an extra large double double and head back home to my office.

BTW, Tim Hortons is a mega chain of coffee / donut shops that is an institution in Canada. They spike the coffee with some weird drug that makes you ABSOLUTLY NEED ONE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING OR YOU WILL GO FREKIN MAD.

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About a 5 min drive each way. Won't take a job where I have to deal with crazy gridlock and waste my life in bumper to bumper traffic for hours each day. They don't allow bikes in the office building and have no bike racks. If its nice out sometimes I'll take the shoeleather express.
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Every morning I cram myself into a train already overloaded with people. I literally have to use my arms to fend off people from invading "my space".
Ha! That's crowded? Let me tell you crowded...The train I take to work they have guys on the platforms who wear white gloves and their only job is to push all the people into the car. It was so crowded this morning that I couldn't raise my hand to scratch an itch on my nose...had to wait until I got off. I envy you people who can move your arms on the train ;)
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I stagger out of bed and flip on the computer and then fire up the tea-kettle. I'd like to get myself into a routine where I take a 20-minute walk before I flip on the computer, but my curiosity about what spam awaits me is just too much.
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I'm one of those paper-reading train people Go2 mentionned. Just over 30 minutes time, perfect to read the stuff that I'm interested in and if the train is late I even get to do the crossword puzzle :).

Duh, I envy you home office people.

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Walk 30 yards down the street on the way in to work.

On the way home, I cross the road after 25 yards and go into the pub that is opposite my flat :)

It's a hard life.

3:52 pm on Jan 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I envy you home office people.

As Shakespeare never said "Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence"

3:56 pm on Jan 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I envy you home office people.

I personally would not want to work from home all the time. In fact, I know people that work in the affiliate and freelance industry that work by themselves and have offices.

3:57 pm on Jan 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Currently it's a 20 minuets drive, just enough time to relax before the hell that awaits me.

I wish I could work at home, I am so much more productive there.

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Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

Grass? Isn't that the thing that lies around home but which I don't see because it's still dark when I leave for the city and already dark when I get home?

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A glorious five minute drive to the other side of town and hopefully arriving just in time for the ten o'clock coffee ritual.

I did try the working from home thing for a while when it was offered, but the novelty wore off after about two hours of being alone...to each their own.

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that work by themselves and have offices.

But what's the point? They will be alone in their offices too. That probably gives some exercise to their car. No.. wait.. I get it. They have a nagging spouse :)

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I have about a 3-4 minute drive to work. Occasionally I take a detour to go get a burrito or sausage of some sort and a Mt. Dew on the way to work. I'm just glad the local Krispy Kreme is about 20 minutes away.
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Long walk down two flights of stairs. Glance out the windows of my hillside office to dusk, or midnight darkness, or dawn or to the rolling hills of the Brandywine River valley. The wide world of the web is just a shuffle of the mouse away.
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>> The wide world of the web is just a shuffle of the mouse away.

Ah... serenity...

When I work for the company that pays me (meantime I'm trying to make the jump to working for myself fulltime) I drive 35 minutes down a mostly empty Interstate. Beautiful rural landscapes from here to there. A traffic jam consists of 40 cows crossing the road for their daily milking or getting stuck behind a school bus as it makes it's morning rounds (State law that you must not pass a stopped school bus with its flashing lights on).

On those choice days when I work at home - it's 10 steps to the 'office'.

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the novelty wore off after about two hours of being alone

I don't think I have notably more human contact when I'm at the office than I do when I'm at home. Dropping in at the office every few days would be plenty.

Two jobs, one a 15-minute drive away. Hopefully soon to be replaced by a fifteen minute bike ride. Just need to get a working bike again, since the one time I tried it the travel time was the same.

The other job is my as yet unprofitable business, which is run from right here in my study.

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I sit 1 hour on interstate 4 in orlando. Traffic is worse during the summer due to the influx of tourist (That section of i4 leads right to disneyland). The tourist are either lost or confused, and seem to think that because they do not live in this state they do not have to observe common decency of driving.

If it is raining I find another way home, because there is ALWAYS an accident in that corridor because people dont understand words like 'hydroplane'

Before I go home at night i check this webpage:

[trafficinfo.engr.ucf.edu...]

it shows in real-time the speed of the traffic in that stretch of interstate 4. If it looks too slow, I take the expressway home, which costs me 3 bucks.

I am moving in a month or two because i despise I4 with all my heart.

8:44 pm on Jan 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>How do you get to work?

I don't work!
I have FUN in my office six steps from the bedroom where I sometimes have "more fun".

[I'm old]

8:55 pm on Jan 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'm old

How old? Ye still got all teeth? ;)

I have a small office on the first floor - so I have to go through the pain of climbing up/down a few steps every single day.

However, I soothe my tired muscles by playing Metallica/GNR real loud on my new Creative 5 speaker system.

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