Thursday, February 08, 2007

Just another manic Thursday

When I first started my job, I could drive to work in 20 minutes on a good day. Now it generally takes me 45 minutes, often longer in the winter, naturally.

Today, it took me 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive in to work and 1 hour and 55 minutes to drive home.

It really makes me re-evaluate my priorities. Is anything worth that time that I will never get back again, not to mention the toll that all that commuting takes on the environment? I'm starting to feel that I am being irresponsible by working 30 kms from my home. I should be working within bike riding distance from my house. But I sure as hell am not moving.

I'll tell you what, the minute my one-way commute hits the 2 hour mark, I am quitting. Fuck this shit.
"Fuck This Shit" mp3 - Belle and Sebastian
Or if you would rather spend time in a happier place, check out Beckeye's blog for the great Jesus and Mary Chain video she posted.
Say it with me, children: "It's seeewwww guuuud!"


mellowlee said...

Oh man, that is WAY Too long to be travelling after work. I thought the one hour bus ride home from Kerrisdale was bad, but at least on the bus, you get to zone out and listen to the iPod!

Deb said...

I just returned from my drive to hour and a half round trip. And I thought that was bad...poor you, I feel for you. That's harsh. Funny I took pictures along the way and thought I'd post about the lonely trip...still might.

Oh I'm really loving those guys now (b & s). I'm sure they stole that title from me.

Toccata said...

I am now on my second listen of "Fuck This Shit".

I turned down a teaching position at the Interurban Campus for Camosun because I would have either had to move or buy a car and have a long commute. I think I made the right decision my father does not! But then I think he thinks college professor sounds better than tutor!!

~Jen~ said...

ugh i detest commuting...part of the reason i tend to move near whatever job i have...not being a home owner is handy that way...

Malnurtured Snay said...

Have you been moving farther and farther away or is traffic just getting more and more awfulastic?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well I did have Chad VanGaalen, the Pogues, Jarvis Cocker, and Cuff the Duke to keep me company on the commute today, Mel, so it was like a little party in the car. Actually, though there was this bus also stuck in traffic beside me on the Deerfoot and man I sure felt sorry for the people standing up in that thing.

I tell you, Deb, I'm glad I only work part-time or I would have lost it a long time ago. I should have brought my camera too! We could have done a comparative lonley trip photo essay together. But I never remember to bring my camera anywhere.
B&S are sassier than you would first imagine.

Fathers always want a college professor in the family, Toccata! I think you likely made the right decision too. Balance in your life is more and more important all the time.
If I'm not mistaken, I would swear that you are enjoying Fuck This Shit - and it's such a lovely tune too. I love the juxtaposition between the title and the melody.

Sometimes I miss being more mobile too, Jen, but then I remember what a pain in the ass it is to move and how I used to move once or twice a year, and how I how have boxes in the basement that were never unpacked from when we moved here 9 years ago, and I'm happy to stay put.

That is an excellent question, Mal Snay, and premium use of the word "awfulastic". The commute gotten worse. 2,000 people per month move to this city and it's starting to get crowded.

Kellee said...

Hi Barbarella! I have missed you! We need to catch up - all my love to the family!

mellowlee said...

Sounds like a wonderful car party! Oh man, I hate when I have to stand on the bus. Especially in the morning!

Johnny Yen said...

When I first took the job I have now, I was originally supposed to work at the school on the south end of Chicago, which would have entailed a 25 mile trek from one end of the city to another. When they offered me a job on the west side, about 20-25 minutes away, I jumped at it.

One plus of the other commute, though, would have been a daily drive on Lake Shore Drive, past Chicago's incredible skyline.

There was a hit song in the seventies, "Lake Shore Drive," by Alliota Haynes and Jeremiah.

Leazwell said...

I used to grumble about 40 minutes one way. When we got caught in a snow storm I experienced the 2 hour thing but that happened only three times in seven years.

Any possibilty of working more from your home?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Kellee, long time, no see!

Standing in a moving vehicle is just plain cruel, Mel. I always find it harder at the end of the day, though, when I'm tired.

I don't know that song, Johnny Yen, but I have seen many pictures of Chicago's gorgeous Lake Shore Drive. I think it was featured quite prominently in the film the Weatherman, wasn't it?

I'll bet the roads are gridlocked when you folks have snow, Leazwell. Commuting is starting to be the bane of my existence. I would love to do freelance work from home.

John Mutford said...

Way too long of a drive. Just move into your work.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've got a better idea, John - early retirement.

kelly said...

i love my 4 minute commute

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Just rub it in, Kelly!