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What is the longest you have had to commute to work?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by FloridaRob, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. FloridaRob

    FloridaRob Active Member

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    I have alway been lucky that the furthest or longest I have had to drive to work was 15 minutes. The last 12 yrs, the longest I had to go to work was about 25 ft as it was out of my home. Now I may be taking a job that is about an hour and fifteen minutes away. I am trying to convince the wife to move about 30 minutes closer but she is pretty adamant about not doing it. So, has anybody had any longterm experience with a daily commute of an hour or more and how long did it get before you were burned flat out.

    I don't know if that is going to be a deal breaker or not.....may have to get a new wife. :D
  2. VietCowboy

    VietCowboy Be Realistic. Demand the Impossible.

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    I too cannot live far from where I go to school. I currently live 2 blocks from my school office, and cannot fathom people battling traffic each morning and late afternoon.

    The longest "commute" was my senior year in college when I lived off-campus, on the opposite side of campus from where my college/department was. Usually took 30 minutes to walk uphill (not a car friendly campus), and now, I cannot live more than 15 minutes away from my classes/office.

    I would say though, that probably after a week of doing it, you get used to it.
  3. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    I used to commute about 30 minutes to a waitressing job I had once. I moved to be closer to the job.

    Now my commute is about 20 feet.
  4. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    Over an Hour


    Over three hours if you count when I was in the reserves and went to drill weekend
  5. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    I've always had rough commutes for some reason, well over an hour on good days. It depends on two things: your disposition and what goes on around you. My disposition is extreme lack of patience and what goes on around me is sheer madness.

    By weeks end, I am certainly burnt out and it makes doing some things on the weekend a bit daunting, especially if it requires me doing more driving. So I'm the way I am because of circumstance, but if circumstances are more favorable in your case, you might not have a problem. I don't know what it's like in Florida, but NJ is absolutely dismal: over crowded and in a constant state of construction. And heavy trucks. Lots of them.

    If your commute is long because of distance and light traffic, you might fare well. Sometimes it's relaxing when you can just drive without the distractions of crazy people. If you're of mild temperament it probably won't bother you as much if there is traffic, only on the really bad days. You don't get snow and icy roads, so you have that going for you.
  6. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I've driven an hour before when I had a contract in Chicago and had to drive to Deerfield.

    My current commute to the office is 45 mins. However, I work remote approximately three days a week, sometimes more depending on the week.
  7. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    Our ranch is about 20 miles from where i live. So that's 40 miles a day.
  8. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    I once had to walk 20 miles in the snow, with no shoes, back and forth
  9. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    When I lived in Houston, my commute was about an hour. In Austin, it was about 45 at one point. What sucked was the traffic, not the distance. Doing an hour at 70mph vs 10mph is totally different.

    Since being layed off, I work out of my home so travel from my bed to my computer isn't too bad....even WITH traffic :)
  10. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    Yeag's house?:eek: :D
  11. jksmith269

    jksmith269 Proud Navy Veteran 1990-1995

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    When I was a plumbing superintendant I was driving from the west side of Atlanta almost 3 hours one way. if anyone is farmiliar with Atlanta, then Temple Ga to Habersham, which is about an hour N of Gainesville... it's amazing what you'll do to make a living...
  12. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    yeah, to beat him up

    it was worth it
  13. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    I have a daily commute of 45-50 minutes each way, and as long as the weather isn't lousy (I'm talkin' snow and ice), I don't mind the drive to work at all... I kinda ease into my work mindset on the drive... but I have to fight the urge to speed on the drive home, LOL...

    Now, gas prices are eating a huge chunk out of my paycheck, but that's another issue...
  14. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    And uphill, both ways, right??
  15. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    300 miles, 4 and a half hours, twice a week for about a year and a half. I'd leave on Monday afternoons or early evenings, sleep in a hotel, hit work at 6 in the morning on Tuesday and work until I was done and head back home. Do it all again on Thursdays and Fridays. I was paid for the travel time. I averaged over 65 hours per week, no overtime pay. I was in my 20s and my social life was the biggest casualty. Lost a great girl over how much I was gone and how tired I was when I was there.
  16. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and Brew... Staff Member

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    I drive an hour to work every day - then an hour back every day..............11 hour days - every day................
  17. FloridaRob

    FloridaRob Active Member

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    I don't know how you guys do it or did it. I guess I have been spoiled and at my age I cringe to think about doing that much driving. But in this economy you have to do things you would not normally do.
  18. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Active Member

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    About an hour. I lived in Greenville for a couple of months.
  19. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    My Dad does that. In fact he still does. The only difference between you and him is he walks uphill both ways. :D
  20. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    I was the only one in my company who was tough enough to pull that job off. I was sick one time and this kid named Robbie had to fill in for me. He needed days off to recover.

    It was grueling. I won't lie. Many times I came home on a Friday night and didn't walk in the door until 9:00 PM and had no girl to call for some company. In retrospect it wasn't worth the money or the life I was giving up by doing it.

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