Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Commuting and the Quality of Life

Slowly but surely I'm learning how taxing it is to have a really bad commute to work.  It used to be that I had a nice quick 10 minute drive to work with absolutely no traffic.  I would jump on the freeway, take it three exits, and then I was at work.

Now, that isn't anywhere near the case.  I have at least a 1.25 hour commute.  On bad days it can be two hours. I actually tend to handle traffic better than almost everybody I know, but a 2-4 hour commute is taxing on you no matter what.

It isn't even the drive that really bothers me.  It's the fact that I routinely lose about 3 hours of my day, every day, to a commute.  This used to be the three hours I would devote to this blog.  Since I have a very strict no blogging from work policy, this means I have to squeeze time in in the evening to be able to blog.  I really wanted to complete my Polycom analysis but I just don't have it in me when I get home at 11:00 and have to get to bed so I can be up by 7:00 to make the commute.  Blogging this weekend was out of the question since I spent most of it moving.  Luckily, I think I found a place much closer to work, and I hope to go and sign the papers tomorrow.

Quick thought on the market.  The whole market is down.  Like I said earlier, stay out for now.  I think if you are going to buy, buy in a few days.  Right now just does not look like a good time to go long in stocks.  Nothing is really working except for the few stocks that are coming out with good news.   I think a window might open soon, and you can get some good stocks at the bottom, but if you have to do something right now, short stocks.


  1. That's a lot of time sitting in traffic. Wow 1.25 hours times 5 days a week. I moved recently without really thinking about how far I need to travel for work. Turns out I shortened my commute from 25 minutes to 12 minutes. Feels great... especially after a long day at work.

  2. I really think you should look into the Metrolink.

  3. I know several people that take the Metrolink and they all love it. It's a little too expensive for me, and I leave at erratic times to and from work. I might look into it again because I paid off my car about six months ago, it didn't make sense to have a car payment and pay for the train. Ask your work if they pay for part of the monthly expense, they get a tax break because they're contributing to "carpooling". I have a friend that lives in Fontana that he takes the train into downtown Los Angeles everyday and his company pays 100%. That's a lot of gas money he's saving.

  4. My work will actually pay for my rail pass. I'm only hesitant because I will move soon and that should make the commute easier. I get either a parking pass or a rail pass and switching is a pain in the ass.