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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 2:53 AM
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The longest I did was 1hr 30min, that drove me mad pretty quickly to be honest. Half an hour is OK; a bit longer is alright, particularly if I can do it on foot/bike and get a little exercise in too.
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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 3:25 AM
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I always used to work close to home (less than 20 mins walk) but my new job is 35 miles away and I travel by train and bike. Depending on the weather I may sometimes bike all the way which is a 2.5 hour journey. Its tiring but gets me some exercise and I can do something I enjoy everyday biking and SQL developement.
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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:24 AM


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At one point I used to travel 2 hours to work and 2 hours back. Since then I have relocated closer to work and haven't had to travel more than 30 min. However staying close to work is expensive rent wise.

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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:47 AM
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I work in the city (northern Metro Detroit) but get to live in my vacation home (10 acre farm in a rural area 50 miles north of Detroit).

I’ve always been able to arrange my time so I manage to avoid rush hour. Current position (six years) is 48 miles one-way, and I can consistently do this in 60 minutes or less. Due to my position in life (late 40’s, kids out of the house, wife working) and a focus on some career development, I’m working 5:30 am – 6:00 pm M-F (my choice) plus the commute. This beats the traffic in and follows the traffic home.

I’m driving a 2000 Ford Focus. Had 69,000 miles when I bought it 5.5 years ago. Now has 232,000 miles. (Just keep changing that oil!) Gets 30-32 MPG, so it is currently costing me about $11/day just in gas. (Would love to get a turbo diesel when this gets replaced.)

Telecommuting is not an option for regular work hours, but is an option for anytime outside regular hours.

The commute in is usually spent catching up on news (radio). The commute home is “unwind” time, listening to music, books-on-tape (mp3), running errands, etc.

Home time is spent enjoying the stars, walking the dog, raising apples and grapes and chickens, enjoying the silence and fresh air, smelling fresh-cut hay, occasionally getting snowed in, and regaling city-dwelling co-workers with stories about well problems, using tractors, splitting wood and heating the house with a wood stove, no cable TV, etc. No neighbors closer than 500 feet away. Also – no home-owner’s association or subdivision rules!
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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:55 AM
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I live 8 miles from work and bicycle to work 2 or 3 days a week. When I moved to this state I waited until I found my job then bought a house close enough so I could ride my bike. Furthest I've ever had to commute was about 20 miles and that was still within biking distance.
It's a lifestyle choice living near the city so I can bike to work, but it works well for me.
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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:16 AM


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Todd Townley (8/11/2011)
I work in the city (northern Metro Detroit) but get to live in my vacation home (10 acre farm in a rural area 50 miles north of Detroit).

I’ve always been able to arrange my time so I manage to avoid rush hour. Current position (six years) is 48 miles one-way, and I can consistently do this in 60 minutes or less. Due to my position in life (late 40’s, kids out of the house, wife working) and a focus on some career development, I’m working 5:30 am – 6:00 pm M-F (my choice) plus the commute. This beats the traffic in and follows the traffic home.

I’m driving a 2000 Ford Focus. Had 69,000 miles when I bought it 5.5 years ago. Now has 232,000 miles. (Just keep changing that oil!) Gets 30-32 MPG, so it is currently costing me about $11/day just in gas. (Would love to get a turbo diesel when this gets replaced.)

Telecommuting is not an option for regular work hours, but is an option for anytime outside regular hours.

The commute in is usually spent catching up on news (radio). The commute home is “unwind” time, listening to music, books-on-tape (mp3), running errands, etc.

Home time is spent enjoying the stars, walking the dog, raising apples and grapes and chickens, enjoying the silence and fresh air, smelling fresh-cut hay, occasionally getting snowed in, and regaling city-dwelling co-workers with stories about well problems, using tractors, splitting wood and heating the house with a wood stove, no cable TV, etc. No neighbors closer than 500 feet away. Also – no home-owner’s association or subdivision rules!


Yup, we talk the same language. My city slicker colleages take expensive weekend breaks away to see the stars and hear jackal calls while I get the same by just traveling home a bit longer every day.
We can taste the difference between city tap water and fresh water pumped from a well.
Gave up on hobby tunnel farming because of the attention time it required and is now raising pecan trees to boost my pension in later years. Amuse my co-workers with my antics in bush fire fighting, how to erect cattle proof fences and why I always come to work on Mondays with abused hands..


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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:18 AM
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I've been in Atlanta my entire post-collegiate career (30 yrs) and I've had everything from a "35 mile across the city center" commute to a "stumble into the home office" commute. The 35 miler was my first job and convinced me to always try to find work that was near home. The home office commute was my last job where I was a consultant on a team with members in 3 states. That gig lasted 9.5 years and allowed me time with my kids while they were growing up that I never would have had the option for if I was working a "real" job. I've been very fortunate. I remember while growing up in the D.C. suburbs, my dad would catch the Metro bus a block away and ride it into the Pentagon while he told me of co-workers who drove in from Front Royal, a 75 mile trip from the Shennandoahs. I love the mountains, but that just seemed crazy to me back then and I still wonder about the trade-offs in gas, family time and after-work time with co-workers.

Now I drive ~20 minutes to downtown and while shorter would be nice, my route puts me past the grocery stores etc. that I would have to otherwise make a special trip to hit.
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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:20 AM
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I live in a county in Minnesota that doesn't have many jobs, so my options are few. My wife did the right thing and had a job before moving here. She is 10 minutes from her job. I have been anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 20 minutes. The hour and 1/2 was too much. I had no time for anything else. But I knew it was temporary.

Currently I'm 1 hour, 3 times a week and yes it is worth it. We love our 3 acres. Living in a rural area requires some trips to the city for supplies anyway. Audio books and podcasts pass the time and make it useful.
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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:26 AM
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If you count the time I spent working as a consultant, my commute could be anywhere form 5 minute to 8 hours, and I got home maybe every second weekend...

For the last 10 years, I have had steady employement for a company that's about a 25 minute drive in light traffic. I find this to be perfectly acceptable.

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Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:34 AM
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Fortunately for me my commuting time is about 30 minutes and 20 when schools are in recess. Also this is due to the fact that I leave home at 7:00am the latest and I am able to adjust the working schedule at work. Living in a city like Miami, it’s hard to have a commuting time of 30 minutes or less with this city kind traffic (HELL). Commuting time is one of the factors to consider when looking for job, when you have one, when not, you will consider even going to a different city, state, etc .to be able to work. Some people have to commute more than the 30 minutes Andy’s rule, because of the opportunities they had found. Moreover those that have to commute over an hour might be getting at their jobs kind of tired of this commuting time, and the time to start being productive is dramatically affected by this commuting time. Telecommuting should be the answer, but how well accepted is this practice. This might be part of another discussion. In the mean time drive safely, never drive when you are sleepy, and if you are sleepy, put in practice the POWER NAP, stop in a secure place, and rest and get home safe.
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