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Who here commutes to work?

I have a potential job in NYC, at least an hour commute by train. Not sure how I feel about it, but the pay would more than make up for it. Just wondering how you people deal with it. I commuted to school and I hated it. I commuted to my previous job for some time, then I just moved because I hated it. If I had to drive, I dont think I would, but I think by train would be pretty tolerable.


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It sometimes takes that long to get 4 miles or so to work on the bus+train, depending of course upon when each shows up. It's cool unless I have to stand. I just whip out a book, turn up the tunes, and tune everyone else out.


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I'm on the train on the way home now.
Books, newspapers.. If you've got a laptop you could play games or even get some work done!
I bought an iPhone so I can email, surf, and watch podcasts on the way to and fro. I've also met some very nice people, from time to time.
Overall I'd rather live closer to work, but with real estate as it is I'd never be able to afford as nice a house as I currently have if I moved closer to downtown Toronto.
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I commute by car an hour each way to work. Been doing it for almost a year now and its getting old, very quickly. I put 16k on my MS3 in 6 months, not to mention spending the $400 a month on gas. Thankfully the pay and the job itself make up for it. I'm in the process of trying to find somewhere much closer. It's just too much extra frustration on top of everything else going on during the day.

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I was living with my girlfriend at the time in south plainfield, I took the train from metropark to nyc. It wasn't that bad. I just listed to music and read a book and time went by like it was nothing. The only time it sucked is when I fell asleep on the way home 2 stops after my stop I woke up.
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grumpy jap, the funny think about that is that my roomates boyfriend used to live in edison, taking the train every day into the city (he was a photographer too)

I think taking a train is going to be alot more reasonable than if i had to take the car. thats just plain stress.
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Yeah I drove in on the days I missed the train. It was hell going in, but the holland tunnel is the best way to go in, on the way out it was wonderful, well on the nice days, driving with the windows open after a LONG day of work is just plain nice.


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Yeah I live like 5 mins from work nowadays.. I use to live on the other side of town and didnt really mind it that much. It definitely wasnt an hour away though either... more like 15-20 mins. I dont think I could do it personally, I love that I can run home real quick pretty much whenever I wanted or if I forget something I just run home grab it and then am back in 10 minutes. My mom lives about 30-45 mins away from her work... and shes already complaining about how bad she hates the drive and hasnt even been doing it for a year yet.


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[quote author=foompla link=topic=123621.msg2618695#msg2618695 date=1221599952]
I have a potential job in NYC, at least an hour commute by train. Not sure how I feel about it, but the pay would more than make up for it. Just wondering how you people deal with it. I commuted to school and I hated it. I commuted to my previous job for some time, then I just moved because I hated it. If I had to drive, I dont think I would, but I think by train would be pretty tolerable.


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Well at least a lot of it would be by train (or so I assume). That is a lot better then an hour plus by car. You can nap, relax, read the paper, listen to music, read a book, etc on the train. Can't do that driving.

I'd really think long an hard about it though. Do you mean the pay would make up for the cost of the commute, or that the pay would be enough to really make up for taking 2+ hrs out of your day simply to get to and from your job. By my math if you say got up at 6am and your morning routine took you an hour, plus an hour commute, 8hrs of work and an hour commute home you are basically looking at getting ready for work or being out of the house from 6am till 5pm.

I remember when I was temporarily living with my wife right after we started dating. My apartment was 10 minutes from work, but I was staying at her place which was about an hour drive from work. I was totally wiped out at the end of each day. Of course I had to drive that full hour instead of taking a train, but my wife had about the same length of commute, but she took the metro in to DC for work and she was pretty wiped out from it.

Most people can do anything for enough money for a short period of time. I think you'll find though that the money just isn't worth it if you hate your commute, hate your job or hate your coworkers/boss. You can probably do it for awhile, but 2 or 3 years on you'll just hate life if any of the above really suck.
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[quote author=azazel1024 link=topic=123621.msg2620365#msg2620365 date=1221655002]
[quote author=foompla link=topic=123621.msg2618695#msg2618695 date=1221599952]
I have a potential job in NYC, at least an hour commute by train. Not sure how I feel about it, but the pay would more than make up for it. Just wondering how you people deal with it. I commuted to school and I hated it. I commuted to my previous job for some time, then I just moved because I hated it. If I had to drive, I dont think I would, but I think by train would be pretty tolerable.


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Well at least a lot of it would be by train (or so I assume). That is a lot better then an hour plus by car. You can nap, relax, read the paper, listen to music, read a book, etc on the train. Can't do that driving.

I'd really think long an hard about it though. Do you mean the pay would make up for the cost of the commute, or that the pay would be enough to really make up for taking 2+ hrs out of your day simply to get to and from your job. By my math if you say got up at 6am and your morning routine took you an hour, plus an hour commute, 8hrs of work and an hour commute home you are basically looking at getting ready for work or being out of the house from 6am till 5pm.

I remember when I was temporarily living with my wife right after we started dating. My apartment was 10 minutes from work, but I was staying at her place which was about an hour drive from work. I was totally wiped out at the end of each day. Of course I had to drive that full hour instead of taking a train, but my wife had about the same length of commute, but she took the metro in to DC for work and she was pretty wiped out from it.

Most people can do anything for enough money for a short period of time. I think you'll find though that the money just isn't worth it if you hate your commute, hate your job or hate your coworkers/boss. You can probably do it for awhile, but 2 or 3 years on you'll just hate life if any of the above really suck.
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Shit man, between commuting, working, and going to the gym I'm out of the house most days from 8am to 7/7:30pm...you saying that's not how it's supposed to go?


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