Finding a Silver Lining: The Commute

I commute to work; nearly an hour each way.

And I complain about it a lot. I live in the city that I work in. If I drove it would take 15-20 minutes. Because I take the bus, it takes 50. That’s just bus travel time.

Commuting has the added benefit of exposing you to all kinds of a-holes too: people that have zero consideration for other people’s personal space; folks that don’t believe in deodorant; individuals that like to shake their umbrellas out all over you.

If you’ve ever stumbled on my twitter account, you may have noticed that every once in a while, I get into it with the transit company.

My particular bus schedule is insanely unreliable. I’ve brought this up since I don’t particularly love waiting an extra 20 minutes for a bus that may or may not show up on a Friday afternoon. I’ve called, left official complaints, tweeted at them for a quicker response, but it’s still a thing that evidently does not actually matter.

And let’s not even get started on the surly effing bus drivers I deal with on the regular.

But this is not meant to be a post about all the things that are wrong with our transit system (no one has that kind of time). My fiancé had knee surgery last week so he’s off work until the end of the month, which leaves the car free for me to take to work.

I thought about all the ways that I could spend the time I’d save by not taking the bus. Mainly they involved sleeping and more quality time at home (with Netflix obviously). I was excited to leisurely drive in, stop by a Starbucks where they just get me, park in the underground of my office building and not have to worry about all the stuff I had to carry because I wouldn’t have to carry it very far.

But somewhere in my saved time, I lost something awesome: two hours of reading time. Yesterday, in a whirl of traffic sitting, Starbucks sipping and paying for parking, I didn’t have a chance to take a time out from life and spend some quality time with a book. And I really noticed it. I came home completely burnt out.

I was so looking forward to starting Lainey Gossip’s Listen to the Squawking Chicken and I didn’t get that chance until I went to bed last night! I took the bus this morning. And despite the crowd of other sleep deprived commuter zombies, I enjoyed the ride because I took it with Lainey.

So even though a lot of the time I hate taking the bus and think about how much better it would be if I could get home faster, for now I’m going to sit back and read while someone else deals with rush hour traffic.

11 thoughts on “Finding a Silver Lining: The Commute

  1. Two things:
    1. The transit system blows and the only good thing about it is getting to have my phone without signal so I can read without interruption.
    2. Lainey’s book is amazing and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you finish!

  2. I live right down the street from the school I work at (even though I cross a state line in the process), but if I commuted and could read, that would be great. Do you typically get a lot of reading done on your commute?

  3. Didn’t know you had Twitter account but I’ve found it now.

    The week when I had to take public transport in I ended up shattered. True it increases my journey time from 30 to 90 minutes each way :-0 And I did enjoy the reading and cycling and walking time. I’m lucky not to live on a crowded route.

    Enjoy the book!

    • A 30 to 90 minute increase is not worth it if you don’t need to do it, even if you get to read! It’s a delicate balance though isn’t it? Your own time vs a stressful commute vs cost and distance. So many factors. I don’t think anyone’s commute is perfect (unless perhaps you live down the street from your work like Jennine!) but I’m trying to find the positive. Since Translink obviously doesn’t care about it’s riders, it’s really all I can do!

      • Yeah, I have to say I rely on my car. It’s pretty difficult squeezing a service/MOT in every year and I live in dread of those words “we’ve found a problem and we’ll have to keep it in…”

        Good that you don’t get travel sick while reading too!

      • I always forget that people get sick when they read in vehicles! I remember the first time someone told me about that and I was like “WHAT?!” Seemed like the most heinous thing in the world to me.

        I used to have an old car and I was always holding my breath for that very same reason. But she never really let me down.

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