New York and Chill

The Grand Ave subway station in northeast Queens is a madhouse at 7:15 am. Young people tryna get to school, grownups tryna get to work; it’s crowded; it’s uncivil; nobody gives way; nobody is polite; elbows are out; people are squished; if I don’t get on this train I’m gonna be LATE. (Continual delays and disruptions  are a microagression against all New Yorkers, but I’ll let others moan about that).

However, the same station at 7:00 am is nice. It’s tranquil. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. There’s a place to stand, maybe even a seat.

So I leave my house much earlier than I need to, just to have a peaceful ride to the city.  I spend the extra time at Starbucks composing original content for all you fine people.

So yes, I’d rather wake up earlier, and get to work earlier, in order to have extra time to chill.

How is your commute? Would you leave your house earlier just to avoid unpleasantness?

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9 thoughts on “New York and Chill”

  1. I read something I try to do. It is arriving 30 minutes early and reading. It makes the time go better. The great thing is it makes being on time easy.

    In Japan, 7-Eleven has a great cup of freshly made drip coffee. I don’t get a great place to sit but I can usually find a place outside. It is half the price of Starbucks.

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  2. We live rurally and there is rarely a commute. About two months ago, there was some snafu at one of the stop lights in a neighboring town, and we sat behind three cars for 90 seconds, and looked at each other in dismay. The gall that the Universe would make us wait those 90 seconds! The gall! Is there no God!

    Hard to believe we who had endured commutes of 90 minutes, to go all of 7 miles in 1980’s Silicon Valley, now couldn’t handle the 90 second traffic gridlock  of Lake County.

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  3. Think subways are bad? Commuting on the roadways is getting dangerous!

    This happened to me this morning at 0710…

    The other vehicle didn’t fare so well…

    One of the reasons I drive a truck, safety….

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  4. Gerry D:
    Think subways are bad? Commuting on the roadways is getting dangerous!

    This happened to me this morning at 0710…

    The other vehicle didn’t fare so well…

    One of the reasons I drive a truck, safety….

    Uh oh…..I hope no one was hurt?

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  5. Olive:
    How is your commute? Would you leave your house earlier just to avoid unpleasantness?

    Mine is a pretty reliable 20 minutes to cover 14 miles.  The only timing hazard is the flotilla of school buses during the school year.  I avoid those by going later.  (-:

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  6. Olive:

    Gerry D:
    Think subways are bad? Commuting on the roadways is getting dangerous!

    (images edited out for space)

    One of the reasons I drive a truck, safety….

    Uh oh…..I hope no one was hurt?

    Actually no, the other driver just had a bump on his head, me, a stiff musculature in my neck.

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  7. We moved early this year.   I went from a ten-minute commute to a 30-minute commute, now covering 16 miles.   If I time it wrong, my commute time grows to 40 minutes due to additional wait time at traffic signals.   I listen to NPR most of the time, switching off to Christian talk radio at Radio Tupelo (AFA).

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  8. The Sinistral Bassist:
    My commute is pretty light but sometimes traffic backs up between the bedroom and living room. Takes an extra 20 seconds to get to work

    In my company’s first year, my then-partners and I worked from home, using early file-sharing tools and email to coordinate.  It was a struggle to stay on task, even when family distractions were out of the house.  I suspect I’m not the only one who needs at least a little distance to properly segregate home and work.  10-20 minutes works for me.

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