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56 Post author: Qiaochu_Yuan 07 March 2013 04:33AM

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Comment author: Qiaochu_Yuan 07 March 2013 05:20:14PM 12 points [-]

And commuting is apparently just fairly horrible in general.

Comment author: ciphergoth 09 March 2013 08:51:56AM 19 points [-]

Practically all of the discussion I can find about this is very US-centric, and so conflates "commuting" with "commuting by car". A long public transport commute that was ideal in other ways (train journey, no changes, door-to-door, frequent trains with seats, signal) could be much preferable to a shorter drive; I use my commute to read, look at my TODO list, catch up with blogs etc.

Comment author: [deleted] 25 February 2015 10:42:56AM 0 points [-]

Euro here, I used to enjoy commuting by car more than by subway now:

  • personal space
  • safety from potentially aggressive travellers, the annoying drunks who try to yell at people on the subway
  • it is an exciting activity to drive as long as you can find tricky routes with little traffic, these will be usually narrow roads where you don't even need to exceed the 50 km/h speed limit to make it feel risky and exciting and if you do, no police there.
  • feeling middle class, not mixing with the "proles"
  • more freedom in choosing how to dress, less having to take the weather into account
  • resisting the temptation to drink alcohol right after work, at least starting later in the evening
  • music without annoying earplugs
  • hands-free phone calls, my dad used to be excellent at it, he was an entrepreneur and phoned through his whole 45 min long commute, by the time everybody arrived to the office every employee and subcontractor was briefed, problems reported back, things were in motion. This way the commute is worktime.
  • having useful stuff with me all the time in the trunk

And now I am nostalgic for my car. We live car-free now because it is very expensive, €80 mandatory insurance a month etc. but sure as hell I would want to have it back.

Comment author: gjm 25 February 2015 01:53:21PM 2 points [-]

I would not recommend combining this

an exciting activity [...] tricky routes [...] feel risky and exciting

with this

hands-free phone calls

In fact, I think there's good evidence that hands-free phone calls are considerably more distracting than drivers tend to think.