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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

How Do You Do It?

Rather than stay away from home I'm commuting an hour either way to where I'm working this week.

I'm used to a casual 15 minutes stroll to work.

How do people do this everyday?

18 Comments:

Blogger coolbuddha said...

Commuting is hell. But it is a breeze compared with what you do. I think.

7:29 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

Take public transit, get a seat, and read a book or knit. Except you soldiers are out of luck. Especially when I was expecting, I would just waddle my fecund self to whereever you have a comfy seat, stand near you, and wait for said seat to magically become available. Yup. Suckers for a pregnant lady every time. I love a man in a uniform.

7:39 pm  
Anonymous Kath said...

Eh, I did that for 3 months, it started badly but then I got used to it and it was my chill down time. Not my preferred method of work, though.

7:49 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Coolbuddha - I'm not so sure!

Foilwoman/Kath - unfortunately I'm driving which means I can't read a book and switch off. Well I could but I'd probably get arrested or crash or something.

8:23 pm  
Blogger Annie said...

I don't know, but if I could choose one superpower, it would be the power to teleport.

9:06 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

Soldier: Books on tape, language tapes, expand your knowledge of classical music or opera, aim for potential roadkill -- there's gotta be something that'll float your boat, honey.

10:04 pm  
Blogger PI said...

I think i know someone who will be very happy about that.

10:19 pm  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

Ah the commute, something I had to get used to.

When I lived on camp it was a quick 5 min dash cross the road, when I moved in with the future Mrs EggBanjo, it converted to about a 35 min drive.

Now? Its up to 2 hours to get to a place of work, which is really depressing.

Oh a its goodbye to Wednesday Sports afternoons and Early Friday knock offs

2:03 am  
Blogger cookie monster said...

i thought u army lads ere meant to be tough? ;) an hour? thats practically next bloody door!!

2:06 am  
Blogger Donna said...

I used to commute weekly about 550 miles each way from Folkestone to Frankfurt - driving. Seven months of that and lving in a hotel during the week saw me want to attempt suicide by jumping out of a first storey window. I also used to do a bi-monthly commute from Folkestone to Muenchen for ten months (700+ miles each way)

One of my jobs was a mobile engineer, so drivng was my job. The up side is that if nothing went wrong, then I stayed at home all day!

Currently, although I live a 15-20 min walk away from work, my job is to look after the leisure centers and civic halls in the county, so frequently I've got to take the car the five minute drive in to work becuase I'll need to go somewhere during the day.

Crazy, eh!

9:42 am  
Blogger SL said...

Never had to commute. Might be starting soon. You've cheered me right up about that!!

10:27 am  
Blogger NF Girl said...

The tube. 45 minutes. Ipod playing the Baywatch theme.

Bliss.

10:49 am  
Anonymous Mr Angry said...

I would imagine that commuting in a tank is great fun?

11:19 am  
Blogger Elle said...

Wake up. Switch on coffee maker and PC. Shake life into children. Read work emails in the meantime. Start first phase of getting dressed. Send 1st work email. Organise children. Send further emails. Make work calls with the continent whilst maybe possibly attempting second phase of getting dressed. Read a report. Brush teeth of child. Send another mail. Sort out other child. Leave the first messages on UK phones.

Being your own boss and working mainly from home rocks in other words.

2:01 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Annie - mine would be to pick the winning lottery numbers.

Foilwoman - ta for the ideas.

Eggbanjo - no sports afternoons where I am at the minute but we still get poets days on a Friday.

Cookie - I know pathetic isn't it?

Donna - when we were in Germany some of the scousers would go home every weekend - never saw the attraction myself.

SL - glad to oblige!

NF - Baywatch?!

Mr Angry - we'll get to that shortly.

Laura - I wonder if the army would let me work from home.

6:42 pm  
Blogger Elle said...

On a call-off rota maybe?

8:57 pm  
Blogger gonorr said...

winning at the moment, get my hours in by close of play on a Thursday and am off Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Been nice doing that for the past three months. However, that's all due to change on Monday, when it's a long way down to the end of the M4 and hello London.

Books on tape do rock though.
With Prodigy for the drive home ;-p

9:11 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

Laura & Soldier: Maybe it's one of those ideas that really won't sell well: National defense through telecommunication . . . Maybe for the big idea men. I'm sure the war in Iraq would be going much better for all if Rummy were telecommuting from an undisclosed (and incommunicado) location. But the guys who actually defend the barricades if you get invaded? I want them there, all muscley with their big manly guns.

3:13 pm  

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