I just watched the webcast rerun of this story about commuting to work. I was amazed that it takes 38 hours a year to go to and from work. For about 10 seconds. Then I did 1 simple calculation and said to myself, 5 minutes.
5 minutes to drive to work and 5 minutes to drive home. That's 40 hours a year.(approx)
Figure it out. Minus weekends, holidays, vacations and sickness, I work 232 days a year. Sue me, I work for a university and get lots of holidays so nyeh. I drive 25 minutes to and 25 minutes from work every day. That's 4 hours and 20 minutes a week. Starting on Jan 1, for me to get to the avg. takes about until March 10th. And I have never complained about this??? Why?
And to the Brownsville and Seattle group that spends 8 hours a year commuting, I can only imagine that 80 percent of the workforce there is telecommuting, because the 1 and a half minutes that they spend a day on avg. is just not too smart to even need to drive. I lived in Dallas and was 10 minutes away from the office. If I stood on my roof, I could see my office. Everybody was always wanting to move North to get out of the city. Each year, further North they'd push. 20 minutes, 40 minutes, 1 hour commutes. Right before I left, they'd hired 2 programmers. I asked if they had adjusted to Dallas life yet. The answer was that they drive in from Oklahoma everyday. 1 hour and 50 minutes. ONE-WAY.
110 minutes X 232 days = 425 hours a year commuting to work. Another 425 hours to make it home. 850 hours total.