Tuesday, March 16, 2010

even the commute's more fun!

I can't tell you how much all your Jobby-Job Well-Wishes have meant to me!  I promise not to gush (too ) much more about the new professional digs, but I have to say that I'm having a blast... save from wrestling with the mail meter (more on my embarrassing hopelessness without support staff later this week).  For now, let's just say that the mail meter is likely possessed by Demonic Dustbunnies.  

I had one qualm in regards to taking this position... The Dreaded Commute.  The idea of travel itself doesn't bother me (in fact, if public transportation were an option, I'd clap my hands with glee and begin daydreaming of all the pleasure reading in my future!), its me... in the driver's seat... in stop-and-go traffic that makes me want to tear my hair out.  Thankfully, as I'm heading out of the Big City, all the rat-racers are headed in, making for an easy-peasy-breezy 35 minute jaunt, twice daily.  

No matter the traffic-flow situation, losing 70 minutes every single weekday is such a time-suck... OR SO I THOUGHT!  Sure, the Dallas skyline is impressive and there are moments when I miss my huge window and my modern minimalist office furniture, but check out the breadcrumbs leading me to my Couldn't-Have-Created-A-Better-Fit-If-I'd-Tried Job, outside the city limits...

First up...


How many people get to drive past a Mini Taj Mahal, complete with mirrored dinosaur sculptures every single day?  



And even in the deepest of too-little-caffeine funks, this photo (blown up and reproduced on the Ripley's highway billboard) never fails to make me smile... an itty bitty Boom-Doggie... with Big Ol' Teefers! 



Next up...

...Six Flags!  Between the rollercoasters...


... and the waterslides right across the freeway, its a bit like driving into Wonderland.  I can see the urge for a cornydog and a cheap (and innocent) thrill becoming practically irresistible come July. 


Last, but "least"...


... Good Old (Brand-Spankin'-New) JerryWorld.  Every time I see it, I think the same thing.  "Well... its... Big."

Nope, definitely not soul-searching vistas, but traversing my own little stripe of Americana is slowly becoming an extremely refreshing part of my day.  Whether its enjoying my coffee along with NPR's Morning Edition (this morning's chat with the lip-smacking Nigella Lawson left me pleased as punch with my curvy-fifties-vibe-workwear and craving this Chocolate Guinness Cake!) or unabashedly jamming to 93 minutes of terrible terrible terrible commercial free pop on my way home, the Commute Thang ain't half bad!  

Any other commuters out there?  Love it?  Hate it?  

33 comments:

  1. Um, seriously?! that is your commute? Past mini taj mahal's and mirrored dinosaurs?! I'm so jealous!
    All my commute shows me is trees, ocean, a pretty harbour with sailboats (sometimes there is big yachts!)... nowhere near as fun as yours!

    No really, these structures actually exist?! I'm dying laughing.

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  2. i work from home 99% of the time, but every now and then, i have a meeting in FW so I make that same drive on I-30 that you do which isn't terrible if my meeting is after 9AM or before 3PM.

    my husband hates his commute...we live on knox-henderson and he works downtown. what a baby.

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  3. That is truly one of the most ridiculous drives in Texas - and now it's yours! That is saying a lot, by the way... But I'd take the Taj Majal over West Texas snoozefest with scary world record-sized crosses any day.

    In all seriousness, I'm so thrilled you're loving your new chapter. Now build up that vacation time and get yourself to DC!

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  4. When I lived in Houston, well, the Woodlands.....I had an hour commute to Humble....there was no way I could cut it down shorter so I took the Hardy Toll Road because one thing I learned whilst living there is that Texans don't like to pay to drive on a road and I'll do anything to avoid traffic!

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  5. I don't mean that against Texans....the comment was made to me by several Texan-by-birth lovelies.

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  6. What a joyful commute! I've recently traded my 2 stoplight commute for a 40 stop and go situation... god bless NPR because I certainly don't have dino statues to look at.

    On another note, can we have a moment for what a total food perv Nigella is. "This cake is magnificent in its damp blackness..." Um. Yeah. Pretty sure that Georgia O'Keefe is to paintings of flowers as Nigella is to descriptions of food. Adore her.

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  7. I commute. Two hours a day. Ten hours a week. That is more than an entire extra day of work each week. Blah.

    I like the train for the reading but it is so hot in the summer time and crowded and gross.

    Driving often takes longer but I have the radio (ABC is aussie equivalent of NPR), the air conn and a guaranteed seat. Driving however costs three times the price of the train.

    DILEMA!!

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  8. Please tell me your job is in Fun City, USA my (former) hometown of Arlington.

    I really think moving the giant Sam Houston statue from outside of Huntsville to that stretch of I-30 would really send your commute over the top.

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  9. glad the new job is fabulous!

    my commute is an hour and fifteen minutes each way. nothing but highway...granted there are mountains to look at, but it is still mind blowingly boring.

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  10. That is the biggest eye candy commute of all times! I am glad you are enjoying your new job. Good luck with the trial! What a thrill ride (you know, just like your commute) :)

    -Kat

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  11. In Austin, I drove through Bee Caves, yay!

    Here, I drive through mostly residential and somewhat commercial...being in a country so small that to make the commutes more exciting, I use the bad driving as my comic relief...sand colored buildings can get a bit dreary. Bright yellow 1995 mustangs with 17 year old arab boys behind the wheel, revving their engine because they are "so awesome" however...amusing.

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  12. Yikes, I wish I had the same attitude about my commute. There are times I get to see the sun rise and set over the Jefferson Monument, but I don't think it makes the 45-60 mins each way worth it unfortunately! Thanks for sharing your photos!

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  13. Books on CD are the way to go. I live outside of Houston and have the worst commute - to the Galleria. I can take buses but it involves one park and ride buses and 2 locals, and 2 hours - each way. So I drive for an hour instead.

    My library has a wonderful collection of books on CD. I order them online, they send me an email when they come in. l listen to everything from chick lit, to historical, to biography, to thriller. Sometimes I load them on to iTunes and then to my iPod, other times I just listen to the CDs.

    The downside is sometimes you sit in the driveway to listen more.

    I'm tired at night to read and this helps my reading cravings!

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  14. Love your positive spin on this :) looks fun!

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  15. I was going to recommend pleasure books on CD but someone beat me to the punch. So I'll just second the motion!

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  16. That is a pretty impressive commute... I just get to drive by a scuba joint and some banks... oh, and a beached submarine... yours is WAY better!

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  17. So glad you are enjoying your new j-o-b. I am the same way, I commute out of the city so going against the grain of traffic isn't too bad. I usually use the time to listen to some fun music or catch up on my phone correspondence. I'm jealous of your fun scenery... mine isn't nearly so entertaining!

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  18. Ugh, I feel like I've always been a commuter! When I lived in Austin, I drove from South Austin to IBM Tivoli on Burnet, which was like 45 minutes if I hit traffic. Then in Houston I drove from Tomball to southwest Houston, which was an hour IF I used the toll road (totally worth it), and now I live in PA and I drive an hour each way, every day of the week. It is certainly a time-suck, but my current drive is through some beautiful mountains, and I listen to a lot of NPR. I also love audiobooks - I recommend Blink by Malcolm Gladwell if you haven't read it.

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  19. I actually used to have almost your exact commute (mirrored dinos and all :) It's not half bad, until you hit 5:30 traffic coming back into the city. As a couple of people have already commented: books on tape = the way to go!

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  20. Well, your commuting sights definitely trump my tree-lined highways. I commute about 50 minutes each way, which is much better than my old commute (1-2 hours depending on traffic... and there was ALWAYS traffic). I have found singing and dancing in the drivers seat with the sunroof open can make any commute better. :)

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  21. I recently started a new commute, too -- 50 minutes each way. Thank goodness for hazelnut coffee, NPR, and the beautiful mountains of central PA. The drive only bothers me at the end of the day, when the sun is shining, and I just want to get out of the car! Glad your new job (and scenic commute) is going well.

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  22. So, I won't ask where you work, but it does appear to be in Arlington, where I live. And, I'm with you on the stadium. It's big. That's about all I can say as well.

    I used to have an hour each way commute when I first got married. Through the turn of events of being laid off and finding another job now it's twenty minutes, but incredibly un-scenic. I get to drive past a land fill. Lucky me, huh?

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  23. i felt the same way about my new job. its 35 minutes from home (my last job was 3 minutes from home) on a pretty densely traveled highway that is prone to major traffic back ups. luckily my job has less than typical hours so i rarely hit traffic (ahem, unless, naturally, i'm on my way to a junior league meeting and always seem to sit for an hour) but i have enjoyed my daily interrupted doses of NPR, returning phone calls, & now, thanks to itunes, i'm learning french!

    ps: i'm in mondo wedding planning mode and would like you to be my interwebs wedding planner (or at least inspiration!) yours looked like so much fun!

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  24. You need to get some audiobooks. I love listening to them when I travel for work. It makes the time pass much more quickly.

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  25. Now that is a fun commute! I have a very quick one, but get to drive through a historic part of Atlanta with big, old mansions. It's pretty great too!

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  26. sounds better than my commute! i live in chicago and commute 30 miles each way to a south burb...blah. usually takes at least 2 hrs a day...once when it snowed i had a lovely 3 hr commute home. i hope no one has to go through that. i see nothing but highway (which goes through some not so lovely parts of the city so always an adventure if you have to get off for gas...). well i think i whined enough:) ha but i usually don't mind it as long as im not in traffic!

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  27. Wow, even carpooling my commute is about 1.5 hours each way. I love love love NPR. It keeps me sane. Unfortunately, I only have the Phoenix highway graphics to keep me entertained!

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  28. I only have to go about 10-15 minutes in a reverse commute, but I still hate it! But, to make the time go by less painfully, I recommend hooking up your iPod and singing along, like your own version of American Idol. This works well on the highway when I am going too fast for people to take notice, but I have received some strange looks for my car karaoke when I am at stop lights ; Oh well! Glad to hear you are enjoying your new job!

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  29. I carpool with one guy I work with Evan. When it's not my week to drive I spend it riding with either the new Harper's Bazaar for one week, and Vogue for the next week. You can't help but comment on what's going on, if your sitting right next me oogling the models is Evans story. Evan recently started dating a new girl, and she comes by for coffee with him to meet me. We are on the swing talking, and she is telling me all the things she likes about him. Amidst this list she says, you know he really knows fashion. The designers, AND the models. I laughed my arse off. Don't forget the audio book option as well for the commute. I bet they love you as much as we do! Now take pictures in the bathroom damnit!

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  30. I love that you are loving your new job, right down to the commute! I, too, travel opposite of traffic. Somehow 20 minutes flies by much more quickly when you're moving at a fast pace.

    PS - since I read your post title, I've been singing "Even the Nights Are Better" by Air Supply in my head :)

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  31. I'm glad that I don't have a commute (SAHM) but if I did, I'd want one as interesting as yours!

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  32. I'm a Dallas girl, too! Even though my commute isn't that bad (I-30 is a BEAST), I did spend 45 minutes trying to go home from work yesterday (a mere 7 miles). In fact, my Facebook status yesterday was: "Dear Dallas Traffic: I hate you."
    Good luck at your new job, and try not to pull too much of your hair out! :)

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  33. At least you have an interesting commute. I'm on a train for the majority of my commute and usually its too dark to see anything. 110 minutes each way - be glad you only have 35 minutes!

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