23
Jul
09

No More Awful, Awful Commute

Your faithful Montclair blogger normally writes about everything and everyone else, but today she’s rejoicing in the fact that she won’t be “car camping” anymore.  Based on three years of commutes between Montclair and Palo Alto, that added up to roughly 750 round trips and at least 2,250 hours behind the wheel!

Highway 13

Whenever I would mention my doubly-awful commute to neighbors or friends, the reaction was almost physical and quite consistent.  I was barraged with these questions about the daily journey:

  • When do you drive? How long does it take? – Either early or late, which means before 7:30 am or after 9:00 am to Palo Alto; and after 6:00 pm back to Montclair.  It typically takes under 1.5 hours each way, but add another half-hour for accidents.

  • Are you crazy?  I would never do that. – Remember that dotcom people do insane things.  It’s worth driving because living in Montclair makes me remain sane.  Plus the work is interesting to me.  ‘Nuff said.

We know that Montclair is filled with commuters who head to all points, every weekday morning.  According to old U.S. Census data, some 25% of 94611 residents spend at least 45 minutes commuting daily and 62% of us drive alone to work.

Well, I’m not saying you should ever follow my pitiful example and work in Palo Alto – but I can confess all this now because my super-sized carbon footprints have gone away.

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5 Responses to “No More Awful, Awful Commute”


  1. 1 Andy K
    July 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    These types of commutes wear on me. I once had a job in San Jose – in 1998 I think. They said that after a 2 week “break in” period, I could start working in an Oakland office. Well, 2 weeks became 3, became never, became “I quit!” By the time Friday night rolled around, I was in bed as soon as I got home. A 1 hour is all I can take – if it is against traffic.

  2. July 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    We live in Montclair and my wife works at Google in Mountain View, but Google has shuttles from various places around the bay area so she doesn’t have to drive. She works at home 1 day a week and shuttles 2 days a week.

  3. July 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Oh, and meant to ask…what has your commute been replaced with?

  4. 4 montclairoak
    July 23, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Well, I’m keeping my next move a state secret. 🙂

  5. 5 Kieran
    July 24, 2009 at 12:41 am

    I commuted to San Jose for a year for a dot com job. 880 does strange things to your brain. I was so tense – felt like I aged a few years in one. I’m glad its over, but I miss that dot com money. 😐


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