July 24th, 2006

Blah, Yuck


Aiyre was no longer sick on Sunday. No more puke! For the whole weekend she didn't get dressed once. She just hung out in her PJs all day on Saturday and Sunday.

We got pizza and breadsticks for the gaming group, but no one showed up. So.. we didn't get to game and we had a lot of leftover pizza.

We pretty much just hung out. Played on the computer a little(Civ 4) and such. We managed to get our registration renewed online. I read a little. I finished up a trio of Robin Cook books last week(Outbreak, Mortal Fear, and Mutation). I've been reading Charlette's Web. It was read to us in the 4th grade but I have no memory of the book at all. I also worked through some of the magazines which built up.

Interestingly, on of the keys to happiness(this coming from a finance magazine), is not just spending money, but spending it on the right things. It notes, based on some survey, that a sports car or McMansion don't help happiness much. A short commute does increase happiness. Most of the items it talks about are really common sense(from my point of view).
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My commute is on my mind because of rumors which continue to indicate that this plant will close in 2 years. The assumption is that a new one would open somewhere. However the current trend is to open them in areas far from where I live and in areas too expense for me to move to. So.. I may have to find a new job in the next two years. Doh. Anyway... on to my complaint.

According to Newsweek, more than 3.4 million people have a daily commute that is longer than 90 minutes. Insane. Some days my commute hits that and would hit it a lot more often if I had to drive to other facilities. If that was my commute full time my whole life would be organized around getting up at 4am to beat traffic and getting to sleep in time to get up the next morning.

What blows my mind is that people think an extreme commute is a long-term solution. It's not. Your life would start rotting away. Your friends and family would not see you, you would have no personal time that is not in the car. David Blanchflower, professor of economics, found that the most important factor in one's happiness is not money, it's sex. The two are not related, according to him. On top of that he found that the thing people do that makes them the most unhappy is ... the commute. I guess if you got a quickie way home everyday the commute might not be so bad.

People need to stop rationalizing that a long commute will get them something they need. They need to stop living in denial about the true cost of those hours spent in the car. It's their happiness, and good money or a big house in the suburbs will not improve things.

So.. move closer to work, or work closer to where I live, or both.
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    cranky cranky