Seven Things I’ve Learned About Commuting

(1) If you work from home you have zero commuting costs. Or wardrobe costs. Or going-out-for-lunch costs. You also never leave work.

(2) If you work a mile from home you can walk, ride your bike, drive, or take a longboard. Pretty nice. Also pretty easy to work evenings and weekends.

(3) If you work in a suburb, you have choices. There are dozens of neighborhoods to live in, all twenty minutes from work. Not much public transit, but who cares? It’s two gallons of gas per week.

(4) If you work in a big city, you could live downtown. If you’re a millionaire or a college student sharing a studio with eight friends.

(5) If you work in a big city, you could live five miles away. Rent is more reasonable, and you can ride your bike to work. Or take public transit after your bike is stolen.

(6) If you work in a big city, you could live in the suburbs. Green grass, chirping birds, and commuter trains departing every fifteen minutes. And 1,200 sq. ft. bungalows selling for $400k plus $8k in taxes.

(7) If you work in a big city, you could live beyond the burbs and have a corn field in your back yard. Five-bedroom homes start in the mid one-hundreds, and property taxes cost less than an iPhone. Then again, none of your neighbors will remember your name because they’ll only see you on weekends when you cut your grass.

So many choices . . .

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