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Should I move?

Should I move from the small city where I work to the bigger and more exciting nearby city when my lease is up in two months? [more inside]
posted by Henrietta Stackpole on Aug 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Will an Old Town Alexandria to Tyson's commute drive me insane?

Northern VA MeFites: I live next to the Braddock Road metro in Old Town Alexandria, and am considering a job in Tyson's. In terms of a commute by car, is this a Very Bad Idea? Which route would you recommend the most & which should I avoid? I considered a blue-to-silver line commute, but the daily round-trip total comes out to $14.70, way more than I can afford. I've been in the DC area for 4 years, all involving a straight blue line commute.
posted by invisible ink on Jul 16, 2014 - 15 answers

NJ to CT?

Hi, I recently was offered a job on 1st Ave near Grand Central in NYC. I live in Maplewood, NJ which makes for a rather long commute so my wife and I have discussing the possibility of CT or Upstate NY. We really like the culture of Maplewood. It's very diverse and accepting. A lot of families move from Brooklyn and it has a very artsy culture. I was wondering if anyone knows of towns in the NY or CT that have a similar feel?
posted by Shanachie on May 19, 2014 - 29 answers

I want to ride a bike to work, but that is.. terrifying.

I rode a bike when I was a kid, but that was about 15-20 years ago now. In order to get to work I'd have to go down a mid-steep hill, covered in gravel and/or mulch. I'm finding it really scary, is it possible to feel confident on a bike, starting essentially from scratch? what kind of bike? help! [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 on Apr 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Disarming things one can say when giving up a seat on the bus?

I regularly run into a semi embarrassing situation when offering my seat to someone on the bus, and I would prefer to give both myself and the stranger in question easier outs. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Mar 26, 2014 - 52 answers

What jobs do these people have?

The only suits I see on my commute are very young guys, recent-grad-looking, with trying-to-look-expensive shoes. What kind of jobs do they have? Are they paralegals? Entry-level-finance? (what would that even mean?) [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Mar 5, 2014 - 25 answers

How can I deal with looming burnout as a mature student?

I’ve been doing a kind of post-bac for the past couple of years and am in the home stretch, but I’m feeling burned out, given a long commute and care-taking obligations. What can I do to help myself push through? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Feb 18, 2014 - 16 answers

Map Tool to Create an Area based on Commute Times

Are there any online mapping tools that given a starting address and a starting time and a maximum time spent commuting will draw a border enclosing the area you could drive to in typical traffic at that time? The idea is if I want to live within 45 minutes of work I would give it my work address, the time I normally leave work to go home at night, and the maximum time I'm willing to spend on my typical commute and it would draw a boarder the encloses the area in which I'd be looking to find a home, knowing any other neighborhood/address would be outside my maximum commute time. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Bay Area Apartments: Explain like I'm 5

I have a job offer in San Francisco. I understand that renting there is more difficult than it's ever been. My requirements are: I want to be able to walk + bike + BART/Bus to work, which is around South Beach. Other than that, I am cool with East Bay, South, whatever. I could swing $2500-ish a month, but that is an upper boundary. Tell me about neighborhoods, tell me whether there exist "apartment headhunters" who could reliably do this for me, school me thoroughly. Thank you in advance.
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2013 - 13 answers

For the first time I'll have to commute to Sacramento during rush hour.

I will probably have to spend the entire month of November commuting into Sacramento from Davis. I will DEFINITELY have to travel during rush hour periods. I only got a car a few months ago and I've never had to do the job-type-commute-out-of-town thing before. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Oct 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Do we stay or do we go now? (DC edition)

My partner and I live in Capitol Hill in DC. She's been offered a job in Annandale. With our lease set to expire at the end of November, we're trying to figure out where we should live. Please help us decide! [more inside]
posted by cheeserk on Oct 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Dressing nicely in cold bus commute

If I'm wearing ugly but comfy boots to commute and change into flats at work, what do I do about my socks? Put on cold sweaty socks at the end of the day or schlep fresh ones? Please show your work. I've already given up finding shoes to change into that will hide my socks and can go with dresses and pants. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Sep 20, 2013 - 16 answers

What Other Chicago Neighborhoods Are Most Like Andersonville?

In a few months, I am moving to Chicago. I will be working in Hyde Park, and am trying to decide where to live. I am rather enamored of Andersonville. What other neighborhoods might I like? [more inside]
posted by willbaude on Sep 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Open Source: Foreign Language

I am looking for an open-source / commons repository of any spoken language. Preferably free, otherwise just well-formatted. [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Green Acres Redux: From Boston Metro to NH or RI

My husband and I live in Boston. As part of its annual employee survey, his employer is asking whether he would be willing to relocate. The most likely locations would be facilities in southern New Hampshire or northern Rhode Island. It would be theoretically possible to stay where we live and he would reverse commute to those locations, but based on past experience, it would be over an hour each way. So, if his job were moved, we might relocate—and so we turn to you, MeFi, for your perspectives on those locations and whether we’d be happy living there or nearby. [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on Aug 23, 2013 - 11 answers

I think I've got the basics down; how can I improve my bicycle skills?

I'm new to bike riding as an adult; I'm riding to work but would like to improve in the areas of balance, stamina, and pace. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Aug 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Benefits, my ass.

Is there ANY way I can cash in my "commuter benefits" debit card? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Aug 9, 2013 - 35 answers

Bike costs - am I doing it wrong?

It's really expensive to maintain my bike! Is this normal, or should I be doing something different? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 8, 2013 - 38 answers

Hack my commute

I need to commute from my home in Denver to my 9-5ish job in Boulder. Please help me reduce time spent in traffic! [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble on Jul 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Handheld games for the bus commute

I ran out of games to amuse me on my commute. Can you help me find some iOS games according to my special snowflake requirements for my iPod touch? I'm looking for games I can play holding the iPod in one hand in portrait mode, no internet required, and that won't be disrupted by a bumpy bus ride. Thanks!! [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 12, 2013 - 25 answers

Shorter commute vs interesting city?

My partner and I are moving from a major northeast city to the Bay Area this summer and are looking for input on the commute/quality of life balance. [more inside]
posted by sidewalkchalk on Jun 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Seattleites! Would this be a stupidly long commute?

I'm moving to Seattle and working in multiple locations. Looking at renting a room in Licton Springs (near Greenlake) and commuting. Bad idea? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by bootswiththefur on May 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Recommendations for cheap, lightweight rain jacket-y thing for biking

I bike commute every day year round and as a result often end up biking in the rain. I need recommendations for a lightweight, compact rain jacket-y thing that I can carry with me every day in my bag. It needs to be comfortable for summer. If it's a women's jacket, it needs to fit an XL-XXL with broad shoulders; men's jackets are also okay provided that the fit is fairly tailored. Compactness is key - I carry a medium-sized messenger bag and my current rain jacket takes up most of the room when I bring it. Warmth isn't really a concern as this is for times when I can't wear a wool jacket and hat. Should not be designed to fit super tight, as it will need to go over a shirt and possibly a light cardigan. Cheap is better than expensive, but I would pay for a spendy one if it were perfect.
posted by Frowner on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Should I accept my nightmare commute in order to take my dream job?

I've been offered my dream job! But between it and me is my worst nightmare--a terrible 1hr+ commute in LA traffic. A commute like this is a deal breaker for me, but at the same time, this position is a career-maker and I really want to figure out how to make it work. Does anyone have suggestions, tricks, or creative ideas to make my commute better? Specifics and details below. [more inside]
posted by brenton on May 16, 2013 - 75 answers

What are some good books for quicker, disjointed reading sessions?

I commute to and from work, which involves busses and trains transfers and other general distractions, and while I really enjoy reading on this commute, I can't sink my teeth into heavier books that require a ton of concentration to comprehend and follow (I save those for the weekends). I have found that lighter books with shorter chapters and engaging storylines are easiest to read in this atmosphere. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on May 3, 2013 - 21 answers

20-25 minute podcasts

I have a new commute that is a 25 minute walk from door to door. I'd like to find some podcasts to fill this time. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 29, 2013 - 28 answers

A few cheap towns near DC?

Where should I move in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic US that is within a few hours drive or (better) train ride of both DC and NYC? I'll be working from home and have a few additional "nice to have" requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Nov 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Not quite ready for the land of artisanal snausages

Am I making a mistake in my choice of NYC neighborhood? Details within for your much-appreciated sanity check and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Nov 20, 2012 - 26 answers

Where Can I Find Free and Legal Downloadable Videos for Android?

Mrs. COD gifted me yesterday with a shiny new Nexus 7 for my birthday. Where can I find free or cheap video programming to entertain myself on 1 my one hour each way daily commute? [more inside]
posted by COD on Nov 19, 2012 - 8 answers

F**k the Truck

Every weekday my commute is either easy -- because there are almost no big trucks on the road -- or terrible -- because the freeway is packed with a solid line of big trucks. Why is it like that? What do I not understand about shipping, trucking and/or logistics that makes this such an either/or proposition? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

How To Deal With Spouse Stress?

My husband has just gotten a new job in his dream company at much higher pay/benefits after a long and stressful search. That's the good part. The bad part is this job involves a lot more responsibility, longer hours, commuting time, and a much bigger project to oversee. How can I help him deal with the increased workload and stress when he is clearly having trouble adjusting to it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me get the most out of my commute

My commute is now me driving alone - what can I do to stay "busy" in the car? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel on Aug 31, 2012 - 23 answers

Train Of The Damned

How to fix a lousy afternoon commute routine? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Aug 29, 2012 - 31 answers

Commuting by bike - soup to nuts

Biking to work. Don't even own a bicycle. I have a month to prepare. Please impart your wisdom on this newbie. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Aug 23, 2012 - 27 answers

How to buy a used scooter?

How should I go about buying a used scooter? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Aug 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Dining while driving

What are some dinner foods that I can eat while driving? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Aug 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Will an ASUS Zenbook Prime survive a daily bicycle commute in a rear pannier?

Will an ASUS Zenbook Prime survive a daily bicycle commute in a rear pannier? [more inside]
posted by cimuir on Aug 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find carpooling partners

I'm having trouble finding carpooling partners in the northwestern exurbs of Baltimore. Please help. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me buy a computer for commuting!

I need a laptop that I won't be sad over if it breaks or gets lost, my target budget is Less Than or Equal To $400. Ideally super light with a full size keyboard. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Jul 2, 2012 - 12 answers

A running backpack that DOESN'T move.

I need recommendations for a running backpack that's just big enough for my work clothing and DOES NOT BOUNCE! [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on May 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Mountain bike needs upgrade! Help

So I have a 5 year old mountain bike(IronHorse Team SE) that I have been riding beginner trails and mostly commuting. Condition is fairly good and have been keeping up with cleaning and lubing. I want to spend up to $200 to upgrade components to make it lighter and faster while maintaining the same trail-ability Components are Rock Shox J-1 fork Hayes IH-2 disc brakes AL-6061 Frame Shimano ST-EFX35 Shift Levers TruVativ X-Flow Crank Shimano CSHG30-8I Rear Cogs Acera Shimano Rear Der. Shimano C050 Fr. Der. MythosXC 2.10F Tires Weight 35 lbs Any suggestions please?
posted by radsqd on May 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me help my feet

I'm looking for your personal recommendations for stretching and/or yoga routines to help make an unconditioned body more comfortable with too much walking. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Apr 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Will my laptop be safe if I commute to work on a mountain bike?

Will my laptop be safe if I commute to work on a mountain bike? The trail in question is 6 miles long, quite bumpy with sections passing through rocky (Dry) creek beds. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Apr 9, 2012 - 15 answers

Suggest some Bay Area (peninsula) neighborhoods that will meet our needs

Bay Area Housing Filter: Partner has been offered a great job in Santa Clara (Hooray!) Where might we live that would not reduce our quality of life and/or suck up all the extra income? [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Mar 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Branch campus annoyances

I work as an administrator for a university and am based on a branch campus. My department would prefer it if I would spend the summers on the main campus, which involves a more arduous commute for me. My commute would bump up from 40 minutes to 1h20minutes. I would prefer to remain on my branch campus. My "higher-ups" like to frame things in terms of "let's negotiate something that works for everyone," but the power differentials tend to mean that I usually just go along with their preference. Are there tried and true methods for underlings to resist persuasion/coersion?
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2012 - 7 answers

What car should I buy to deal better with my new commute?

I’m a month into a wonderful new job whose only downside is the much lengthier commute. My 13-year-old Accord simply isn’t giving me the kind of mileage I need, so I’m planning on buying something new soon. And that’s where you come in. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter on Jan 16, 2012 - 29 answers

Pimp My Bike Commute

Is the San Francisco Embarcadero Bike Station too good to be true? I'm considering using it for my commute from BART out to the Presidio. There are 96 spaces available. Is it overcrowded? Will I be stuck when I have to park my bike there on Tuesday afternoons at 5pm? Will my beautiful Felt Z95 get carted off by evil-doers?
posted by duckus on Jan 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Live in the city, work in the suburbs?

Chicago-specific question: I'll be accepting a job in the northwest suburbs. Is living in the city and working in the suburbs doable? [more inside]
posted by naju on Dec 21, 2011 - 19 answers

Commuting between NYC and New Haven: where to live and what to expect

There's a possibility that my partner and I might be looking at working in NYC (partner) and New Haven, CT (me). Where can we live that's convenient to the Metro North train line, gives us roughly even commute times, and might also be a halfway decent place for two early-thirty-somethings to live? [more inside]
posted by 2or3things on Dec 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Until when is my Metro North monthly ticket good?

From what date to what date are MTA Metro North monthly tickets effective? (seems obvious I know, but I am confused)... [more inside]
posted by taltalim on Dec 1, 2011 - 7 answers

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