I saw this map (via Park Slope Stoop) showing the distances that people travel for work. So fun to imagine what life is like for all these different types of commuters. You can move around the map or enter your zip code to find out what the average is in your area. The average commute in my area is 38 minutes, though my own commutes over the years here were always more like an hour.
Do you know that Danny was drawn to moving to a city (Boston) because he loved the idea of being able to commute by train (so he could read)? Love that guy. :) And so glad he ended up on the East Coast like me.
Commuting by train can actually be quite a productive and amazing experience. I always seemed to get lots of emailing and reading done on the trains, among other things (including my make-up.) Other people get more creative: shaving (yep, I've seen it); pooping (yep); farting loudly and continuously over and over; painting or sketching strangers; dressing like donkeys and asking for money; knitting (especially popular among men on the L train). Everyday, really, could be an adventure...you just never know what you might see. The trains are really like the heartbeat of New York. They really do make it all happen. I guess that's why I've written about them so much:
My favorite Subway poster
One of the most amazing experiences of my life happened on the Subway
Do you know who rides the Subway at 5 am?
What I used to make on the Subway
This gives me the chills - it's exactly how I felt when I first started wearing headphones on the train
It's a big deal to send out positive energy on the train
What New Yorkers are afraid of
Do you have a commute? What is it like for you or what keeps you busy during it? Any details or stories would be so fun to hear. It's so fascinating to hear what life is like in different areas.