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Old 11-14-2007, 02:22 PM
 
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Last December, I had the good fortune of graduating college ahead of schedule before getting my first "real" job out there in the real world.

That would have probably been my last hurrah at accomplishing anything early.

To put it simply, I have a daily commute from Valencia to Santa Monica every morning. I'll let you have a second to register that. 5 south (which hasn't been too hot lately due to the tunnel closure), 101/405 pass, 405.

To say the least, my commute is nothing short of hellish. 40 minutes is a phenomenal rarity while the average tends to run anywhere between an hour to two depending on the roll of the dice. Moving closer to Santa Monica is currently out of the question due to lack of funds, so bearing with the traffic seems to be my only option right now. To help wrap my head around this predicament, I ask you, my fellow Californians, for advice:

1. Do you ever "truly" get used to it? This has been my first real taste of driving to work on the highway, and it has been debilitating so far. Sometimes I worry about my health. I think "soul scraping" would be a good analogy for what it's like.

2. Is it really just this bad for everyone, or just the 5/405 commuters? I suppose I wouldn't feel so bad if my commute was everyone's commute as well

3. Have any secret Zen tips to mellow out? I always have an urge to go on a murderous rampage whenever I find out rubberneckers are what's been causing my 3 hour delay on the way home

I know I'm crying a river here, but I appreciate any input you guys have to give. Thanks very much.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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Some people get used to it. Some people, like me, get less and less tolerant of traffic every year. Just think how much worse that drive will be in 10 years.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:47 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Why is moving closer out of the question? You say lack of funds. Are you renting, own a home?
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:07 PM
 
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Why is moving closer out of the question? You say lack of funds. Are you renting, own a home?
I'm currently paying off a considerable amount of loans from college, as well as helping my family financially. So I can't quite be independent just yet.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:28 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Have you considered looking for another job closer to home? What kind of work do you do?
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:30 PM
 
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The longer you do it, the more you accept it. Thats basically the problem with commuting - people learn to live with inadequate transportation rather than demanding a better quality of life. There should be a rail line down the 5 and 405 with a station at the 10 for east & west bound trains.

I think there is a commuter bus from Santa Clarita to Century City. Im not sure of the time schedule but it may be an alternative to driving. You would have to hop a bus down santa monica though.

What are your fuel costs per week?
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:13 PM
 
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Have you considered looking for another job closer to home? What kind of work do you do?
I'm an editorial writer of sorts, and no, I can't telecommute. I'm quite satisfied with my job and I'd rather stick with it, because getting this job was tough enough as is.

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What are your fuel costs per week?
Pretty exorbitant. I refill twice a week for around, oh, thirty dollars per.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:31 PM
 
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So, I commuted for almost five years from Los Feliz to Thousand Oaks (5-134-101). It was 45 miles each way, and took anywhere from 50 minutes (best case) to over 2 hours (worst case) each way.

Here is what I did to get through it, and even (as shocking as this may be) kind of grow to like the time alone.

1. Use your ipod.
2. Get satellite radio (if you can).
3. Books on tape.
4. Talk radio (some of it is trash, some of it is interesting -- personally Bill Handel on KFI always seems to amuse me).
5. Change your schedule if you can. If you can leave in the morning before 7, it will help, or leaving work later will help too. It's amazing what a difference in traffic 15 minutes can make.

That said, as soon as you can, move closer to your job. There are better things in life than to sit in traffic. I changed jobs finally, and I would not go back to my old commute if you paid me. I hate the 101 (probably how you feel about the 405).
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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If I had to take on that commute, I would opt for a motorcycle. You would be able to stradle the carpool lane most of the way.

If anyone rides this commute on a bike, I would be interested in hearing the difference between car & bike times.
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:19 PM
 
Location: West LA
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I appreciate any input you guys have to give. Thanks very much.
Live where you work. Simple as that. You try to save money by buying on the outskirts, and you'll end up paying for it M-F every day.
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