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Old 04-14-2016, 10:26 AM
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I'd start with the commute and see how it goes for a few weeks.

Also, you could join a gym with a clean locker room and showers close to your work where you can arrive early, exercise, get ready, and then head to work.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:28 AM
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OP is it West LA or Beverly Hills? Those are two different places in terms of commute time. I work on the West LA/Santa Monica border...since I am only about 15 minutes from the 405, I can commute from Lakewood in 1:10-1:20. Leaving home at 7:45 I can get to work around 9. But that requires driving into Playa Del Rey on the 105 and avoiding the 405 altogether on occasion (it ends up only being 1 extra mile).

But if you're talking about going to the Beverly Hills area, unfortunately getting to/from the 10 or 405 will alone take over 30 minutes. Plus the extra time on the freeways to go further north, puts those commutes closer to 2 hours...sometimes it's better to go through downtown via the 110 and 10, even. I looked into this when my GF considered a job on Melrose, that's rough.

I got fed up with the rents/attitude/crappy apartments on the westside so I've chosen to add 2.5 hours to my day and get a nice little house in Lakewood with a yard and garage - for about as much as I'd pay for a decent 1-bed apt on the westside. I need that at this point in my life. I'm lucky that my job only requires 8 hours so I still can be home as much as if not more than some of my friends who work 12 hour days.

You should just ride with me so I can use the carpool lane, haha....
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:42 AM
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I'm thinking of just staying put in my city and driving hours early. I'm a morning person that wakes up before 5am, and offices do not open until 8:30am. So I'm thinking of leaving at 5:45-6 AM to beat the traffic. I will most likely show up an hour early at work, but I could walk to starbucks and work on side projects. Sounds crappy.

But the plan is to build trust like I do with other company where I am able to work flexible hours, since my job does not really require me to be in-house, especially if I'm performing well and bringing in results.

So I'm I crazy for doing the commute from LB to West LA?
Yes. That's a really bad idea. You never beat the traffic in the end. L.A. traffic is not about to get better any time soon and will most likely get considerably worse. You should move, to minimize the inevitable problems.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:46 AM
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I'd only do it temporarily because LA/OC traffic commutes are soul crushing. Many years ago I commuted from OC to Glendale(!) and finally called it quits after I got stuck for two hours and went a total of two miles in miserable smoggy heat. I remember looking out my window and seeing a dead rat on the shoulder.
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:58 AM
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Sorry to sound so negative, but that commute will slowly kill you. You may get by a month or two but after that it'll start getting to your attitude in life. So best solution is to suck up it and pay high rent and live VERY close to work
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