Archive for September 30th, 2010


Commuting (e.g. long slow slogs across Chicago)

September 30, 2010

As you can see, I haven’t quite managed to get my other “6 favorite….” posts up and currently they are sitting neglected in my draft folder.  I still hope to get those together soon*, but don’t hold your breathe considering right now a victorious day involves tasks like getting out of bed, not having car accidents, book talking to middle school students and trying to not be a total hermit during my “free time” (with mixed results).

But what I really wanted to talk about is commuting.  If I haven’t talked about this enough, my student teaching placement is a good distance from my house, so my alarm goes off at 5:30am and I spend 45-55 minutes driving there and usually a little over an hour driving home every day.  And then on the days I have class in the evening I spend another hour driving there for a total of around 11 hours a week.  So here are a few things I have learned:

  • Round-a-bouts are a foreign concept in the US and therefore they are scary as all get out as cars inch/speed/change their minds around the circle on their way to their chosen lane.  Therefore the best tactic for surviving them is similar to crossing streets in China, be direct and travel in pairs!
  • Bring coffee with you in the morning, it makes sitting at traffic lights way more bearable.
  • Listening to NPR for both commutes is often too much, so I do NPR in the morning and random music stations in the afternoon.
  • Other drivers will always impress you with both their capability for pettiness (hello driver blocking the intersection who wouldn’t let me get past even after I made eye contact and honked my horn!) and kindness (thank you driver who let me in when I got surprised by a lane merge and did the obnoxious drive in the open lane past all the waiting cars thing).
  • Sunrises are gorgeous, even if you watch them through your rear-view mirror.

*Actually maybe I will save those idea for if I do another blog every day in November thing….oh good idea Abby!