I have a terrible confession. Despite my many droning diatribes on the importance of living and working in the same area, I commute by car to work. I know! There is nothing fun about it. Driving manages to be stressful and boring at the same time, and there is only so much Halifax radio that I can listen to every day (less than my 1.5 hour total commute, for sure). On top of all that, driving is the worst for everything ever. You’re all bright people; I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
After a month at the new job of driving by myself, I have started car pooling. There are SO MANY benefits to car pooling, including saving gas, saving money on gas, and the increased sense of camaraderie from sharing daily trips with three co-workers. But I respect you all too much to conceal my real reason for car pooling: I get to sleep in the backseat while others drive 3-4 days of the week.
Let’s do the (approximate) math!
Assuming I sleep during the 40 minute morning car ride three mornings every week, that is a snazzy 2 extra hours of sleep a week! Almost 100 hours a year! And say I don’t even sleep on the morning drive because I’m so busy chatting with my co-poolers? All together it’s still almost 200 hours annually of being the care free passenger rather than the frazzled driver. That is a sweet bliss, friends. The sweetest bliss.
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