Friday, June 24, 2011


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When it comes to commuting to work, my qualms are not even comparable to those of true commuters. Those commuters who have to brave the freeways and interchanges with thousands of other people trying to get from Point A to Point B in the rush hours of traffic. When it comes to my day job, my commute is short. The direct route from home to work is about 3.5 miles. I don't usually take the direct route, however, as the Starbucks location I like to frequent is on a different street. So I truck it on over to see my baristas and the other regulars before heading into work for a total of 5.7 miles. This isn't a bad drive. Sure, it's through town and there are street lights galore, but at least I'm not on the freeway with the masses! What's even better is when I get to carpool. Then my commute is even shorter! I only have to drive 1.3 miles. Envious?

Besides my day job, I've also been called for several auditions since signing with the agency. The majority, if not all, are held in San Francisco. This means I either have to battle traffic, pay the bridge toll to cross over to the other side of the bay, and fight for parking, or I fight for parking in the BART lot and take public transportation. Whether it's car traffic or foot traffic, it's still traffic, but luckily the audition locations are within walking distance of the BART stations in SF, so I've been going that route. Unfortunately, BART is expensive. By the end of this month I'll have taken the train at least 6 times...not so positive for my bank account, but when I book a job it should be worth it! Keeping my fingers crossed that I book one soon!

Anyway, now that summer is here and all of the schools are officially out of session, my usual morning commute is a BREEZE. I used to get frustrated with the lines of cars and dilly-dallying kids crossing the streets, but now there are fewer cars on the road and I get three months of bliss. More often than not I carpool, but even the amount of time it takes to drive 1.3 miles is cut down! Unless of course the train gets in my way. Then, it takes longer, but I'd like to think I'm getting better at leaving before I get stuck at the tracks! All in all, I am a happier person in the summer. Not only because the traffic has died down, but also because of the beautiful weather. 

Bring on the summer and the lighter traffic!


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