I had an appointment tonight in a building about 3.5 miles from my office at 5:15. It was a continuation of the appointment I had over my lunch hour. This morning, it took me 12 minutes to get there. Tonight it took 30 minutes (yes, I was late). Now, I realize that doesn't sound like a long time. But to me, it brought back memories of when I worked at my former job - 9 miles from my home. Back then, commutes took anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half - depending on the weather or an crash. I soon learned where the alternate routes were.
Many of my co-workers have huge commutes. One lives north of Cambridge! Just today I asked her what time she left home to arrive at the office at 7:30 and she said she left at 6 am. That's not for me! I would do this one day and start looking for another job.
My commute home from my appointment was also 30 minutes. Compared to others in my part of the city tonight, I was lucky. The radio was reporting huge delays due to a head-on crash on south-bound Hwy 169. This is a four lane highway - 2 lanes each way with a grassy median. How on earth did a head-on crash occur? I'll have to watch the news tonight to find out. My prayers are with all involved. I'm thankful that I now live only one mile from my place of employment and don't deal with high traffic very often.