Re: Questions about the work day for the Whirlers

Subject: Re: Questions about the work day for the Whirlers
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:28:05 -0700

*THE COMMUTE FROM HELL*

Several years ago I had a seven-month contract in Oakland; I live 40
minutes NE of Sacramento. I'd get up at 4:00 AM and quickly get my act
together, then drive 30 minutes to Roseville. There I'd hop an Amtrak bus
for Sacramento and then hop on the commuter train (hoping it wasn't going
to arrive late that morning). I quickly learned how long I could sleep
onboard, waking at just the right time to have a cuppa before transferring
to BART in Richmond for the remaining portion of the commute.

An eye mask and over-the-ear audio headset was an integral part of that
operation.

Come 4:45 PM, the routine was reversed; dinner was at 8:30 and then
*promptly* to bed.

This amounted to 7 hours/day commuting. Wednesdays I would stay overnight
in Palo Alto with my brother and his wife; this reprieve helped save what
was left of my (in)sanity. (My wife was thankful, too.)

Every couple of weeks a "leaper" would mess up the train commute, requiring
three separate investigations (Union Pacific, Amtrak, local police) while
we sat there watching the time pass.
> Chris

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:03 AM, Lynne Wright <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- tiburoninc -dot- com>
wrote:

> As a night owl with a lifetime of sleep issues, getting up any earlier
> than 7:30 is difficult; 4 am is obscene... I'd just die.
>
> I'm out the door by 8; it's a short walk with a pitstop for takeout coffee
> and 45 minutes on the subway to get to work. I often get off the subway
> halfway and stroll home. When the weather is nice, I can get here slightly
> faster if I ride my bike.
>
> I was recently interviewed for a job that sounded pretty much like my
> dream job; but the business was located in the middle of a god-forsaken
> industrial park and would have meant I'd have to buy a car and/or spend an
> hour and a half on public transit each way to spend my day isolated in the
> boonies. Increasing the intensity, length, and misery of my daily commute
> and the impact that would have on my overall quality of life was a
> dealbreaker.
>
> There's a fair amount of flexibility in start and end times in my office.
> As long as I meet my deadlines and put in 37.5 hours a week, nobody bats an
> eye if I occasionally roll in at 10 or leave early to attend to personal
> business.
>
> I feel very fortunate in that regard.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=tiburoninc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=tiburoninc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com]
> On Behalf Of Cardimon, Craig
> Sent: September-18-14 10:40 AM
> To: 'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'
> Subject: Questions about the work day for the Whirlers
>
> I was wondering:
>
>
> 1. When does everyone get up in the morning for work?
> --I have been arising at 4 a.m.
>
> 2. If you drive to an office, how many miles is your commute?
> --My drive is 20 miles to and from. It takes me an hour and 20 minutes to
> get home after Labor Day. Less than an hour during the summer.
>
> 3. How long is your work day?
> --Our official hours are 8:30 to 5:30. I work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
>
>
> Cordially,
> Craig Cardimon
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References:
Questions about the work day for the Whirlers: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Questions about the work day for the Whirlers: From: Lynne Wright

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