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Subject: Re: RE info Date: 10/13/2012 7:34 AM
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My husband commuted from Long Island to mid-town Manhattan for over 20 years. The trip was close to 2 hours - each way.

Ow! I hope it was on the LIRR and not in a car--at least then he could read, write, do crosswords, take a nap, or just relax.

I've read that long commutes are correlated with somewhat shorter lives, due I suppose to stress and lack of time for relaxation, exercise and maybe cooking. I had commutes of various lengths over the years, and I was definitely more tired and crankier with a long commute. Anything 45 minutes or less seemed OK. Anything over an hour felt horrible. We moved once to turn a 90-minute commute to a 45-minute one. And that involved selling a house.

These days, it seems more people change jobs more often, so even a good commute might not last. The last few years of my last job were entirely work at home save an annual visit to the office (we moved across the country for my husband's job, and they let me keep mine long-distance). The downsides of that were feeling disconnected from my workplace, partly due to absence of those spontaneous conversations/sources of info and social connection at lunch, before & after meetings and just in the hall. Plus my phone connections to meetings meant that I missed some of what was going on--and all the subtext. I'm happy to be retired!
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