Cut my commute? Or listen to audio books?
I’m shopping for a house right now and find myself in the awkward position of choosing between my daily audiobook fix, and living closer to the office. I know it doesn’t sound like much of a dilemma, since I can always listen to audiobooks while exercising or something, but it’s coupled with the fact that house prices in the vicinity of our office aren’t cheap. So moving closer to work means overpaying for a house AND cutting my audiobook time from 90 minutes a day to 30 minutes. Not pleasant prospects.
It’s complicated further yet by my fiancee preferring to stay where I am now (downtown) because it’s more fun. Of course, she’s not the one with the 1.5 hour daily commute. I know that’s not a long time by the standards of many of our members, but it’s still a lot more than I’d prefer to spend on the highway.
When I first moved downtown I had a similar decision. I could have moved closer to the office then, but chose the fun downtown lifestyle. It was a great decision. The commute wasn’t a problem because I had audiobooks, and downtown IS a lot of fun. People actually drop in to visit. But the commute’s gotten worse, and many of my fun friends have gotten married and moved to the suburbs. Seems to be an affliction of some sort.
Unfortunately, I’m as afflicted as everyone else. I think I’ll be moving soon. Shame about the audiobooks, I don’t really like exercising.