10 Great Things About Your Daily Commute

Commuter?—I barely know her….

Oh commuting. The bane of my existence. The salt in my wound. The eye lash in my eggs. The watered down drink that I paid $10 for. It’s childish to act like that though. You’ve got to make the most of things. For an hour or two or sometimes three a day you are in transit. That’s free time. You can spend it doing anything. Here are 10 ideas on how to turn your commute into a positive experience.

Listen - Music can affect your mood. Get pumped up with some arena rock. Or trigger an acid flashback with Paint It Black. Maybe just play it safe and mellow out with Norah Jones or your favorite Starbucks greatest hits CD. Hi Mom! To be more productive use language tapes. If neither of those options appeal to you try a podcast. There are thousands to choose from.

Sleep – Nobody is satisfied with their amount of sleep before work. With TV, internet and Netflix we have too much fun at home to go to bed early. Catching up on some Z’s while commuting is a good enjoyable use of that time. Sunglasses are a must. The bigger and darker the better. You should look like Bono on the Zoo TV tour.

Read – Newspapers can be kind of unwieldy but if you somehow can manage reading the New York Times on your commute you will have the respect of everybody who sees you. You’re a virtuoso of newspaper folding. A technician of periodical origami. If you are like the rest of us though it can’t hurt to read a book. Or your favorite internet blogger. How you doin'?

Get drunk – Some of us are fortunate to have transportation to work that allows for the consumption of alcohol. It’s really more of a on the way home thing than a way to work thing. After a hard day though at the chicken nugget factory or making shoes you deserve to unwind with a drink.

Eat – Most of these have been for the train. That’s how I ride. Choo choo. You can eat anywhere though. Like while driving. Or walking. Maybe on a bike but it’d be hard. Not a jetpack though. You’ve got to have both hands available while wearing a jetpack. Commuter food should be easy to travel with. Don't try eating pancakes and spaghetti. what are you an animal? i think bagels are great for the ride in. They aren't messy. They don't smell weird and they are cheap.

Work –For some the biggest problem with commuting is what an absolute waste of time it is. We can utilize that time though. Two bird one stone this thing and get some work done! It’s a good way to get a head start on some extra work. Like a HooplaHa article you were supposed to have finished already. If you really want to be efficient, (you should or the machines will take over), you can eat while working. That's like killing 3 birds with one bagel.

Become a Travel Expert – And unappreciated part of commuting is the fact that you are traveling every town and neighborhood along the way to your destination. Sure, you are just passing through and most of these places you wouldn’t stop to go to the bathroom in even if gold was flowing out of the toilets, but take the opportunity to learn. Learning things like there is a tile factory and a giant inflatable gorilla somewhere in Brooklyn. As well as a dollar store in Baldwin and a bike shop in Massapequa. Whoa learning is cool huh?

Get Motivated – Let’s say you hate commuting. Nothing on this list works for you. You just are dead set on not enjoying anything about the process of getting to work. Nobody understands you and you hate your parents and blah, blah. Hey, snap out of it. Use all that negativity as motivation. Get a better paying job or a better living situation. Let every moment you are stuck in traffic or Brad Pittstains is directing his underarm heat in your face be a reminder that you need to do something about this. Be the change you want to see in your commute.

Improve your Hygiene – A different kind of motivation. It is the motivation to clean your smelly body because you are about to be packed like a sardine with other people. You don’t want to be riding the subway and told to please put your arm down do you Smell Silverstein? Smelly Long? Smelldon Cooper? Smell Brooks? I can do this all day. You don’t have to put on your Sunday best but look good for your ride and you’ll feel good too.

Meet People – People fall in love all the time….on the internet. You can meet people in real life too though! That’s how every other generation has done it. Forever. It might take a couple of train beers to loosen up but try talking to a stranger. Introduce yourself. Lie about your job.

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