It's not really worse than Boston traffic. It's not better, either. Those that are friends with me on Facebook saw that I posted yesterday about the new commute. I'm staying with friends (MBtGE, actually) near where we're looking to buy a house, so this is representative of my daily commute. I'd heard that it was pretty craptastic, and yesterday more or less bore that out. An hour to go 20 miles in the morning, and a shade under that in the return trip in the afternoon.
My commute to my previous job was about the same distance, but on an average day would take ~ 35-40 minutes as a rule. There's one significant difference between the two, though (aside from one being in Mordor and one being in America). The previous commute, while shorter, was through back roads and through the center of several towns, meaning lots of stops and starts and lights and related crap.
The new commute is about 5 minutes to the highway, 50 minutes sitting in highway traffic, and another 5 minutes getting off the highway. Both ways. It's 20 miles one-way, and ~3 miles to the highway/2 miles to the office off the highway on the way in. Traffic is congested, certainly, and there's a lot of stop and go, but it's all straight, on the same road. Not to mention that it's highway, so it's in better shape than what passed for backroads back home.
I'm thinking about picking up some audiobooks for the ride in - if I'm going to sit in my car and stare straight ahead, I might as well make the most of the time, right? I have a CD player in the truck as well as an iPhone that I could download audiobooks to as well. I'm thinking I might start off with a Monster Hunter or two; see how I like the audiobook experience first with something I'm familiar with.
Any other thoughts on how to pass an hour's time?
That is all.