Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Existential Commuter

When is commuting a state of mind and when is it a physical state? For those of us who commute long distances every day, it's a little bit of both. While our peers who work closer to home often pity us, they are the ones who lack the chance to switch from the work mind to the home mind. Commuting, in spite of its obvious drawbacks, has its advantages as well. Chief among them are the chance to read, write, sleep, catch up on work and just plain think. It also makes us into a kind of ambassador to those at home who are not familiar with our destination city -- in my case, Manhattan. Thanks to my neighbors, I have become a sort of tour guide and ersatz expert on all things New York, whether I deserve that appellation or not.

In this journal I hope to share my journey, the travel information often requested and perhaps connect to my fellow travelers. After all, whether you're on a train, plane or bus or sitting at your desk, we're all commuters on this spaceship as it traces its annual route around the sun.

1 comment:

scottallen008 said...

playing bridge or gin are 2 great ways to spend the time on the train too!