I've been riding a Triangle Transit Authority vanpool to work for more than three years now, but lately I've been thinking of quitting so I can take advantage of our "flex-time." I feel like crap about it though, because van membership has dropped recently, which pushes up the cost for the remaining members. So if I quit everyone else will have to pay still more. But If I stay, I will continue to be miserable about not getting home until almost 6 pm every day, wasting away valuable daylight hours for this underpaying, stupid, gut-wrenchingly boring and too-far-from-my-house job. If I don't ride the van, I can get to work at 7:30, take a half-hour lunch, and leave at 4:00, which would get me home at about 4:45 (assuming there are no wrecks or other traffic problems). Am I a horrible person for quitting the van--a small collective attempt at reducing traffic, emissions and reliance on petroleum--just because I would like to enjoy an extra hour or so of each day? It adds up to about 11 days of each year that I would wrench free from the gaping, time-eating maw of work/commute.
I wish they would hurry up and build the damn train system here. The thing I miss most about living in Chicago is being able to take the el, or a bus, or an el/bus combination, pretty much anywhere I needed to go. Of course, the train system they build here will be nowhere near as good as the el because they will inevitably fuck it up from the get-go by short-changing it because it's not popular among the fatass blowhards around here who insist it's their gawd-given right to drive a huge SUV.
Anyway, if they ever do build the train, I'll be able to to be to ditch the car AND work my desired schedule. But maybe by then I will have found a job in Durham--surely there is an underpaying, stupid and gut-wrenchingly boring job that I don't have to drive 35 minutes to get to.