Today is my first foray into Manhattan from our new home and first time in over a month and a half since I was here last. I suppose it has been made easier, having lost my job in February as so many others have as well.
The one thing I now realize is how much I do not miss the commute. I will say that the trip now is not as painful as it used to be from West Orange; taking a bus then the PATH train.
Now, it is a decent ride on NJ Transit from Ridgesiod to Hoboken then a brief PATH ride under the Hudson river into the World Trade Center station.
No matter how “easy” the physical commute is, there is still the psychological effect of commuting. Being crowded by strangers goes without saying for almost any metropolitan commute.
I am more speaking of the basic physical surroundings. It’s no wonder more people are not going postal. These trains, stations and subways are just depressing. I never really noticed it before as another hamster on the wheel, but now I see it with fresh eyes.
One could easily write it off to being in the NJ/NY grind, but that can’t be the reason. Tokyo pushes more commuters around the country and some how the train system still seems brighter, cleaner.
I suppose I am saying that just because the commute is what it is, doesn’t mean the commute has to suck!