The Commuting Clan

Long commutes to and from work, don’t generally have a great reputation, but there are people who find ways to take pleasure in the daily “ride.”

Take, for example, Margi Hartnett, a writer in Everett, Washington who is an avid 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ferry commuter. “While waiting for the ferry at the dock, I give a morning report to my ‘ferry family.’ We like to share our wildlife sightings and learn about our natural environment. It’s the cheapest marine life and scenic tour around.”

Hartnett has had the pleasure of encountering ferry commuters young and old, some of whom she has watched grow from toddlers to young adults. She is able to easily decipher the difference between tourists and walk-on ferry commuters, as the latter typically sport North Face hooded jackets and waterproof backpacks when it’s cold, and sport sandals and hats when the sun is out.

Jennifer Lehman, a recruiter in the professional services field living in Newburgh, N.Y., uses car, boat and train to get to and from work each day. Although her mode of transportation differs from Hartnett’s, she also considers her fellow commuters her family. “We know each other’s names and phone numbers,” she said, “and if someone isn’t on the ferry for a day or two we get worried.”

Dave Asprey, Inventor of Bulletproof Coffee, charters a single-engine plane from his home in British Colombia to the Bulletproof headquarters in Seattle. He traveled to conferences, meetings, and the Seattle office 170 times in 2017, all the while staying within a fixed budget. By avoiding the cost of a $1.5 million mid-range home in the Bay Area, where he lived before moving to B.C., he is able to invest in his commute “to make it more tolerable.” Greatest of all, Asprey is able to drop his kids off at school, pick food from his garden and work from his own office, in the comfort of his home.

Sometimes we “choose” a long commute – because our dream job and our dream house just aren’t in the same zip code.  Sometimes it’s a choice made for us – because the job we have and the place we can afford to live, or the place we want to raise our kids, just aren’t anywhere near each other.  But regardless of how we commute, the fuels that propel the cars, ferries, planes, buses and other modes of transportation that get us from Point A to B are the essential ingredient to making it all happen.

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