The day before I started a new job I voted for commute,
which turned out to be the right vote. My estimated
3 hour daily commute became a hypothetical 4 hour,
a temporary 5 hour, and a grueling 5.5 hour daily
commute in the 2 days I made it to work. The first
day I didn't even go to work because there was supposed
to be a train strike, which instead took place after
The first day's commute took 5 hours. I figured I'd
be able to trim that down once I got used to the route.
The second day seemed to confirm that theory. I made
it to the office in 2 hours and estimated the return
trip would take the same time. There didn't seem to
be much room for optimization beyond that as I hadn't
missed any connections nor spent a lot of time waiting.
Some waiting was of course inevitable in a commute
consisting of walk, metro, train-with-levitating-room-only,
train, and walk.
I was seriously considering looking for another job by
the time I squeezed in to the train on the way home. By
the time I got off that train I was certain.
The crowded train ride should have been a short trip
from SW Amsterdam to SE Amsterdam. Shortly after the
stop before mine, my ticket was checked without comment.
I was wondering why it was taking so long when the train
rushed through a station without stopping--a station
NE of Amsterdam. When it passed through Hilversum as
well without even slowing down, I started to worry.
Finally the train did stop at Amersfoort, which is about
50 km past the stop I wanted (Duivendrecht).
I got home around 21:30, still wondering how I could have gotten
on the wrong train because I was certain the sign had listed
a stop at Duivendrecht. According to the train company's website,
the engineer, not I, had been on the wrong train.
There's no escaping solidarity, so I quit (by email, as there was a strike the next day).
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