I’m an unemployed bastard. I’m actually quite happy that I left my workplace since I have a lot of free time to do things I actually like in software such as concentrating on learning new things and participating in open-source projects.
One of the hardest things I had to do when I left was to return my leased car. Really, I actually patted its trunk and wished it farewell.
Anyway, we have a different car now and I have a great ride on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but on Sundays I take a path few developers remember - public transportation.
Don’t know about your country, but public transportation here in Israel can be inefficient. I have to go a 30km distance by 4 means of transportation.
I get up ’round 5:30am, grab a quick shower and prepare the morning Macciato using my Bialetti Brikka.
Before leaving the house, I open up Google Reader just to make sure no new technologies have been released overnight. I quickly scan my favorite feeds and head on out.
First thing is a good 20 minute walk to the train station. Its still early in the morning so its not too hot outside and the walk feels refreshing and awakening. I hook up to my iPod Shuffle and take full advantage of these 20 minutes by listening to the latest Hanselminutes show.
After that I have a ~45 minute train ride. Trains here are quite comfy and spacious and working on a laptop is really convenient, so I pull out my hp nx7400 and work on some open-source projects (currently Regionerate) over the entire ride.
Following the train ride I have a ~30 minute bus ride, in which it is impossible to pull out old lappy so it’s the perfect time to give the posts in my Google Reader reading list a more thorough read. Good thing I have it synced to my iPAQ.
I get off the bus at a 10 minute walk from campus, I try to empty my head during this walk.
Then I get to college and learn things that are absolutely unrelated to my career, but still have to learn them because that’s the only way to get the degree.
On the way back I listen to the latest .NET Rocks! (a.k.a “The Cure for the Common Commute”) show while fixing all the unit tests I’ve failed on the way to Campus
Hey, I could have made it in 30 minutes by car, but this happens only once a week and is a really great opportunity to do stuff I really love. Better than being a traffic zombie.
How about you? Do you take full advantage of your ride to work?