When people insist that they know your situation better than you do.
I was in a discussion about driving in cultures (notably, that in the US we do it a LOT), and this person kept insisting that M should take the train to work instead of drive. Why, M could get more sleep, surf the net, or indulge in art!
Um. For starters, there's no train that goes anywhere near M's work unless M is labelled as freight. Secondly, that forty five minute drive becomes a two hour commute EACH WAY (a minor inconvenience, they called it), most of it by bus. Public transit bus. Sleep? Heh, good luck with hard plastic seats. Surf the net? With what connectivity... we have free wifi with our cable service, and we can't even find a connection at HOME. In the city. As opposed to on the road. Draw? I don't know what buses are like where any of you are, but they are *cramped* here. And all of this even assumes you can get a seat and aren't strap-hanging.
And it is more expensive, even considering gas and bridge tolls.
But they just couldn't get it through their head that transit in the US isn't like it is in Europe. ::Sigh::
Yup. I live in NJ and while we have pretty decent transportation INTO NYC, within the state it pretty much stinks. And even getting in, most parking at train stations is permit only, with very long waiting lists, so if you are going in on a random weekday, its hard to find somewhere to park while you take the train in.
My cousin lives in the DC area, in MD. She drives 10 mi each way to the Metro, then takes it in to work. Great for her, but we dont' have that option.
Now when I go visit her, its about a 4.5 hour drive. She always asks why I drive rather than take the train. Well, I'd have to drive 45 minutes to friends where I can leave my car, another 10 while they drive me to the train station, a 2.75 hour train ride INTO DC, then another 45-60 minutes on the metro out to MD.
yet she keeps asking me if I've thought about taking the train down!!!!!
The best one was discussing my next trip to my mom's in VA. When she and I will then be driving to WI. I said thankfully I should have a new car by then, as that's the easiest way to get there (mine is old so I usually rent one to go visit her).
We went through the whole litany, as i didn't want to rent a car and let it sit for 10 days, one way rentals are doulbe or triple, flying is pricy, and Amtrak is a nightmare. All of which we've discussed befoer, and I said i was thinking of a new car anway, so this is a good time.