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  •  And many of those folks (5+ / 0-)

    wound up commuting to Silicon Valley anyway -- increasing traffic and pollution along many of the heavier traveled corridors, or personal stress on themselves and their families.

    Mr. Scribe was a bus driver for VTA (the local bus system) for close to 30 years; many of his colleagues bought houses in the Central Valley and would live in RVs during the week parked at the bus yard, returning to their homes on the weekends (or wherever their "weekend" happened to hit, be it Saturday/Sunday or Tuesday/Wednesday). I know of a few divorces that resulted from such a living arrangement, as the defacto single parent at home grew tired of such an arrangement.

    We were content with our 1 bedroom apartment just a short drive from work for him...and now that we're involved with helping his mother, even more happy we're nearby when she needs us. Will we move out of the area when she's finally gone? Possibly -- but it's not a given. One learns to prioritize and make sacrifices when necessary.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:03:44 PM PST

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    •  I knew people like that (1+ / 0-)
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      I always rented a small apartment near where I worked. A few years ago I moved to Minnesota, where I now own a place, but back in the Bay Area, I never even considered those crazy commutes. I don't get why people did it.

      I knew people who took those commuter busses from deep in the central valley, getting up at 4am to do it!

      •  It's a little easier now (1+ / 0-)
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        decembersue

        with the ACE (Altamont Commuter Express) trains coming from the Valley to the Valley, but it's still a bit of a trek. And I can see why bus drivers wouldn't want to make the drive to/from home every day when they already spend all day on the road. It's really tough on the family back home -- one of my favorite drivers ended up going through a divorce (he also told me after the divorce he wished I wasn't already married to a work colleague, which freaked me out just a bit...).

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:03:45 PM PST

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