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Monday, March 7, 2016

Challenge of Carpooling

I switched jobs about a year ago. I finally gave up on the company that was only five miles from home but was going no where, to going back to a company that I enjoyed working at that was 65 miles away.

By chance another engineer I've worked with before who lives near me also works there. So the good thing is since we work in the same department and have the same schedule, we carpool and I save hundred plus dollars a month.

Unfortunately the bad thing is the guy not only is always late, he thinks it's funny. Besides this being unprofessional, I find his nonchalant attitude about his poor habits is extremely disrespectful to all around him.

Especially disrespectful to the guy who puts forth the effort to manage his time so he's at the appointed meeting place each morning on time or a little early, only to  wait for him for ten to twenty minutes past our agreed leave time every morning. Not to mention making sure he's ready to go at the end of the day, only to wait for a host of revolving excuses due to a whole day of poor time management.

Between waiting to go to and leave work an average of 20 minutes a day (yes I've kept track) for a rough total of one hour and forty minutes a week; I also can't commit to meetings right after work since I have no idea how long I'll have to wait for my ride share to power down his laptop to bring home and not use until he brings it back to work the next day. Not to mention the rage I need to suppress daily. That can't be good for me.

There are roughly 16,380 reasons why a overly punctual guy like me tolerates this. Each mile I don't put on my vehicle per year commuting because I carpool. But I'm really wondering $1,300 or so spent on gas & oil and the added wear on my vehicle is really worth it. My time and patience has a price too.

I know I should be a responsible professional adult and tolerant the fact that my car pooling partner is not a responsible professional adult. Day by day the time wasted waiting makes that a more and more difficult task.

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