Off into the rat race again. Today the first two trains are not listed; probably due to the work around Sebaldsbrück. But I'm off to the station at the same time anyway, a creature of habit, and will wait for the 06.17 with a coffee and my book.
Highs of 25°C expected today, despite it being the end of September.
Up and about an hour earlier than usual, so I can finish work mid-afternoon and enjoy a longer weekend. Although, sadly, my "date not date" has a new theatre engagement, so it's a "not date" tonight.
At Sebaldsbrück waiting for the 04.13. The bars are still open, thumping out music, and a bottle collector is working their way through the platform rubbish containers.
So, a normal day.
Früh am Tag, und schon deutlich weiter: Vieles seit dem Erwachen ist erfüllt von dem immer wieder staunenden Verharren in Bewunderung des Horizonts, des Lichts, der Farben, die so leicht über der schwarzen Kontur von Wald und Park treiben. Kirchglocken im anderen Viertel, die Weichen der Straßenbahn krachen vor dem nahenden Zug. Noch zu früh für die wirklich großen Bewegungen, also beschränken sich Kontakte am Weg auf erste Pendler, verschlafene Schüler und jene, die die Dunkelheit irgendwie zurückgelassen zu haben scheint. Zwangspause an der letzten Ampel, erste Gespräche, erstes Räuspern, und immer wieder das erschrockene Erstaunen, die eigene Stimme des Morgens zum ersten Mal richtig zu hören. Danach Büroküche, zweiter Kaffee. Für den Schwung, den Geist, die Seele. Für die Routine, und die Möglichkeit, auch andere Gedanken zu finden. Habt es mild heute!
Another exceptionally mild start to the day, with 17°C on the thermometer.
My train is still on the schedule, but appears to have been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday next week, along with the next train. I suspect, although I have never seen any information, it has something to do with the repairs on the tunnel and railway lines in Sebaldsbrück.
Rescheduling my own work times as a result, which is a real pain.
New IT security policy at work means I now cannot deal with work emails on my phone during my two-hour (on a good day) rail commute.
So, suggestions please. I’d like to spend the time constructively, so if you have any suggestions for good podcasts or books that can teach me something interesting, please let me know!
I personally want a #RightToFiber [#FTTB + #FTTH] as well as #RightToWorkRemotely for everyone where feasible as there are enough professions that can't be done remotely [i.e. Delivery Drivers & Repair Services]...
#SevenOnSunday #flowers a #bee #leaves on the way to gold, and #sunset on the #commute homewards
#gardening #pollinators #September #Alberta #CountryLiving #LeafMother #LapuMate
Top left, bottom right Aspen and Balsam Poplars (P tremuloides, P. balsamifera) and friends in every stage now from green to gold to brown #BorealForest
Top right, bottom left near sunsets, from the car, with ground mist and/or smoke. #landscape more ---
Whatever happened to remote offices and the promise they supposedly offered decades ago? Instead of an hour drive to some downtown center they were to be scattered about the suburbs and give the worker at most a fifteen minute commute. They were to be used by small groups from the company and house employees from multiple companies. Modern tech and internet speeds allows for WFH. I get that. But scattered satellite offices were supposed to usher an end to the long #commute.
Expected highs of 24°C today, when it should be autumn weather and temperatures.
My train is scheduled and appears - still - to be running punctually, but that could change.
Another out-of-office day, which is also good.
And then it's the weekend. What more could one wish?
I bet 95% of all bus delays are on the account of cars. Too many cars stuck im traffic. So next time a bus is delayed, judge overboarding car usage rather than a bad bus system. #commute
In #Poznan #BikeLanes are definitely not for #children. People ride recklessly and aggressively. We just started school and we have to #commute 5km to get there and we are choosing pavement over dedicated #BicycleLanes. It’s just safer for the kid…🤷🏻♂️
I should feel totally depressed with the idea of going back to work tomorrow but then again I have a nice 16km #BikeTooter #commute waiting for me and my back has been screaming for more cycling after a week of lying on crappy mattresses and sun loungers.
Weather looks great as well. The only thing that could waste it is the #WankPanzer #SchoolRun
Had an amazing #commute this morning*
*not shown: the extra hour the train took to get to Hannover
Lovely quiet ride to the station this morning and just finished replying to a bunch of Friday emails on my train… including a rather nice one from a new postgraduate researcher from China.
Also: why is higher education accounting so bewilderingly complex. Even our management accountants sigh and roll their eyes at the madness of it all.
The long orange bit in the middle was about 5km on a gradual incline into a headwind. 😮💨 14km in 58min. Definitely a good workout, harder in the afternoon as it was mostly uphill even if it was only gradual. 29km total today! Was definitely wishing the railway I was riding beside actually had trains on it!! #bike #commute #transportation #cycling #ride #exercise #rail #transit
What a great illustration of the perversion of #capitalism: someone who owns two restaurants in downtown Minneapolis is asking Target to force thousands of employees to spend literal pieces of their lifespan every day (and polluting and adding to traffic and wearing down/depreciating their cars in the process) to #commute #returnToOffice #RTO so that their restaurant business model continues to be profitable.
The #remoteWork #flexibleWork revolution is likely unstoppable: thanks to three years of lockdowns, workers now know that rote commuting is a waste of time. Flexible and remote work allows more work-life balance and costs everyone less to produce the same output.
The forces against remote work are almost entirely #reactionary: a desire to return to the Old Ways, to Manage By Walking Around, to go back to the Old Business Models, to save Commercial Real Estate; in other words, to save old capital.
(Article title is clickbait, so I wont’t repeat it)
Straßenbahnmorgen. Schwere Anpassung an wieder anderen Rhythmus, Haltepunkte, Wartezustände. Diffuses Licht hinter beschlagenen Fenstern. Zwei Jungs mit einem viel zu lauten Smartphone, irgendeine Stimme plappert zu flimmernden Bildern in den fast leeren Zug. Der Kopf wildert ohnehin schon seit den letzten Momenten der Nacht im Kalenderplan, hat nicht wirklich abgelassen vom Gestrigen, versucht sich irgendwie geordnet im Heute wiederzufinden. Dann: Schritte in klammen Schuhen auf den Teppichfluren, die ersten Worte der eigenen Stimme klingen kratzig und unsicher. Irgendwie da, und trotzdem noch fern. Erster Kaffee wirkte nicht viel, vielleicht wird es der zweite richten. Habt es mild heute!
"My car week tradition for the last few years has been to commit to biking to work each day. Since moving late last year, my bike commute grew from 10 to 15 miles each way, and I'm sad to say I hadn't tried it since the move. I gave it a shot this week and am happy to report that it is still totally doable! I didn't realize how much I had missed commuting by bike!"
#Zoom wants employees <= 50 miles (80km) of the office to come in at least 2 days a week. FIFTY MILES. That's a 100 mile commute: 1 hour in the car each way, with perfect traffic.
I've done that #commute. It grinds you down. Yet thanks to (ironically) Zoom, et al, there's *no need for this anymore*!
I could envision compromise, but this is *nuts*. Tell me you don't care about your employees without telling me you don't care about your employees.
New profile pic and banner photo for the season, more or less! ( a few weeks old).
Profile pic is a selfie on a day off, about to do some garden work (or at least walk around with the camera pulling dandelions that would be in the shot...) #grumpy #frumpy #fuzzy #OldGuy in front of #garden beds in serious need of work! May 31 #Alberta
banner is a #FromTheCar #commute shot just up the road, #cows #presunset #CountryLiving #Backroads May 28
#PSA for any #strava using #BikeTooter and #infrastructure nerds: My local #MPO recently published a regional #bicycle & #pedestrian plan draft where they used publicly available Strava data as part of the demand assessment. They also mention that users can mark an activity as a #commute, but it appears this did not have an effect on their assessment. I’m not sure if this is common practice, but it may be an argument for keeping your Strava activities public and marking commutes.
Recovering from the #weekend - no not partying 😆 -working! My work is pretty much always hectic, but warm season weekends are extra 'exciting' and this was May #LongWeekend (luckily I don't work Mondays)- so mostly full speed for 7 hours, 3 days...lol
- women are more likely than men to walk and take #publictransport,
- if a household has a car, it will be mostly used by the man,
- women are more likely to trip-chain and have more complex #commute patterns (because they’re expected to do unpaid care work),
- majority of winter road accidents involve pedestrians, and the majority of them are #women,
- in #Stockholm the cost of pedestrian accidents in icy conditions is three times the cost of winter road maintenance.