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New office space. - Dan the Serene
October 19th, 2008
10:27 pm


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New office space.
This is kind of weird. For almost four years I've been commuting from Burke to Pentagon City. My schedule has been set by the hours of the HOV lanes on 395 and whether or not conditions are rideable on a given day. Friday, I drove to the new office for the first time, in the car over surface roads only, and had the engine running for just under 20 minutes door to door. Traffic levels will have essentially no impact on my arrival or departure time because they vary so little.

The cubes we occupy now were designed for govvies, so they are palatial by contractor standards. Lots of space, lots of light. If I had moved here directly from the "three guys in a 72 square foot cube" I would have suffered from agoraphobia. I think this personal cube is bigger than that. I even have a place to hang up my coat(!). I feel like I need to bring in more stuff to spread around and fill the empty space. For those of you unfamiliar with government office space, contractors get cubes no matter how senior, what their duties require, or how much they make. I make more than a lot of govvies with interior offices, but I'll never get one myself. That's why a nice cube is so impressive.

Lunchtime is going to be interesting. In Pentagon City we had the mall food court at the bottom of the elevator and the restaurants of Pentagon Row a five minute walk away. I could easily walk alone or with a group depending on my mood. Out here there's stuff nearby by suburban standards, but you need to drive to anything beyond the deli downstairs. I may have to start driving on a regular basis to make it easier to eat—especially with team mates who do not drive. Those folks will need to bring their lunch, eat down stairs, or rely on rides from others every day.

For that matter, I could drive the car every day and still have it be cheaper than riding to Pentagon City. Round trip distance has dropped from roughly 35 to 40 miles depending on route to 18 to 22 miles. Parking is free here, while it is as much as $6.00 per day on the meters there. My average was closer to $3.00 when I could share a meter with other motorcycles, but car days I had to pay full price. In the spring I may look into riding a bicycle here. That could be very beneficial from a number of angles. There should be enough bike paths to keep me out of serious trouble and the building next door has a gym we can use so I can clean up and change fairly easily. Again, I'll have to do some research on that.

I went out to lunch at my favorite Chinese restaurant because it's only five minutes from the new office. I will have to limit myself to no more than once a week. Another thing that was weird was my reluctance to part with a quarter toward the bill because I automatically horde them for the meter.

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Date:October 20th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
LOL, you cheap bastard!

This sounds like a good thing...other than the not riding as much to work. :-(

I registered for the motorcycle class! My schedule should be freeing up next motnh at work so I will do what I have not been able to for too long. Whee.
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Date:October 20th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Go you!
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Date:October 20th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Hey, what helmet brand do you recommend these days?

I guess I will have to get a motorcycle icon soon. :-)
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Date:October 20th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
I wear an Arai RX-7 Corsair, but they are expensive. I've heard good things about the Scorpion brand. DOT and SNELL for a lot less than most.
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Date:October 20th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
OK, somehow I missed the office moving post - what general area are you in now?
Date:October 20th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)

I'm curious to see where you've shacked up.
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Date:October 20th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
This all sounds like the move is a good thing for you, in several ways. And even if you do drive in, the mileage is less, so less wear and tear on your vehicle, plus less gas consumption. That will definitely help you save some of those quarters. ;-)

Don't feel bad, I'm always hoarding quarters myself for one reason or another, usually the Sunday paper.
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