In the aftermath of the T-SPLOST, I heard numerous theories about why the proposed tax went down in flames. I’ve offered my own, broad explanation for this result. But it does not necessarily exclude lots of sub-explanations — reasons some particular commuters might have had for voting against it. Here’s the most intriguing one I’ve heard:
Some people secretly like their time in the car, because it’s the only time they have to themselves all day.
Do you enjoy having "alone time" during your commute?
Total Voters: 127
Personally, I don’t subscribe to this idea. I don’t mind my commute because, nine days out of 10, it’s quick and easy. And on that one day out of 10, I’m not happy about the extended driving time. But a few people I know have admitted to enjoying their “me time” in their cars — time they can spend listening to their music, or a podcast, or sitting in relative silence, or whatever — and it made me curious whether this is a widespread sentiment.
Based on what I’ve heard from various people, I would guess this only applies to people who have medium-length commutes: say, more than 30 minutes each way but less than an hour. But hey, I didn’t think anyone thought this way, so maybe I’m wrong about that.
Or maybe this whole idea is off-base. What say you? Whether you’d admit it to your spouse, kids, co-workers or anyone else, do you secretly enjoy the time you spend commuting? (It’s OK; you can tell us. None of you use your real names, anyway!) That’s this week’s Poll Position question. Answer in the nearby poll and — if you dare, or if none of your loved ones know which character you play on this blog — in the comments thread below.
– By Kyle Wingfield