When I first got used to driving, an hour was a long time behind the wheel. Though it never seemed to take very long to get from Lincoln to Omaha (about an hour’s drive) as a passenger, it seemed to take forever when behind the wheel.
After I graduated from high school, and was more apt to drive to Omaha to see family, go to sporting events, etc., the time spent on that drive seemed like a much shorter proposition, and something that wasn’t a horrible disruption to my day.
Fast forward to when I lived in Menomonie. During the academic year, I never justified travel to Eau Claire or the Twin Cities on worknights, for various reasons… despite the fact that they were just 30-40 and 60-80 minutes away by car.
This reluctance to drive an hour’s drive on a worknight continued in my first year at Carthage, and maybe even was worse: I didn’t want to make a roundtrip on the same day!
This summer, a few events involving Dina’s family (e.g. game nights, L’Chaim Center events) were events that I got to, despite my then-aversion to driving two-hour roundtrips on weeknights.
Tonight, I’m going for another two-hour roundtrip, but for some reason, it doesn’t feel as negative to me. Maybe it’s because I have no work that I would be missing out on, and no responsibilities tomorrow (other than freezing my cheeks off while hopefully seeing Carthage football dismantle Millikin)!
Today is the twenty-seventh day of the sixth round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R. That makes three weeks and six days.
Green Bay/St. Norbert: 7 days
Minneapolis: 14 days
Lincoln: 57 days