As a lifer of the DC metro area, Alexandria to be specific, there's not much I don't absolutely adore about the area. I've tried other states, went as far west as possible and I still decided: home is home, and my home is in Alexandria. No, no, I'm not running for city Ambassador, just a true love for this place that I call home and also work.
It got me thinking this morning, as we were leaving my son's tball game, how much the quality of our lives and work/life balance is due to the living and working where we love. Perhaps this image looks familiar?
This, my friends, is the Capital Parking Lot Beltway at 5pm on Thursday. You may also notice the EZ Pass in the window...by time I got to the EZ pass lane entrance, it was $11.30 to access it to 395. Nope, that's not a typo...for real, $11.30 to drive 7 miles, sans gridlock.
Yes, one could argue, bad timing on my part to have been at an appointment in Bethesda, MD this time of day; but what about the other zillion of folks thats stopped in both directions, who can't control their timing of their workdays?
I offer this image as a reminder, when house hunting, to add specific location to your list of "non-negotiables", right there under price and number of bedrooms. The awesome thing about this area is that each city/community can offer you a reprieve from the madness, with shopping, recreation and often times, employment, available within a sanity-saving distance of your home.
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