Friday, January 9, 2009

Riddle me this

For the commute downtown to work, Grant used his U-pass from school until it expired at the end of the term in December. When he took the mass-transit El, he had to be out the door at 7:30am in order to catch the train that would get him to work on time.

Now that it's expired, he takes the commuter rail Metra and has to be out the door at 7:55am--and the stops are right next to each other (though the Metra is the one closer to our apartment).

When he took the El, we had to get up at 6:45am to get him out the door in time, approximately 45 minutes before he had to leave. So when we switched over to the Metra, I just plugged in the alarm clock for 45 minutes before he had to leave...yet we found that we had tons of time to kill when we did that. We now set the alarm for just over half an hour before he has to be out the door and we're never rushed for time.

So how does that work? It's 25 minutes difference, but we need 15 fewer minutes to do the same thing?

I don't get it. But, I ain't complaining.


Grant said...

I have one theory. If you have ever seen me in the morning you know that 15 minutes is not an overestimate of how much time I can spend walking back and forth bumping into walls because I can't open my bloodshot eyes. Waking up a bit later makes it so I'm not as bitterly tired, so I do that less.

Amanda said...

Same thing happens to me when I change my schedule. I just started getting up 30 minutes later and still have plenty of time to do what I need to.

Ketchesons said...

Hey guys,
I was wondering if I could get your mailing address. I want to send a gift for the bay, actually mom and baby.
Sorry Grant, you'll soon learn it is ALL about the baby!

Kristina said...

Maybe since he's getting up later he gets out of bed faster. That's how it works for Seth right now since he's going to school an hour later. They are brothers after all :P