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krwhiting

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The world has moved on. "T'is a sad state when one has to make/schedule time to read rather than relax with a good book, sit back and escape into the story. We still make the time and read, but not for the lengths of time in years ago.

Agreed. I have to "make" time. I have to take it from something or someone else to be able to read as I wish. When I was in law school, my wife and I lived in a two-family home in Belmont, Massachusetts. We didn't have a tv. We listened to Sox games on WEEI or listened to the PBS station (we like classical music, car talk, etc.). But because of my school schedule, I had hours of time to just read. And I did. I was voracious. I blew through books at about a couple hundred pages a day. Sometimes more. When I worked at a firm downtown, I had a lot less time, though I could still read on the 73 bus to harvard square and on the metro subway between central station and harvard square. Now, I have to drive to work. And I have to manage a small business, and a load of demanding kids (like last night, when I wanted to read and instead had to work on my daughter's defrost in the car she uses). And I've been doing it since 2002. A lot slower reading pace. Depressing.

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Agreed. I have to "make" time. I have to take it from something or someone else to be able to read as I wish. When I was in law school, my wife and I lived in a two-family home in Belmont, Massachusetts. We didn't have a tv. We listened to Sox games on WEEI or listened to the PBS station (we like classical music, car talk, etc.). But because of my school schedule, I had hours of time to just read. And I did. I was voracious. I blew through books at about a couple hundred pages a day. Sometimes more. When I worked at a firm downtown, I had a lot less time, though I could still read on the 73 bus to harvard square and on the metro subway between central station and harvard square. Now, I have to drive to work. And I have to manage a small business, and a load of demanding kids (like last night, when I wanted to read and instead had to work on my daughter's defrost in the car she uses). And I've been doing it since 2002. A lot slower reading pace. Depressing.

Kelly
Have you tried audio books for your commuting time?
 

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No. Although, true story, in late 1989, when I was driving from Idaho to Fort Knox, Kentucky for Armor Officer Basic Course, I read the first volume of the Gunslinger series. I'd prop it on the steering wheel while I drove. Because it was long, open highway (I-80 mostly), for hours and hours, I had no trouble doing it. When I drove back after the course, I listened to the Drawing of the Three on audio book because my mother made me promise never to read while driving again. That's the only audio book I've ever used.

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No. Although, true story, in late 1989, when I was driving from Idaho to Fort Knox, Kentucky for Armor Officer Basic Course, I read the first volume of the Gunslinger series. I'd prop it on the steering wheel while I drove. Because it was long, open highway (I-80 mostly), for hours and hours, I had no trouble doing it. When I drove back after the course, I listened to the Drawing of the Three on audio book because my mother made me promise never to read while driving again. That's the only audio book I've ever used.

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Ahhh, so you were one of those! ;-D My commute to work is only about 20 minutes each way so I don't usually bother with audio books but they're great for longer trips especially if I upload them to my iPod so don't have to switch CDs while driving.
 

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Ahhh, so you were one of those! ;-D My commute to work is only about 20 minutes each way so I don't usually bother with audio books but they're great for longer trips especially if I upload them to my iPod so don't have to switch CDs while driving.

I "was" one of those. But my Mom made me promise. And I don't like to break a promise to my Mom. My drive now is short. Under five minutes house to office. Under ten to courthouse in my county where 95% of my court appearances are. Tomorrow I have to drive up to Adams County in the afternoon. That's a couple hours away. As far as I go for work. But that's pretty rare. I don't have an I-pod.

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I "was" one of those. But my Mom made me promise. And I don't like to break a promise to my Mom. My drive now is short. Under five minutes house to office. Under ten to courthouse in my county where 95% of my court appearances are. Tomorrow I have to drive up to Adams County in the afternoon. That's a couple hours away. As far as I go for work. But that's pretty rare. I don't have an I-pod.

Kelly
Audios wouldn't work for you for commuting, then.
 

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I "was" one of those. But my Mom made me promise. And I don't like to break a promise to my Mom. My drive now is short. Under five minutes house to office. Under ten to courthouse in my county where 95% of my court appearances are. Tomorrow I have to drive up to Adams County in the afternoon. That's a couple hours away. As far as I go for work. But that's pretty rare. I don't have an I-pod.

Kelly

Can you still listen to an audiobook while doing chores- like fixing that defrost in your daughter's car? In the warmer months I used to mow many hours each week and audiobooks were a great way to pass the time while mowing.
 

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Can you still listen to an audiobook while doing chores- like fixing that defrost in your daughter's car? In the warmer months I used to mow many hours each week and audiobooks were a great way to pass the time while mowing.

That's a good idea. I usually just think when I mow. We have an acre of lawn so it takes a while. Though I make the kids do it a lot now (when it isn't winter). But I have to say that I love books. I love how they look and feel. And reading is such a pleasure.

Kelly
 
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Can you still listen to an audiobook while doing chores- like fixing that defrost in your daughter's car? In the warmer months I used to mow many hours each week and audiobooks were a great way to pass the time while mowing.
I will listen to an audio book if I am going to do some wall painting in my house.