Thursday, September 15th, 2011
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Why The Return Trip Feels Shorter

Why does it seem to take longer to get there than it does to go back? "[P]eople are typically too optimistic about the initial trip, which then takes disappointingly long. So when they return, they're now anticipating it will take a long time. But compared to this expectation, the return trip does not seem as bad." Okay, I'll buy it. I also would have accepted "something something jet stream."

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katherine (#10,025)

How does this apply to commutes?

chainring (#10,815)

Unless the trip is actually, you know, shorter, which it probably is around, you know, 50% or so of the time because of the, you know, wind.

lbf (#2,343)

But somethign something jetstream works when you are flying to Europe. Because why would you want to live anywhere else.

joshc (#442)

For those of us weirdos on the west coast, the going places trip is always much shorter (via wind). This makes the loss of three hours (via timezones) ever so slightly easier to bear, but not by much.

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