My commute has eased
Nope, I didn't get fired. Yep, I'm still driving 18 miles each way to work. Yep, my wife still gets by with a two mile drive (snide commments under breath).
I know that by the old Southern California drive-to-work standards that I used to live by, that would not be so bad; but here in Portland (the land of two lane freeways while still a big city) it has been a long way. Some days it would take an hour to get to work; there are really no solid alternate routes either.
Well, some of the delay has been caused by freeway expansion (the work was doled out like an annuity; a little every year and it never finishes). Suddenly, and without warning, the crews actually finished a big section that reduces congestion by altering flow and adding a lane. In LA, adding a lane might by scoffed at, but here it raised the capacity by 50%.
Now I occasionally risk speeding tickets (unintentionally, of course) during the peak drive time. Yay.