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Top 7, Sure-Fire Ways to Foul Up Your Commute


bus stop commuting


Take it from someone who commuted to "the City" from Manalapan for years, I've seen it all!!  Although slightly exaggerated, I've lived this commuting hell!  I paid a steep price to amass this list... my sanity and sometimes even my personal hygiene!!

If you want ensure a rotten start to your day and probably piss off the guy sitting next to you on the train or the bus, take heed of the following.





Top 7 Sure-Fire Ways to Foul Up Your Commute...

late commuter




7.  Be late!  Don't worry, we'll wait while you dodge traffic and risk your life.  And if you cause a major accident,  that will give me something REALLY interesting to post on Facebook!




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6. Don't buy your ticket in advance!  Nothing makes the bus driver, and your fellow commuters, happier than waiting for you to shake them coins out of your piggy bank!  Exact change please!!





burping man




5. Eat a BIG breakfast, including lots of greasy bacon and sausage!  Everyone loves sitting next to the guy who is rubbing his belly, sweating and moaning the entire ride!  And in case you were wondering... those buses equipped with bathrooms... don't even think about it!  They are just for show!





cell phone man


4.  Have that cell phone charged and ready to go!!!  Take this opportunity to call your Abuela, or Nonna or dear old, hard-of-hearing, Grandma.  Talk really loud, preferably in any language other than English.  We see each other EVERY day, it is only natural to start sharing ALL our personal business.  Oh, and every 3 1/2 minutes you should check if they can still hear you.




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3.  Don't look at the seat before you sit!  What fun it is to sit in someone else's puke!  (See number 5 above!)  If it is rush hour and you are on a packed bus and can't believe your good fortune to actually find an empty 2 seater... think again!




crowded commuter




2. Come equipped, it might be a long ride!  Bring your pillow, a blankie, a laptop, a dvd player, slippers and your teddy bear.  Really, you're entitled to use every inch of your personal space and maybe even just a teensy bit of your neighbor's!






smelly man



and the number 1 way to foul up your commute....

1.  Toothpaste is for wussies!..... which narrowly edged out "bean-o is for babies"... which was tied with "deodorant is for dummies"




If you would prefer a more serious take on commuting from the Manalapan, New Jersey area, check out my blog post titled "Commuting from Manalapan, New Jersey to New York City."


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JoAnna Siminerio, Weichert Realtors

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Comment balloon 14 commentsGail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio • November 27 2010 09:37PM


I have never had the opportunity to mass commute and I think that might be a good thing. lol. Hilarious.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 8 years ago

I had done the Fairfax to D.C. commute for years but not in recent years. The few times I have been stuck in rush hour lately, I realized how lucky I am. Statistically, our traffic is worse than that in the NY area, right behind L.A.

Posted by Tom Robinson, Experienced Real Estate, Professional Serving No. VA and DC (Keller Williams Realty Kingstowne/Alexandria, VA Office) over 8 years ago

I was actually writing a serious post about commuting from the Manalapan area to NYC when I kept finding myself going on tangents with little comments and stories from my commuting days.  That's when I stopped and wrote this post instead.

Commuting is a "cult-like" world unto itself!  You see the same people day after day.  You really start to develop this false sense of intimacy.  You give people names... "hairy guy"... "late girl"... "puker"... "stinky man"... you get the point!

I have many friends who still commute and find myself looking forward to their daily facebook post with the trials and tribulations of their daily commutes!


Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) over 8 years ago

Tom, Met a new client today from the Virginia area.  Told me he is 9 miles from work and it takes him near an hour!!!  WOW!  After that, YOU won't get an argument from me about who has the worse traffic!

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) over 8 years ago

Ah the "good old days",  now my commute is from the bedroom to the den, 12 feet, takes 4 seconds.  My seat is always empty, and I can have my coffee too.

Good morning JoAnna

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -) over 8 years ago

I hear ya Ken!!! 

When I stopped commuting to NYC, a little over 10 years ago, I couldn't have been happier. 

Fast forward a few years and I missed it!! 

It was my only "downtime,"  my only opportunity to read a book!  Each night I would take a nap from 5:30 until 6:30 and wake up rejuvenated and ready for the evening!  Now I'm ready to conk out by 8:00!!!

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) over 8 years ago

I remember my commute days to NYC, years ago.  Like you, I had the opportunity to read a book or take a nap.  The only drawback was the train was always crowded.  Talk about intimacy...often, I got to know people alot more than I wanted

Posted by Tony Orefice, Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC (Wilkinson ERA/ over 8 years ago

I can only imagine what the picture was that was removed!!! Great Job!

Posted by Gail Szeluga, Manalapan, Marlboro & Monmouth County (Weichert Realtors-Marlboro, Manalapan) over 8 years ago

Commuting on the NYC subways is NOTHING like commuting on the buses or trains from Manalapan, NJ!!!  Well... maybe a little (see point 3 above!)

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) over 8 years ago

JoAnna great pointer for commuting. Although in my area we don't commute if ever I do.... I refer back to this post for insight. Thanks for making me smile. Keep the great posts coming.

Posted by David Beckham, Your Louisiana Real Estate Connection (Realty Executives Bayou Properties) over 8 years ago

I find it interesting how few people in this great country have had the commuting experience! 

Growing up in Brooklyn, EVERYONE commuted to New York City!!  That's where the jobs were!!  The reason I chose Manalapan, New Jersey was to have a suburban lifestyle while still being able to travel to Wall Street.

I was a commuter for much of my life... as was my Dad, sister, husband and most of my friends! 

The funny part is people who have commuted know that what I wrote above is based in complete truth and barely exaggerated at all!!!

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) over 8 years ago
Stefanie - Lauren & Tim, you brought me to tears ttniansly! You did an awesome job of capturing some of the most special moments of our day. Thank you!!
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