Today I had to go to the office for the first time since it moved to the Wells Fargo center in downtown Miami. I only needed to go in to pick up some stuff and I decided to go what I thought was after rush hour to get it. I left at around 9AM and when I hit the highway I immediately hit rush hour traffic… WTF??? Shouldn’t these people already be at the office or something? What should be a 30 minute ride to the office took around an hour and fifteen minutes instead. I used Google Maps to find the best way to downtown and ended up going down the mean streets of North Miami where I saw a ton of graffiti on different buildings and concrete fences. I’ll admit that the graffiti was very well done and was a nice change from looking at tail lights on I-95.
Downtown Miami was a crazy mess of cars. It’s a lot busier than I remember and that last mile took entirely too long. I was glad to get to the garage but hated that they charged by the half hour (yet another WTF moment). I stayed maybe an hour to pick up what I needed and then tried to go home (again not during rush hour) and I ran into bumper to bumper traffic for most of the way home. Granted it was because of a nasty 4 car accident but still being in traffic for almost 3 hours outside of rush hour is just crazy. This just continues to remind me why I don’t have local clients. Every once in a while I get the urge to be local but it’s days like today that remind me that’s just crazy talk unless I can work from home. The productivity lost to traffic is immense, white collar work doesn’t need offices anymore, it’s time to go virtual and stopping the madness that is the daily work commute!
On the plus side I did see some fabulous street art that I would have never seen if I had not gone to the office today.