My job is almost 24 miles from my home and it normally takes me about a half hour drive to get there. When you live in a small town, you expect a commute for almost any job. The boutique where I work is in the middle of the biggest shopping area of about a twelve county region. Today, the last three quarters of a mile of that drive took 35 minutes. If I hadn't been getting paid, there's no way I would have been in that mess.