Pro: I have discovered a much more pleasant, scenic, peaceful drive to and from work, avoiding all highways, tolls and major thoroughfares, consisting of all back roads lined with homes, trees, scenic fields, a couple bridges and following the Mohawk River in spots.
Con: It adds 10 minutes to my commute, which is already 10 minutes longer than my previous commute, meaning I have gone from a 25 minute commute to a 45 minute commute.
Pro: There are 3 coffee shops within 2 minute walking distance from my building.
Con: None of them are open prior to 7:00 am, which is when I start work.
Pro: I now have state parking (for the first time in my 15 year career with the state) in the garage that abuts my building, which only costs $27.00 a month, deducted from my paycheck, as opposed to the $60.00 I would have had to pay for the monthly garage pass, otherwise, which would still have been less than the $135.00 a month I had to pay in Albany to park.
Con: I still have to pay $27.00 a month for the luxury of parking my car so I can work here.
Pro: There are 4 eateries nearby that would be a nice place to get a break from my office at lunch, enjoy a soda or bowl of soup, cruise the net on my iPad and perhaps enjoy lunch with a friend or two now and then.
Con: The other 300 newly transplanted people in my building have discovered these places, too.
Pro: I have changed my schedule so I am back to getting out earlier 5 out of 9 days of my 2 week work cycle.
Con: With the added driving time, I will actually get home later.
Pro: I am not alone in my misery and feel great empathy from my co-workers who feel the same.
Con: I work with a bunch of miserable people.