Here are some thoughts from a guy who is just getting back Friday after fighting the early morning traffic heading into Pittsburgh.

I just don’t understand how people can do that every day, heading into a big city to go to work. Driving an hour or so each way would be horrible. Especially in heavy traffic. The last time I came back from Pittsburgh in heavy traffic there was an accident ahead and a car was actually on fire at the side of the road as I went past.

I can be a driving machine at times. I have driven straight through to Daytona Beach and Fargo, N.D. In fact, if you’re riding with me on those trips you need to coordinate your restroom activities to when I stop for gas. Fill the car, empty the passengers so to speak.

But wasting time driving to and from work? No way.

I live 2.2 miles from The Herald and it takes me about 5 minutes to get there. Now I realize that other people drive much farther. But most of you don’t have a sick mind like mine that considers such things as the following:

If you drive one-half hour to work and back, that’s time away from your family or the golf course, which ever you prefer.

An hour a day on the road, equates to about 225 hours a year if you consider you work five days a week and get 3 weeks vacation. If you work 40 years at that job, driving that distance, that amounts to 9,000 hours or about 378 whole days.

That means you have spent more than one year of your life on the road to work and back.

And that of course is one year of waking hours. One year you could be spending with your kids. No wonder Harry Chapin wrote:

“Cat’s in a cradle with a silver spoon; Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon. When you comin’ home, dad? ... I don’t know when. But we’ll get together then, son. You know we’ll have a good time then.”

• OK, Christmas is almost upon us and it’s a great time of the year. But I always get a kick out of those politically correct people who don’t want to say “Merry Christmas” because it might be offensive to people who aren’t Christians.

What a laugh. How many people really think that Christmas is a religious holiday to today’s society? The image of Santa Claus looms a lot larger than that of nativity scenes in most neighborhoods.

Over the holidays the average person spends maybe two hours in church and two weeks in stores shopping.

Let’s face it. Nothing says “Glory to the Christ child” like one of those big snowglobes out in your front yard.

And nothing brings out the spirit of Christmas like the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

So if you want to be politically correct, start making noise about stuff like that instead of being rude to someone who tells you: “Merry Christmas.”

I wonder how many of those politically correct psychos actually go to work on Dec. 25 because they don’t want to acknowledge Christmas? One good thing for them. If they work in a big city, the drive in would be a lot easier.

Herald Sports Editor Lynn Saternow writes this column each Saturday for the Opinion page.

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