Thanks for the well wishes. Actually, my drive into the city takes 60 minutes in the morning. However, 2 hours to drive home at night. Part of my commute distance (14 miles each way) gets reimbursed as well as my $15.00 per day parking fees. However, the afternoon drive usually requires me to just use my portable music player and ear buds. I then listen to music that makes me happy. Plus, I stay in one lane usually, so I'm not bouncing around in traffic. Also, Diet Mt. Dew works well for keeping my motor running. The new commute will only be 17 miles, each way.
Keat, Actually, I don't think this will change my budget. I'm just going to chill a bit with the gear that I have, perform a few more mods. I'll jump on that new FiiO amp when it hits the streets here in the U.S. in a week or so - that should be about all. My daughter will be heading to college in a year. That will kill some of the funds as we'll pay the room and board - her tuition is covered with a pre-paid plan. Also, my commuter car now has over 155,000 miles on it - yet still going strong. However, we just bought a new vehicle last summer, so I'll have to hold onto my current vehicle for a bit more. Hopefully, 200,000 miles should be relatively easy to achieve.
At the moment, my modified Grado SR225 woody headphones make me feel like a king. The sound is beautiful. The rods don't move anymore so they're more comfortable than ever. I don't see a need to make a dramatic move too quickly.