While you’re sitting in weekday traffic on the bridges, Drew Myers is suited up and flying by on his Jet Ski. For roughly a decade, it’s been his preferred mode of daily transportation, and as a self-proclaimed risk taker, he wouldn’t have it any other way. We got a chance to ask him more about his commute.
Reflections magazine: When did you start taking a Jet Ski to work?
Drew Myers: I started my business in 2004 over in Leschi, and I got the one office building on Lake Washington other than Carillon Point. I was living on Mercer Island at the time and have since bought a house on Faben Point. So for eight months of the year, 90 percent of the time, I cruise on over to the office on the water, rain or shine.
RM: Why is this your preferred mode of transportation?
DM: It’s so liberating, and I never get sick of it. There’s no traffic, and it takes less than 10 minutes, whereas in the car it takes 20 to 25 minutes. It’s definitely more efficient and definitely more fun. I don’t have plans to stop anytime soon.
RM: What do you wear?
DM: It’s really simple because I almost never get wet, although sometimes if there are white caps, you’ll get sprayed pretty hard. I have sailing pants and a sailing jacket and a waterproof bag for my computer. And I just take it off as I walk into the office or back at the house. Luckily, I’ve never fallen in in 10 or 12 years, believe it or not.
RM: What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had commuting this way?
DM: I’ve received a few speeding tickets for going too fast or riding too close to the shore, nothing too bad, though.
RM: Any advice for others who might be considering alternative methods of commuting?
DM: Instructionally, it’s hard because you have to live on the water and work on the water. But there’s really not too much to fear.
RM: Have you always been the adventurous type?
DM: I do like speed and risk with everything I do. I’ve always been adventurous, and I do not like rules, do not like conforming, and I can’t handle anything mundane or mediocre. I go all-out. I find risk a lot in my life.
RM: Is boating and water recreation a big part of your life in general?
DM: Absolutely. I’m into paddleboarding and boating in the San Juans; I’m always on the water. I really love it, and this gives me a reason to get out there every day.