I agree that the rough is less of a factor with longer tee shots that get closer to the greens, and I have been on some courses where the rough was so high and thick that it had to be avoided at all costs, but that's not typical.
BTW. I have never said how far I typically hit my driver. Not going down that road.
Ah, but you hinted at it on another thread. I don't remember everyone's stats, but I do build a mental profile of the people whom I communicate most frequently. Kind of like physical or facial features when you meet someone in person.