September 5, 2006
The Car-full Life
I had some fun reading the observations of participants in the Car-Free Challenge last month. My own mostly-car-free life began about 2 1/2 years ago when I turned over the keys to my Geo Metro to my stepson so he could commute to high school. Don't even get me started on why a 17 or 18-year-old needs to drive to school, but suffice it to say there was a custody agreement involved.
That era is about to end as he heads off to college next month, and the Geo will get sold-off or donated at that time.
But last week, when he was off on a last-blowout-of-summer camping trip, I had an unusual luxury, an extra car parked outside on the street.
It was interesting to watch my own behavior change when there was no-apparent-incremental-cost-transportation sitting outside the door. I took several trips that were purely convenience-based, ones that I definitely would not have taken if it were a matter of renting a Flexcar for a couple of hours.
So seductive. On the other hand, I had zero temptation to drive on the freeway during rush hour, and I'm not going to miss the insurance bills at all when the car is gone.
September 5, 2006 8:29 PM
That's why automobiles dump billions of dollars into the US Economy. Simply because it's such a silly "convenience".
We don't need to use them as much as we do, an entire alternative transit system could be erected in a mere 2-5 years...
...but they are still such an easy convenience. Nothing that humanity has ever developed comes close in convenience.
September 6, 2006 11:11 AM
TV? The internet? Cell phones? You don't even need to go out the door to use them!