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Wednesday, 17.Aug.2005

20:29 - hrmm.. not sure I like this // life

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(gonna hafta make a "car" tag, this thing is getting enough posts recently)

So yeah, today on the way to work, I'm walking along and about 15 to 20 minutes from the house I notice I forgot my glasses. This was after I had already gotten a late start in the first place (didn't get out the door 'till 7:50 (we'll just ignore the fact that my job officially starts at 8 (haven't made it in on time in months, why break a solid track record now?))), so I halfway debated just leaving them and suffering through the day without, but I decided to go back afterall as my vision is showing signs of really needing the glasses for computer work these days and I really didn't feel like the pain of reading the screen without them. So I get home, grab the glasses and decide that, it now being 8:30, I'll be getting to work via public transit later even than I'm comfortable with (though I don't show up on time, I'm rarely more than an hour late) so I grab the keys and drive the car in.

Now, I'm not entirely sure I'm comfortable with this choice. I'd rather not take the car to work if there is no errand-based reason for it. I don't want to be terribly late to work, either (particularly not these weeks as we are insanely busy with gearing up for the semester start). So it was a tough decision to make. I made it, sure, but I'll have to be careful in the future to avoid letting myself slack in the morning because "I could just drive in if I leave too late".

in other news, this is a fun car to drive. the little mpg part of the console leads to fun little games like trying to keep the mileage at a specific number as long as possible. need a new sound system in it, though. stock speakers are barely tolerable, and there's no decent iPod adapter for the tuner. :(

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From:spasmsproject
Date:12:23 18.Aug.2005 (UTC)
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It's so impressive that you're using the car only when you need it and relying on your feet and public transportation elsewise. I lived without a car from 1991-2002, and I was healthier for it, although the slightest trip required great care and planning with my daughter in tow.

I started driving again three years ago, and while I have to say I feel much safer knowing if there's an emergency at school or if there's an accident, I can get her to a hospital quickly, I do miss walking. I've been walking two miles a day the last few months, and it's nice, but it's not purposeful. There's no destination in mind except raising my heart rate for thirty consecutive minutes.

Just saying.
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From:lograh
Date:13:04 18.Aug.2005 (UTC)
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well, being a parent and having to consider the welfare of your child certainly puts a strain on living life without a car. It can be done, yes, but as you mentioned it's easier to get the child to a hospital when you have a car handy. Though some would argue that is precisely what ambulances are for.. the pros and cons could go back and forth all day..
But yeah, being a parent makes having a car much less of an option and more of a necessity.

You and her could walk to the store instead of driving. I'll make small trips to the store about three times a week. Not driving means you can only buy what you can carry back, so you wind up making lots of small trips to the store instead of one big one per week. Perhaps you could take your daughter with you and she can carry an item or two back alongside you. Just guessing here, I don't know how old she is, but I imagine with your imagination you could likely manage to turn the store trip into something of an adventure for her so she enjoys it as well. And that way you both get some excercise out of it and help to reduce your dependance on oil.
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From:spasmsproject
Date:13:36 18.Aug.2005 (UTC)
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Re the ambulance, I can get to the nearest hospital in seven minutes in normal traffic by car. The nearest ambulance dispatch is eighteen minutes away, and would still have to get us to the hospital once it reached us, so a car is clearly the better option.

Walking to the store would be an awesome idea, if the nearest store wasn't three miles away. When we lived in Lindenhurst and Copiague, we were near shopping centers and parks and all that neat stuff, but we live in a semi-rural area now (on 9/10s of an acre of wooded land!!! Yay!) and part of the point of moving out here was to get away from strip malls and the like. Stores and malls are easily accessible, but we have to take a highway in order to get there.

Here's part of our back yard:
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My daughter's nine, though, and able to go a pretty good distance. We've taken some nice walks and hikes together. Her dad doesn't drive, so she walks a lot with him, too.
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From:lograh
Date:14:13 18.Aug.2005 (UTC)
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wow.. verry purdy back yard.. nice foliage..

well, ya know, if you could get up to the distance walking three miles to the store isn't really that bad a walk. though yeah, it might be a little far for a 9 year old. is still something to keep in mind. Perhaps the two of you could ride bikes there? three miles is nothing on a bike (I can't even get warmed up in that short distance unless I sprint the whole way), and you can have racks on the back or little baskets on the handlebars.. but then you need to both have bikes..

and still, you say that you like to walk a few miles a few times a week, but wish there could be a goal. You could just walk to the store yourself. If you're going to be out walking anyway, the worry of not being near a car for your daughter is not going to change based on where you are walking to, so might as well go pick up a few items while you're out. :) It gives you a goal, and you get to play with carrying the weight of the goods back home (great arm excercise if you do it right).
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From:spasmsproject
Date:14:20 18.Aug.2005 (UTC)
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Thanks!

It's not so much the distance of three miles as walking the three miles, doing the shopping, and carrying everything back three miles. It's a little too much for a kid. I could probably do it without much problem, although I'd think twice about buying milk or ice cream on such a trip.

A long bike ride is out for my daughter. She has autism and still hasn't gotten to the point of coordination where she can ride a bike without training wheels. Around the yard or around the school parking lot isn't a big deal, but three miles each way down 45 speed limit roads is a bit much.

I might try it myself, though.
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