#30

Being the neo-Luddite that I am, I've been growing increasingly fed up with automobiles. I use one, yes. Daily even. I wish I didn't, and I wish Western society wasn't based entirely around automobile operation.

Disclaimer: I don't hate cars or anything. They've just become such a crutch to our wounded country since the late '40s, and it just makes me sad.

OK, stay with me here--people need to spend lots of money on gas, and gasoline (pronounced "gazzzzoleeeen" like the guy in Road Warrior) seems to be a constant topic of complaint for folks, but folks drive very far not only to go to work or pick up kids or visit or go to church or school, but also to joyride and kill time and buy things, but this is only because having everything localized is a thing of the past. AND THAT IS A HUGE CONCERN OF MINE, but, ahem, I shan't vent here on that topic. Screw community, we say, 'cause we have six cylinders.

But, the main reason for my bad tidings about cars is that there are many folks on the road that are dangerous. For whatever reason. I hear lots of blame placed on the elderly, but younger drivers and baby boomers are just as much to blame. It's getting to the point where I almost die on a daily basis. There is an intersection at one of the entrances to the Beaver Valley Mall that is SUPER DEADLY. Uphill traffic has the right of way. Opposing traffic not only have stop signs, but also stop stuff written on the ground and giant signs that read UPHILL TRAFFIC HAS RIGHT OF WAY. And though I drive cautiously and gently up the hill, I've almost been hit four times this week so far. One example among many, of course.

Right, I'm really off track. The gist--the aim, if you please--of my ramble is that I think states should start implementing new license renewal processes. Check it out:

I'm just tossing ideas out. I'm have a sinking suspicion that this idea wouldn't ever work, or that I'm being shortsighted about many things. But wow, we--meaning you, me, everyone else--need to stop being so dependent on the Iron Horse.

posted, with grace and poise, by Jason @ 10/05/2006 08:19:00 PM,

5 Comments:

At 12:02 AM, Blogger Qere Ketiv said...

Or alternatively,

"French kiss community, cause we've got four cylinders"

Or

"Look at hot community, get shy, and wet yourself in public, cause we've got a vespa"

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Janet said...

i wish i literally had an iron horse... that'd be sweet.

not to downsize your post. it's just so commonly talked about with nothing being done. i don't even have a car, so i can't help the problem.

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Keith Martel said...

License by lottery.

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger John Baldauff said...

My car is broken down at the moment so I have my fiance drive me around...forced car-pool.........

 
At 9:34 AM, Blogger Erica said...

I couldn't agree more. Have you ever read a book called "Carfree Cities" by J.H. Crawford?

http://www.carfree.com/book/index.html

I'd move to one of these cities faster than you could say "sustainable community".

 

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