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4278Re: [carfree_cities] Carfree and Free Minded

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  • Vincent Hedger
    Feb 2, 2002
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      To paraphrase Pogo:
      We have met the asshole in the red honda,
      and the asshole is us.

      >From: "demitriamondethraam" <monde@...>
      >Reply-To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      >To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [carfree_cities] Carfree and Free Minded
      >Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2002 18:43:06 -0000
      >I'm happy to see a community devoted to carlessness. I have lived my
      >whole life in California, being born and raised in Los Angeles County
      >of all places, where cars are literally worshiped. I did not join
      >the Church of the Vehicularly Obsessed, though. The main reason for
      >my never driving or owning a car [even as a teenager!] was one I
      >don't see listed in the reasons cars stink (literally, too) on the
      >carfree-cities site. And that is a psychological thing.
      >Driving, I found out after only three driver training lessons (well,
      >honestly, I'd say 2.5 driver training lessons as I called off the
      >third one before it was half over) is something my spacey, drifting,
      >artistic rightbrained mind just could not do properly. I think most
      >people who experience the things I did just ignore them, thinking to
      >themselves well I NEED to drive, I better just write off this
      >scaredycat feeling that I can't really follow what people on ALL FOUR
      >SIDES OF THE VEHICLE I AM IN are doing, and what the cars behind THEM
      >are doing, and at the SAME time be cognizent of the turn in the road
      >ahead and the fact that I must lower my speed to safely handle it,
      >plus the fact that the freeway exit I need to get off on is coming up
      >very fast to the left and to the right is the truck lane and I can't
      >see the rearview properly because some dimbulb at the last gas
      >station bent the damn thing while cleaning it and yet on top of all
      >this - go figure - MY mind is looking at the goddam clouds and
      >thinking of what shapes they're forming and fantasizing about
      >something going on in a fictional universe somewhere. Or thinking
      >about sex. I think you get the idea. God knows how many lives I
      >saved by calling the whole thing off mid-training as a 17 year old
      >and just telling my parents "I'm moving to San Francisco. There's a
      >lot of buses there."
      >Cars scare the crap out of me. Here I was sitting in this huge
      >contraption that I was supposed to actually maintain control of and
      >do it in tandem with all those other drivers in their great big metal
      >contraptions. I have a hard enough time keeping up with other humans
      >outside of big contraptions that will smash you up and injure and
      >possibly kill you if they collide with one another. You know, I
      >think road rage actually stems from the driver fear no one really
      >lets themselves believe they have. Most people drive like they can
      >do it in their sleep. They're as overconfident as I am
      >underconfident. But only a few of them are good enough mental
      >multitaskers to drive without latent psychosis slowly smoldering in
      >their brains and bodies over the passing years...or so I think. I
      >might be wrong. I'm not really the sanest or most normal person.
      >But I knew well enough not to drive.
      >And I'm glad. When I think of all the other problems - the oil
      >running out so soon, the huge amounts of personal finances cars
      >devour, and the hideous positive-ion feeling of being in a car
      >(wonder why you get carsick sometimes in a car standing still? That's
      >why...) I can't understand why more people won't look beyond them.
      >God, the money saved alone not buying gas, mechanic services,
      >insurance, parking tickets and other car related crap is reason
      >enough for EVERYONE to go carless.
      >But the best reason is not having to actually spend time in the
      >harrowing and deadly multitasking of driving!When I ride the BART
      >train or Caltrain, I can play with my laptop, listen to music, read,
      >talk or just sit there with my eyes closed dreaming and fantasizing
      >or maKing practical plans of some kind instead of worrying what the
      >asshole in front of me in the red Honda is gonna do next. :-)
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