Sunday, July 30, 2006

I just read a crazy newspaper article that talked about a guy in California that drives three and a half hours to work. Yes, I do mean three and a half hours each way. How this guy does it, I have no idea, that would be physically exhausting for me. Apparently, he doesn't mind the long commute, he says it is actually exhilerating... that is cool I guess. He has to wake up at 4:30 every morning and he comes home around 8:30. He has no problem with this at all, but for most people in America, commuting to and from work just flat out stinks. The average commute time is 25 minutes or so, but lots of people drive way more than that. I can't even stand driving to Harris Teeter from my apartment near campus. Traffic in Boone pisses me off. But going back to these crazy commuters, as people get more fed up with traffic and soaring gas prices, will they still commute?
What can we do to fix this problem. Why can't we make it so everyone can just walk to work. That would be so great. The problem is, most people are still set on living in the suburbs and raising a family. So roads are made larger and wider and longer. The answer is simple, instead of expand like we like to do so much, we should condense and become compact. Right now, bigger is better, but smaller is cooler. Why do americans have to have so much personal space? We need to accept the fact that we are sociable beings and we like to be close together, whether we like it or not. Have you ever noticed how people like to travel in groups, even when they are in cars. The answer to rid ourselves of the dreaded commute is not in working from home and becoming hermits to society, but we should embrace our sociable nature and lose the mind set of personal space, no normal sized family really needs a five bedroom house or an eight passenger minivan, these are luxuries, and people should understand that luxuries come with a price to pay. Waste and pollution. If we stop expanding and start condensing, we could really clean this place up.

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