Monday, January 18, 2010

Top 10 reasons to not drive a car

One thing that I like most of the time about our time in Europe is the fact that we don't have a car. Sometimes things are not as convenient as they would be if we did have a car, but for the most part, I would like to use cars less once we live in the States again. We'll see if that works out, as it is so inconvenient in the States to not have a car (hardly any sidewalks, poor public transportation, and everything is so spread out)...but here are 10 things that I like about not having a car (that I hopefully will remember in the future).

10. Apparently gas isn't cheap
9. Bikes are fun (both the kind with pedals, and the scooter type)
8. Cars break down *
7. Environmentally friendly
6. More fresh air
5. Walking = free exercise
4. Cars are treated as status symbols, and not as pure utility
3. Insurance costs money, as does not having insurance
2. This could happen.

Flat tire, northern Wisconsin, summer 2009

1. This could happen.

Manhole in the windshield. Klaipeda, Lithuania. Winter, 2009. Not our car.

*but when ours breaks down, we get to go visit Uncle Greg and Aunt Linda


Eva Joy said...

I might argue that your counterpoint for #8 makes your whole list moot. I would own a car soley for the purpose of having an excuse to see Uncle Greg and Aunt Linda. :)

Anonymous said...

Please don't wait for car trouble to come and visit us! You are welcome anytime! With much love, Uncle Greg & Aunt Linda

Laura said...

We won't wait for car trouble (although a lot of times it just finds us) to come visit :) Glad you were able to comment.

We might need a car just to make the trip to Iowa (don't know much about how buses work in the states).

Warren MacLeod said...

My curiosity will not let me rest. How on EARTH did a manhole cover get on that car's windshield?

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Laura said...

we have no idea! it was right outside our apartment window....happened in the middle of the night/early morning. Steve had to take pictures for the little report he wrote up about it. it was quite heavy, took two people to remove it!

Laura said...

in steve's words: "it was probably just some local idiots."

so there you have it. that's how it happened ;)

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