|Water water everywhere!
||[Oct. 30th, 2012|04:43 pm]
うさ-p: It got all pruny in the brain water.
I had the past two days off from work since the MTA shut down NYC's public transit system due to Hurricane Sandy. I never learned to drive because it never seemed necessary. We mostly didn't have a car when I was a kid. Sometimes we did, either my mom, or my dad, but never at the same time and it usually went like this:
Without a car: "It would be really nice to not have to wait in the cold and the rain and snow all the time for several buses or not to have to wait for three trains to get someplace in 2 hours that we could drive to in 45 minutes. But at least we can still get there."
First days with a car: "Wow, look at how convenient this is! We can just go anywhere at any time so easily! It's so nice to just go from point A to point B in comfort and warmth.
Second week with a car: "Argh, just take the train. We are not taking the car because we drove around for 45 minutes to get that spot 4blocks from here and there's alternate side tomorrow." or "You know the car doesn't start when it's cold out/raining/has to stop at red lights. (Every car we ever owned fell in this category and came complete with funny anecdotes about stormy nights)."
First days after getting rid of the car: "Ah, it's so much better not having to worry about parking and tolls and insurance and alternate side parking and tickets and feeding the meter. Trains and buses go everywhere 24 hours a day, what do we need a car for?"
But all I have now are my two feet to get to work and it's very weird to be limited this way. In my youth I used to occasionally speed walk this trip in about 2 hours when I got tired of waiting for the bus home after school, but my speed walking is not as efficient nowadays and it would probably take another 20-30 minutes.
Hurricane damage to my area was minimal because I'm in the center of Brooklyn with one of the highest elevations. My family by the shore are waterlogged.