Commuting

What’s your commute like?

Mine is rather predictable. It takes about 20 minutes and that is when it is busy. I can usually get to the office in 15. I only use back or local roads, never having to adventure on 495 or 270.

I carpool with BozoBoy, we work about 2 miles apart, which is great. We enjoy the time together. And as crazy as our schedules get we still manage to survive with only 1 MINI (;~)) car. We’ve been a 1-car family for the last 2 years but this is nothing new. In the past 11 years we have been a 2-car family only a total of 3.5 years. We don’t set out to be a 1-car family, just seems to end up that way and I have to admit it works well for us. I don’t have a hybrid and yes our car could be classified as a sports car…but with only 21,000 miles over 3.5 years and fill-ups occurring only once every 2 weeks I think we are doing the right thing for us. If we have kids we may have to rethink our car choice…but I wonder since folks overseas seem to manage in small vehicles.

Mini

I love my car! But on our recent vacation I fell in love with a new car…a BMW 1 Series. I know nothing about it but I loved the look of it. If we did buy another car I would consider this. Pity it isn’t coming to the states.

BMW 1 Series

Rude People

I have a cold starting and so I head over to CVS. As I am waiting in line a queue of 4 people forms behind me. Only 1 lane is open. The cashier runs out of cash and calls to the back for the manager to come up. The male specimen at the end of the line shouts, “DAMN, they only got 1 register open. These people sure aren’t overworking themselves.” I get to the counter and he has the NERVE to come up and reaches down to get some candy from in front of the counter. But he is entering my 18 meters and I’m about to introduce him to my knee. I start getting twitchy like that when you get too close to my neither regions.  I give him the look of death he steps back to the end of the line.

Here is what I didn’t say to you because I am polite but “DUMB A**, say excuse me and I will be happy to move! Or just wait your damn turn until they get to you. I know that it would have been nice to have more people at the register but come’on you too old to not have the simple manners down.”

I have become one of those people that if I hold the door for you and you don’t say thank you…I will let you know.

Green Computers, somebody is studying this?

When I glanced at this report I was disappointed that Apple fell towards the bottom. I love Apple products.
Some of my Apple goodies
I started contemplating how information like this may or may not influence my shopping decisions. For the most part, I would say they haven’t had much impact. I try to develop my own opinions about a retailer. I make decisions based on my own needs. My criteria usually depends on if I like what I am getting, they have good quality products, and are reasonably priced.

So, if I am not an easily influenced consumer, what does this say about me? All the other “good environmental” things I do, are they still valuable or worth it? Gosh I hope so. I will still do them. But asking me to apply pressure by choosing to opt-out of patronizing certain businesses…I am not sure I am yet that committed to the cause. These types of issues just don’t seem as black and white and clear cut as that.