Friday, September 01, 2006
I was lying awake thinking about my comments on the car repair last night. I drive around 10000 miles a year. I learned to drive in 1985 and bought my first car in 1990. It is 2006. I guess for the first 5 years with no car but access to parents' and friends' and hire cars, I probably only drove about 10000, for the next 16 years I drove 160000 plus say 1000 on holiday every year in the hire car. That makes 186000 miles. That makes 23.47 times around the circumference of the Earth! I'm 38 years old and I have driven round the Earth nearly 24 times. The distance between the Earth and the moon is 238857 miles. Five years from now I will have driven the distance between the Earth and the moon! Crazy or cool?! :-)
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If I put on my green hat, it's definitely crazy. It's not like you have any special need to drive as part of your job or anything. All your trips round the Earth have just been a consequence of how our current society is structured. If somebody could come up with the technology to make it possible for 95% of all people to work (or go to school) and shop within walking distance of their home, it would have such a huge impact on the environment! Hmmm, perhaps I should write about this on my blog...
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