Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Craziest Waste of Gas Imaginable!!

I had to do a double take when I saw this example of American laziness!!

I was driving to work yesterday morning and, unfortunately, following a school bus. It was a glorious September morning in Oregon, read 60*, bright blue skies, and just plain nice out.

My drive takes me through a rural area where the driveways are about 400 - 500 feet long. The bus was stopping periodically at driveways, and I was kind of zoning out...when all of the sudden I noticed a child get out of a car that was parked at the end of the driveway and get onto the bus. Once she was safely on her way the mom backed the car up the long driveway...

Keep in mind how nice the weather was...and gas prices etc...

I like to give people the benefit of the doubt so I told myself maybe she had a broken leg or something so she had to drive down her driveway.

Fast forward about half a mile later - when the exact same thing played itself out in front of my very eyes.

I don't get it! It was so nice out. It will start raining soon and any opportunity to walk with your child will be gone.

Both sets of parents never got out of their cars nor did they even have the windows down...they were sitting there in their closed up, idling cars in the sunshine waiting for a bus.

Is it just me, or is there something desperately wrong with this picture?


MeadowLark said...

Sigh. For such a "forward thinking state" you'd think... well, you'd think they'd do something different. But perhaps that's only when they're at their club meetings and dinners with friends. And that's when they talk about how they're recycling and even planted a tomato on their darling patio.

I sound crabby. Sorry.

Heather said...

I saw it again today!

Just think what these parents are teaching their children...walking bad, wasting fossil fuels GOOD!!

I also had a cranky moment when I visualized them driving to their mailbox to pick up the mail!

Anyways - it's kind of judgemental of me and I have no idea the circumstances around their lives...

But it does seem odd somehow!!!