Well, as many of you might know, I do not currently have a car at my disposal in Oxford. So thus far, here are the top 10 reasons not to have a car in Oxford (in no particular order)
- Every day is “Bike to Work Day”!
- Because everyone should experience grocery shopping on foot at least once. Walking over a mile to Kroger, buying only what can fit in a backpack, and then walking back is so much fun! And no, this backpack is not to steal things/hide illicit items; I’m totally just going to class…at 7 PM.
- More time to think about nothing in particular- the best routes to take to class, admiring the Miami scenery, trying to avoid the day drinkers drunkenly hitting footballs at you with golf clubs…
- I can more fully appreciate everything within walking distance of campus- it’s not like I would want to go anywhere besides Oxford!
- Additional exercise- this one is actually serious, since my physical activity level is slim to none at this point. If I had a pedometer though (what is the point of those things anyway?) it would be blowin’ up all day err day.
- Not having to pay for gas. Screw $3.79 per gallon; I’m fueled by ATP!
- Not getting stuck in traffic. I’m trying to imagine “traffic updates” for the city of Oxford, like you hear on the radio for major cities. Kind of drawing a blank. “There’s a horde of drunken sorority girls blocking traffic on High Street”? “Use caution when approaching major roads out of Oxford: everyone is leaving”? Or the classic, “Slow-moving tractors blocking a major roadway; expect delays”
- Planning ahead every time I leave the house- because everyone loves leaving for work 30 minutes early.
- Becoming very familiar with the Google Maps walking directions tool.
- No parking tickets. And after just yesterday seeing a cop writing a ticket on Tallawanda and then a booted car next to King Library, I am kind of glad for that!
Originally, that was supposed to be persuasive/sarcastic so that I could guilt trip my way into getting a car here somehow, but I feel like it actually ended up positive (?). Maybe being a perpetual pedestrian/cyclist/runner is not so bad for now. Hey, if anything, I am experiencing the small town life to its fullest. Living like people used to live, before the age of everyone owning a car and Miami ticketing everything that moves.
Maybe I should look into some car alternatives:Or I could just multi-task and try running everywhere. If it worked for the Kenyans, it could work for me?