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“What can I do, I have to drive”

by Moe

I’m sick and tired of hearing this on the news.

There they are, reporters standing at the gas station asking people who are fueling up what they think about gas prices. “Prices are outrageous, but what can I do, I have to drive”. Mmm, do you think that there is an oil executive laughing his ass off when he listens to this?? I think that the Media is not helping either. They love to talk to Hybrid Car owners, talk about ‘alternative’ fuels and talk to mass transportation commuters (It’s Los Angeles, mass transportation sucks). So I decided to email a few Media outlets about the REAL solution; riding our bikes to work. I’ve gotten one response, they were ‘congratulating’ me for such a ‘noble’ deed. HA!
I also heard that if we consume 3% less fuel, gas prices will crash. Some of their tips were: Check your tire inflation, change your oil, drive the speed limit, blah blah blah. Again, no real solutions.

Since I’m ranting, I’m also tired of listening to some people that I work with telling my that I must be crazy for riding 20 miles roundtrip on my bike. Seriously, who is really crazy here? Paying $3.00 bucks per gallon to fuel up your big ass SUV???

I believe that I’m doing my part, but hey, I’m just crazy and need to “get off my meds”.

 
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7 Responses to ““What can I do, I have to drive””

  1. Nick says:

    We have got to be the laziest society in the history of humankind! If you are so out of shape that you can’t bike 20 miles per day, there is something wrong with you. Look at yourself: whether you believe in divine creation or evolution, it took a lot of work to build a machine as efficient and capable as the human body, and what are you doing with it? Watching sitcoms? Wolfing down Mallomars?

    I’m flirting with fascism here, but I’m on a rampage, so what the heck: if this country were in my hands, I’d institute a mandatory national fitness test twice a year. Anyone who fails has their driver’s license revoked and is provided with a complimentary government bicycle and a comfortable pair of shoes. When people are fit enough that they can get around by bike and foot, only then do they regain the privilege of driving a car. If they still want to use it to get everywhere, they have earned that right. At least until the next fitness test.

  2. Randy says:

    Hey Nick, have you ever been in the military?

  3. Nick says:

    No, R, but I know you have, and I expect they’re even less tolerant of physical incapability than I am. What’s your take?

  4. Moe says:

    Mexico City grounds half of the cars on certain days of the week to curb polution, maybe a program like that can work as well. Half of the cars grounded means people have to resort to other ways of transportation or at least carpooling. My take on physical ability is a different one: I believe that if you are a recreational rider, work decent hours, you don’t drive your vehicle for work purposes and your commute is less than 20 miles, THERE IS NO EXCUSE.

  5. Randy says:

    It’s been recorded that China has the most bicycle commuters in the world. The way I figure is, a million Chinese people can’t be wrong. (Have you ever seen a fat Chinese person? The only ones that I’ve seen are the ones who’ve lived their lives Super Sized here in the States.)

  6. Nick says:

    It looks like America is going to have to decide between my Fascist Nicktatorship or Randy’s Communist China. Either way… you’re getting a bicycle.

  7. Moe says:

    Here’s the interesting part: According to the news, one of the reasons why oil prices are going up is because of China is being more dependent on oil, therefore the demand for oil is higher and we are getting screwed. Does it make sense? Not after a few beers!!!

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