People say the darnedest things.
It’s not just kids. Grown-ups are arsenals for jaw-dropping quips too. There’s that caller on Ellen who said the line about Jesus and drinking. Slate has a running column on the ridiculous things Vice President Biden has said. And the other day someone said to me, “I think tooth brushing is a conspiracy created by dentists.”
Unsurprisingly then, when I tell people I’m car-free, they blurt out some real gems:
- Then how’d you get here?
- Oh, you have an SUV?
- I took the bus once when I was in London
- I love my car.
- How do you get to Target?
Here are some more things people have said upon learning that I don’t have a car:
- By choice?
- Do you miss having a car?
- That must save you a lot of money.
- Good for you, but I could never do that.
- When are you buying a new one?
Here are some things people rarely, if ever, say when I tell them I don’t have a car:
- Me neither.
- Gee, that sounds easy.
- What informed your decision to become car-free?
- Can I get a ride?
Here are some things I wish people would say when I tell them I’m car-free:
- What a great idea.
- How can I do that?
Here are some things famous people have said that relate, if loosely, to the car-free life:
- “When you don’t drive, people always assume [your license] was taken away.” – David Sedaris
- “We did 13 press events in one day and I never used a car until the very last one.” – Ed Begley, Jr.
- “I didn’t like [my Porsche] because it was bad for the environment. My dad surprised me last night with a black Prius.” – Miley Cyrus
- “We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?” – Lee Iacocca
What do people say when they hear you’re car-free? Or what do you say about car-free people? What should we be saying about being car-free? Go ahead—say it.