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I’m too sexy for my car.

January 14, 2010

I'm too sexy for my car, and we're really all too sexy for Crocs, aren't we?

If the populace could become convinced that it’s sexy to wear oversized plastic sandals in shades of Crayola (Crocs), then I’m confident they can become convinced that it is positively sexy to be car-free. I’ll commence the convincing by drawing attention to these five points:

1. No one has a car in “Sex and the City.”
Did you ever notice how much time Carrie and her friends spend on sidewalks? Sure, they’re semi-fictional characters, so they can afford daily cab rides, but they walk a lot too—with style, grace, and independence. The S&C women may depend on men for their happiness, but not on privately-owned vehicles!

2. I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.
You’ve heard the saying about how if you like yourself, others will like you too? Well, being car-free can make you like yourself a lot. You’ll feel good about your decreased environmental impact, your increased time outdoors, and your more active lifestyle. When others notice your confidence, they’ll be lining up for a dance with you.

3. As noted previously, being car-free can lead to a Tae Bo-caliber butt.
Walking or biking are obviously excellent forms of exercise, but even if you take the bus, the subway, or a cab, you’ll probably wind up burning more calories just by having to go a little farther than your attached garage.

4. Asking for a lift can be a sly way to break the ice with love interests.
After work or an evening out with friends, you can get some alone time with your crush by casually asking for a lift home. Once you’re in the car, a get-acquainted conversation could naturally begin with some info about your car-free life. Be sure to try to repay them in some way, so your first impression isn’t that you’re a car-less mooch.

5. Even Cosmo and Maxim have articles about “going green.”
From Angelina Jolie to Leonardo DiCaprio, tons of sex symbols and celebrities are drawing attention to the green movement, helping to spread the message that it’s cool to reduce, reuse, and recycle. But everyone’s got reusable bags and water bottles. Car-free is cutting-edge.

Did you like those? Keep reading, and I’ll probably come up with more. Or contribute your own point in a comment!

Car-freely,
Amy

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Yuri permalink
    January 20, 2010 7:10 am

    Perhaps I’ve been a little over due for an argumentative message on your blog, so I shall do my best to fix that right now. Yes, women of S&C are car free but alas they live in NYC where, like in Chicago, one can go their whole life without a car unless venturing outside the city. It is exactly at that point, when people realize that owning a car is a necessity. The problem we face today isn’t that our cities are ill equipped for a car free life-style, they aren’t, but it’s that everything outside the major metropolitan areas depends on cars. Our suburbs, while have public transportation, are too sprawling for it to be useful. Our small towns are too far away from major cities and each other for any real public transportation. Having spent over a year in Europe, I can say that it is no better than US when it comes to public transportation. Which is why I’m surprised we view it as an example of the quality public transit should be. Yes, they do have EuroStar and other trains which are better than Amtrack, but within city limits we are no worse off.
    With the largest country roughly the size of Arizona (France) Europe is as congested as New England down to D.C. and out to Ohio. Imagine if the entire US was just that big, how even more congested it would be in that region. The proximity of people would then allow for a much better public transportation system because people would see the benefits as travel would get shorter and faster. For now, this is only true in big metropolis areas. It would reorganize our whole infrastructure on shopping, entertainment, work, farming and so on. But US is not that small and with that, as it is with all other countries larger than our Texas, comes the need for people to travel greater distances which means driving a car.
    Do we have a daily need for a car? No, most residents of urban areas don’t. However, one should probably own a car anyway because you never know when you’ll want to drive outside your own living area. After all, we Americans take pride in the fact that we are by far the most easily movable nation. We are much more at ease when it comes to moving cross four time zones for school, job, or just to get up and leave for a whole new life, knowing that our friends and family are always accessible no matter how far.
    As a final thought, thank you for bringing attention to backseat love, for it is an art form that should never die. Growing up in rural Midwest, where the sky is endless and it’s star showers galore, I think you’d agree with me on the awe of the whole spectacle. While you may argue that one can enjoy a romantic country ride on a bicycle just as well, your fourth point still requires car ownership, albeit not your own. Correct me if I’m wrong but what you’re saying is that your car free life does require others to still have theirs.

    • avaerewyck permalink
      January 21, 2010 2:05 pm

      I’m flattered by the thoughtfulness of your comment, Yuri! You are, of course, correct in a good many of your points.

      Since leaving D.C., I’ve depended quite a bit on the generosity of friends and family members with four wheels. I recognize that cars, if evil at times, are often necessary. However, I’m sure we can all agree that a large percentage of car trips are not 100 percent necessary and could be replaced with another mode of transportation.

      I agree that car-free living isn’t the only solution to our problems of environmental and community degradation. It’s a part of the solution that we can all consider, if not embrace. I don’t wish for the death of the automobile, but I wouldn’t shed a tear if we had a million fewer fleets on the roads. I hold tight to the belief that a more car-free-friendly U.S. of A. is possible. As a nation, we’ve done more difficult things, haven’t we? That whole man-on-the-moon thing maybe?

      As for illicit backseat activities, I shall maintain the position of ultra-professional blog administrator and decline further comment.

  2. Wendy permalink
    February 2, 2010 4:06 pm

    I am finally taking time to read comments on previous posts and I must say, I strongly agree…with both of you.
    Yuri, many of the car-free ideas mentioned on this car-free blog by a car-free person function under the assumption that somebody has a car to truck said car-free person around. Curious.
    I agree with Amy that big strides towards bike and pedestrian friendlier societies would benefit the US and we should not give up the quest for improvement.
    I have lived in Germany for almost 3 years now. I have found that most places I have visited in Europe are definitely more bike and pedestrian friendly, even if the streets are congested with cars.

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