Dang, I’m a wordy fella, aren’t I? My previous post could have been summed up as: “Here’s an intersection that’s covered in sand. I hate it but I still go through it.” Instead, I wrote almost 1,000 words on it. Maybe I should have been a journalist. Anyhoo…
Sunday evening I was listening to Marketplace Money on the local Public Radio station. It’s on at 7PM on Sundays, usually just in time for me to do some dishes while listening. I’ve become a big fan of the show. (Again with the wordiness! Just get to the point!) OK OK! One particular story caught my ear – “Teens Getting Behind the Wheel Less.” It’s not one of those NY Times fake trend stories, teens are actually driving less. In 1978, 75% of 17 year olds had a driver’s license. In 2008, that was down to 50%. The biggest drop happened in the 90’s evidently. My first reaction to this story was, “what the hell is wrong with these kids?” Of course, then I remembered that I now actively advocate for people to drive less. In fact, Spouse didn’t get a driver’s license until her mid-20’s. I, on the other hand, got my learner’s permit on my 15th birthday, and my license on my 16th.
On NPR this morning, there was a brief blurb about the cars with the highest and lowest theft rates.
Highest: Cadillac Escalade
Lowest: Volvo S80.
Upon hearing that the Volvo was the least likely to be stolen, half of NPR’s audience breathed a smug sigh of relief.
Slate.com has the eerie ability to publish stories just as I’m thinking about a particular issue. Tom Vanderbilt (author of the book most often mentioned on this blog, “Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do.”) recently wrote an article entitled, “Dude, Where’s Your Car? How not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser.” Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day, Mark Wahlberg in I Heart Huckabees, Napoleon Dynamite, Pee-Wee, et cetera. Both the Marketplace piece and the Slate piece both reference Clueless, oddly enough. Marketplace to illustrate teen driving, Slate to illustrate that only weirdos don’t drive. I love media coincidences like that.
In other news, Tom Vanderbilt has a blog. Looks like I’ve lost the rest of my evening.
Except that I have to dole out one more teaser picture of my new road bike:
The “double” in “Cateye Strada Double Wireless” is because it transmits both speed and cadence. I’m not really sure what I want to do with the cadence information, but I figured I’d spring for it now in case I want it later.