A few years ago, I barely drove at all.
It’s hard to think about because these days I feel like I climb in the car every 5 minutes.
I can’t go anywhere in this city without utilizing a vehicle. It isn’t safe to walk, nor is the city infrastructure set up properly for pedestrians. As such, I’m continually trapped in my car these days, battling traffic to get five miles down the road. It’s not my favorite activity to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic and watch the minutes tick by. However, at least when I’m stuck sitting there I have plenty of high-quality indoor air equipment at my disposal to moderate my surroundings. I can be fairly comfortable while I’m sitting in a claustrophobic traffic hell. This is completely different than a few years ago when I walked everywhere. At that time, I was exposed to the elements several times a day and had no control over the climate or air quality around me. It was particularly difficult in the depths of summertime when I would walk to class and to work every day. I would wake up and jump in the shower, leaving before my hair dried so I had some extra cooling power on my side. By the time I would get halfway down the block, I would be sweating. The summer sun was always pounding directly on my shoulders and the air borne humidity seemed to hover around 80%. By the time I would get to work, I was drenched in sweat and red in the face. Then, I would sit in brutally cold air conditioning for the next 8 hours or more. I usually dawdled until the sun set before attempting to walk back home, that way there was a chance it would be less sweaty.