Actually, the local news is calling is “gas crisis day 18”. I have a ton of opinions about politics and everything that has been going on lately, but I really don’t feel that this is the place for those rants. I know that not everyone feels the same way that I do and I would never want to discourage anyone from coming here and learning more about me and my small company.
However, there is something that I must get off my chest. We have no gas here in Atlanta. Okay, there is some, but ever since that hurricane (which shall remain nameless) hit the coast of Texas, we have had very little gas. I am not mad at the hurricane and I am not mad that the refineries had to shut down for the mandatory evacuation and that they are pumping at less than full speed. I am not mad at anyone involved in bringing the gas to this city because I trust that they are doing everything they can, I mean they don’t get paid if the gas doesn’t get pumped right?
I am upset that the 5.2 million people that live in Atlanta and it’s surrounding areas can’t see what this “crisis” is trying to show us. Oil is bad, it pollutes, it’s expensive and now it takes an hour or two in line to get some for your car. What are we doing solve this problem? Really nothing. Most people are just waiting around for more gas to come. Waiting in line at the gas station, fighting with the other patrons because they cut the line.
No one is calling for more conservation. No one has put a limit on how much gas can be purchased at one time. No one has been canceling events. I think a “crisis” like this can show us how we can begin to change.
I moved to the lovely city of Decatur a few years ago. It is a small municipality within the city limits of Atlanta. It has the cutest square punctuated by a marble courthouse. I live about one quarter of a mile from the square that has almost everything you need. Grocery store, coffee shops, bars, restaurants, drugstore, post office, boutiques, churches, and a Marta station. One of the reasons I moved so close to the square is so that I could not only walk to all the amenities there, but also have access to Marta. I used to walk to the square all the time. I was so happy with my newfound neighborhood and how pedestrian friendly it was. And then I got lazy and I stopped walking so much. I work from home and therefore do not have places I have to be everyday. I have a few constant errands like the post office and Office Depot, but that’s about it.
The other day I decided to figure out if I could stop driving or cut down my car usage dramatically. One, because of gas and two, it has been a long time since I have worked out with consistency. So, the post office is within walking distance (2.5 miles round trip) and I can pick up my coffee on the way and grab groceries for dinner on the way back. And the Office Depot? I can get there by walking to the square and hopping on the Marta. Plus, there are many shops within the same shopping center like Target, Lowe’s, and Best Buy.
So what have I learned from all this? I should be walking for my health and shouldn’t be wasting my money on gas that I don’t need.
Now I know that many people and Atlantans cannot do what I am doing. I know that many people have to drive to work and such, but I do think that we could all try to cut down on our car/gas usage and exercise more at the same time. It just sounds like a win/win solution to me.
I”m sorry for no picture today and I hope I haven’t ranted for too long. I’ll be back tomorrow with some new stuff, maybe even a calendar.