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Old 04-27-05, 07:11 AM
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UPDATE:Curiouser observation at my son's school

As I said in an earlier post, I watched one day as a boy who lives across from my son's school got on the bus at the back of the school, was driven around to the front of the school and was dropped off. Today when I dropped my son off I noticed a van in the same driveway. As I watched, the boy got out of the van, got on the bus, the bus then turned directly into the school driveway and drove around to the back. The van then drove back to the house and the lady driving walked back inside. It was not raining, the sun was shining and it was about 50 degrees. Also the house sits less than 100' off the road. It just seems strange to me.
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Old 04-27-05, 07:33 AM
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That is definately strange.

As I posted before, I thought that the child may be handicapped in some way...but that doesn't make sense in this case, since the school bus is involved.
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Old 04-27-05, 08:32 AM
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I noticed something similar on my commute to work the other morning; I was coming up behind a grocery store that I frequent. Anyway right behind the grocery store is a row of houses. In the front yard of one of the houses, I noticed a lady that worked in the grocery store getting into her car to DRIVE to work (or so I assumed since she had on her uniform). It couldn't have been more than a hundred yards. The weather was also beautiful.

Maybe her feet hurt after standing all day and she didn't want to walk home after a long day's work. I'm trying not to be so judgemental but damn (maybe she had an errand to run before going to work or something?). You'd think that a short walk home would be just what the doctor ordered.

I just know so many lazy people, I guess it's easy to jump to conclusions. It's as if people feel compelled to drive their car if they get more than fifteen feet from the sofa. Perhaps that kid you mentioned was a fire-bug and couldn't be trusted to be out of an adult's immediate supervision. Kids are even crazier these days it seems.

What am I talking about? I think the office walls are closing in on me or something.
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Old 04-27-05, 09:32 AM
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I'm currently working on the road. Last night I was mildly berated by my coworker because I wanted to walk to dinner (about three hundred yards from the hotel).
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Old 04-27-05, 09:51 AM
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another thing that always strikes me as odd: i live in new york city, and people actually do walk quite a bit here. it's not uncommon to walk a couple of miles a day.

however, once you go outside of the city - that same distance becomes unthinkable to walk. my GF visited some friends out of town and she called me and said she was waiting for a ride to the train station to get back in the city. it's a 3/4 mile walk, which she does all the time in the city. so, she waited nearly an hour for her friend to drive her less than a mile! didn't make any sense.
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Old 04-27-05, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
another thing that always strikes me as odd: i live in new york city, and people actually do walk quite a bit here. it's not uncommon to walk a couple of miles a day.

however, once you go outside of the city - that same distance becomes unthinkable to walk. my GF visited some friends out of town and she called me and said she was waiting for a ride to the train station to get back in the city. it's a 3/4 mile walk, which she does all the time in the city. so, she waited nearly an hour for her friend to drive her less than a mile! didn't make any sense.
It's the exact same thing here. My gf goes on these walks with her mom to rent a movie or just go walking around the stores, and it's like a 2-3 mile walk and they're fine.
But once out in NJ, anything more than 5-10 minutes seems far.
I think what it is is, in the city, there's just a lot more stuff to see and it really helps make time go by quicker. The same walk becomes monotonous outside the city.
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Or you look poor and homeless. Remove "Image" from the equation, and you'd see some changes.

(Not assuming anything about present company, just an observation - my co-workers all believe I have a suspended license from DUI, because I ride a bike to work.)
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I see couples that live together all the time, Drive to the gym ten minutes apart (in huge SUV). Just to leave go home and shower, Then off to work! It just boggles my mind?

They are the first to ***** about gas too! HELLO!
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Originally Posted by bikejunkie
As I said in an earlier post, I watched one day as a boy who lives across from my son's school got on the bus at the back of the school, was driven around to the front of the school and was dropped off. Today when I dropped my son off I noticed a van in the same driveway. As I watched, the boy got out of the van, got on the bus, the bus then turned directly into the school driveway and drove around to the back. The van then drove back to the house and the lady driving walked back inside. It was not raining, the sun was shining and it was about 50 degrees. Also the house sits less than 100' off the road. It just seems strange to me.

Seems like laziness to me. How fat was the kid?

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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Seems like laziness to me. How fat was the kid?

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The boy was not overweight and as far as I could see neither was the Mom.
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Perhaps both the mom and the kid have weak knees and/or suck at life?
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Old 04-27-05, 02:10 PM
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I used to work with a woman who lived about 150 yards from our office. She drove her car to work everyday, rain or shine. She had no disabilities and was in perfect health. It was pure laziness.
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This all shows that the gas price in the US is around 1/10 of what it should be.
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Originally Posted by bikejunkie
The boy was not overweight and as far as I could see neither was the Mom.

Maybe they have diabetes then. But even people with diabetes can walk that far.

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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Maybe they have diabetes then. But even people with diabetes can walk that far.

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Exercise is essential for people with diabetes.
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parent is prolly just overprotective.
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Exercise is essential for people with diabetes.

Yes, it helps them control blood glucose levels by reducing it with regular exercise.

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Originally Posted by catatonic
parent is prolly just overprotective.
Thats some major over-protection right there.

I mean, I thought my mom was being overprotective when she wouldn't let me ride my bike to my grandparents house(my grandparents live in downtown, not the best area).
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Probably just messed up. I hate to be judgemental, but that's lame.

I personally don't get it. For anything under a mile, I prefer to walk unless I'm in a hurry. The only time I can think that I've actually regretted it was the day milk was on sale for dirt cheap and I ended up carrying 4 gallons home. That was painful.

In contrast, there was a guy who lived in the same dorm as me who would drive about 400 yards to the cafeteria. The funny thing is, the way the roads on campus are, it would've been about 100 yards if he walked.
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Originally Posted by iamlucky13
The funny thing is, the way the roads on campus are, it would've been about 100 yards if he walked.
That's like, the lenght of a FOOTBALL FIELD! Did you think he was on a athletic scholarship or something?

This is why Americans are seen as fat complacent decadent slobs.
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yep. laziness!

a few years ago i lived in Houston and there was a pool hall about 60-80 yards away ON MY STREET. quite often friends would come first to my house and then we would go to the pool hall. naturally i always suggested walking (and walked) but virtually ALL of my friends would always want to drive - and of course each with his own car - often all-together 4-6 cars would be driven to the the pool hall!!! main reason: "well, yeah, it may be close, but when i leave i'd have to walk back"!! and they were serious and these were intelligent, well-educated friends of mine. i was always shocked! i would walk and be there 3-5 minutes earlier as they would have to park and lock up and whatever. insane!

as an aside: Germany is in some ways much better and far more people walk or bike (kind of like NYC i guess). but out of the city where the inconvenience of driving (traffic, parking, etc) is removed, it's still insane. my girlfriend worked at a hospital outside Munich where they have rooms for the staff. this one DOCTOR (who was also extremely overweight) would stay in this room and DRIVE about 150 yards to the hospital - through an incredible beautiful garden that is what many people DREAM about - being able to walk through a green garden with mountains in the background... insane. apparent reasoning was that she was always so tired from working... (but as i said she obviously didn't get enough exercise from her obesity- and i find it even more appalling that this is a doctor who should really _know_ better)
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Originally Posted by nick burns
I used to work with a woman who lived about 150 yards from our office. She drove her car to work everyday, rain or shine. She had no disabilities and was in perfect health. It was pure laziness.
Did she warm her car up before leaving home/work?
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I used to live next door to this fatbrick of a man, his best friend lived three houses down the road, and he would drive there. I also remember certain parents driving their kids to the bus-stop and waiting in the car with them until the bus arrived, even though the bus stop was less than a quarter mile from their houses.
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Originally Posted by forum*rider
Thats some major over-protection right there.

I mean, I thought my mom was being overprotective when she wouldn't let me ride my bike to my grandparents house(my grandparents live in downtown, not the best area).

geez...my mom was totally un-protective. She made us walk to school which was about a mile and a half. I was in 5th grade, my brother was in 4th. Times were different then though...not as much to worry about. And when I was in high school...if I didn't shag by butt out of bed in time to catch the bus...yup...had to walk. That was 3.2 miles. After two days in a row of walking to school with my loaded back pack I learned real quick to get up a little earlier!
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I've seen some extremely over protective parents...actually to the point of actually being more harmful to thier kids than anyhting else.
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