Thursday, March 20, 2008


I pride myself on being maniacally disturbingly admirably efficient. (Thanks, OCD!)

At school, I carefully plan copying & printing tasks and visits to other classrooms to maximize my time (and, of course, to avoid climbing two beastly flights of stairs more than once a day).

When running errands in the car, I work out routes so I can do everything in a loop, making as many right hand turns as possible. And though it was a Godsend to find drive-through anything when my kids were small and required multiple bucklings & unbucklings when getting in & out, now I try to limit idling situations.

Why? Mainly because I enjoy breathing.

A recent Ideal Bite tip reinforced what my non-sciencey brain thought was true (sometimes we English majors make up shit like this to seem smarter about something other than grammar or Faulkner) - idling cars emit loads of pollution and waste gas; I'm not cool with either of those things.

We've been having issues with our elementary school parking lot for years. Parents lining up along the curb to wait for their kids a) make it hard for wee ones to see actual moving cars in the parking lot and b) usually leave the motor running while they sit there. And I'm not quite clear on the b part because, what? You have to be ready for a quick getaway? Did your kid rob the place?

Despite my legendary aversion to exercise, I am perfectly willing to park my car and walk to the school for the kids because again, I enjoy breathing, and also? I actually like to see other parents and have a little conversation while we wait. And it's refreshing (literally) to know I'm not the only one who can take some time and give the environment a break.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I see this all the time with parked cars at my college campus. I assume it is so they can keep the a.c. running.

I also do my errands in a big loop; frequently my neighbor and I go together since we hit the same stores each week.

Yay for breathing!

CamiKaos said...

I hate the idlers in front of the school!!!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

I was just going to write what Jenn did, for the A/C, and the A/C must be running because all that Starbucks coffee makes me feel warm, uh, I mean makes them feel warm.

Seriously, we have the same issue at Laura's school. I park across the street and walk over. So much more peaceful and conducive to chatting with the moms not in cars with engines running.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Don't even get me started on the pick up line at school!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Guilty as charged yesterday. It wasn't efficient, not at all.

(I had to remind my kids that I would not be coming in in all my flu-ey glory, when I picked them up today. I knew if I parked, they'd never see me through the ocean of idlers.)

I hate our parking lot, period. In the mornings, folks drive like mad, zooming out of there. Crazy.

Restless Ink said...

you're a good woman. but you gotta admit, drive-thru-everythings are da bomb.

idling cars in front of schools = lazy parenting.

Moxy Jane said...

Hey, here's another reason to add to my "Why Do I Homeschool?" list! To not pollute the air with my crazy idling car stink!

Actually, this is something I do care about. I have walked up to idling vehicles and asked the driver to please TURN OFF THEIR DAMN STINKING CITY UTILITIES TRUCK. I don't know how Austin can toot such a green horn when ALL of their city vehicles burn diesel and are left idling every time they go on a run. PEE-YOO!

katydidnot said...

i re-read the first part of this post a few times, just because i cannot relate to this efficiency stuff. teach me, grasshopper. or is the grasshopper the student? idk.


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