I spent six and a half hours driving yesterday, to and from a project. It was not possible to use public transport and get there in time on a Monday morning (not without bleeding the project travel budget out on taxis).
Since I very seldom drive for anything like that amount in a month, let alone a day, I just want to record here some very simple thoughts - not so much to do with the small but probably measureable negative contribution I have just made to the condition of the planet, but to do with the fact that this is an utterly ridiculous way to travel. It makes no sense. It's stressful, tiring, anti-social, environmentally-unsustainable and almost completely unproductive. Social capital accumulated? Zero.
I can't do single-tasking, I like to be doing stuff. I can single-task while I brush my teeth, because I have to, but that's about the limit. I find it scary to think that much of our economy seems to depend on millions of people shooting off in vehicles in different directions, not getting anything done while they go.
It was a brilliant project though, featuring drama work with young people looked after, so there was some reward at least for me.