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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time, distance and money
I've noticed that the way people refer to distance has changed. Ever ask how far some place was and get an answer in time?
“It's about an hour away.”
Of course they are assuming that if you take the direct route, drive the speed limit, and experience no other delays, it takes about an hour.
Maybe someone will say something is a 15 minute walk away.
It's pretty normal to tie time and distance together. After all, we have light years right? The distance light travels in a year.
Lately I've been hearing distance referred to in money terms. A guy came up from town to cut the grass at the family camp.
“It cost's me fifteen dollars to get here.”
People say things like, “It costs me eleven dollars to get back and forth to work each day.
There seems to be an acute awareness on exactly how much it costs to go places. The days of easy motoring are gone. When budgets are tight, it matters. If people are hyper aware of the cost of travel now, what will happen when gas and diesel take another big jump?
As for my own self, distance is in terms of jugs of veggie oil. How may jugs of veggie will it take to go to the coast and back? Then I fill the vehicle auxiliary tank and load jugs in the back of the van. Maybe I'll throw in one or two more for insurance.
One thing that has happened since people started thinking of distance in terms of dollars. I get a lot fewer visitors at my place in the woods. People are limiting trips to the bare essentials.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.