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Time for another driving update.

This evening, Yuki the Kia* reached a major milestone when her odometer turned over 210,000 miles.** That means it's time for another driving update to see if I'm still doing my part in driving less.

The last time Yuki's odometer turned over was on June 20, 2011, when she passed 209,000 miles. That was exactly 100 days ago, which means I've driven an average of exactly 10 miles per day. Expressed in months using 30.5 days/month, that's 305 miles/month. That's not as low as the 300 miles/month I averaged at the last update, but it's still less than the 308 miles/month I averaged between December and March. I'm still doing my part to keep the number of miles driven by Americans down, as shown by the following graph from Calculated Risk, which came out late last week.



I don't expect to keep my miles driven this low between now and December, as I have at least two meetings each month that I have make special drives for and the weather will be getting colder, which means I'm more likely to drive the three-quarters of a mile to the nearest grocery store instead of walking there, something I've insisted on doing whenever I have the opportunity, much to my wife's amazement.

I told you I was in a mood to blog about driving tonight. Now you know why.

*I still have to explain that name. At least the Return theme presents me an opening to do so.

**It's important because the last car I owned, Molly the Nissan, died from blowing all nearly all her seals just after she passed 210,000 miles. I hope this car lasts longer.

Originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

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Back in June, I described how I'm not a fan of driving.
I've already seen the light of how urban living can be a good thing, so I am one of those people who already lives close to a downtown and walks to the store. Six years ago, I drove 48,000 miles a year. Now I drive less than 10,000. I'm much happier driving much less.
...I've been walking to Friday meetings at the nearest worksite, which is a mile and a half away, as well as walking to the grocery store, which is half that distance.
I returned to all of the above yesterday when I posted the following status update to Facebook.
Time to walk to work. I love living only a mile and a half from one of my worksites.
This prompted my wife and two of my friends to express their envy and share their commuting horror stories. All of them hated commuting. My friends wished they didn't have to drive so much for work. My wife was relieved that she didn't have to commute any more. I expanded on how I've been reducing my commute for the past five years.
From 2000-2004, I regularly put 40,000 miles on my car. In 2005, I began driving 1000 miles a week when school was in session to three different colleges and a tutoring service. Then on the weekends, I'd judge marching bands or cover drum and bugle corps shows. From May 2005 to May 2006, I drove 48,000 miles. That was the year I put my house up for sale, stopped seeing my long-distance girlfriend, and eventually sold my house. In June, I moved to the middle of my jobs and cut my driving down to 700 miles a week. Then I changed one of my jobsites and cut it down to 500 miles a week. Then I got a full-time job and quit my part-time jobs and dropped to 300 miles a week. Finally, we moved and I now drive 70 miles a week. I'm so close to work I could ride a bike on a good day.
Yes, the goal for next year is still to buy a couple of bikes. I'll probably pedal to work the two days a week I finish before sunset, which will reduce my driving even more.

As for today's walk to work and back, I thought it was wonderful. I love my walkable neighborhood.

Originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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Posted this to LJ first and forgot to post it here for the crosspost.  Yes, I really am sleepy.


From my email.
September's theme for daily blogging: RETURN. Returning -- or turning again -- is about reflection, about going backwards, about revisiting a spot or memory. Sometimes people think that it can be a negative thing to live too much in the past, drowning in nostalgia. But a lot can be learned by mentally returning to a moment, replaying what happened in your mind, especially if lessons are learned in the process.
Not only do I have reminiscences that fit sustainability themes,* but I have lots of old business that I promised to return to later that I haven't gotten around to yet.

For starters, I laid out an ambitious agenda in Nablopomo for August: Fiction, of which I finished 10%. I blame my following the shiny objects of the Satan Sandwich and Woodward Dream Cruise for that. Dream Cruise is over for the year, but the effects of the Satan Sandwich continue on, so I'll return to them as well. I also plan on returning to some regular features of the blog, like the sustainability news linkspams and the weekly roundups. I will continue updating regular topics of this blog, including the price of gas and oil and the state of real estate. Finally, there is old business that needs to be laid to rest, in which case yesterday's post on Kroger in Royal Oak served as a preview. A prime example would be the resolution to the plight of Julie Bass, which is that she and her family are leaving Oak Park for Seattle. That definitely deserves a post of its own.

As you can see, I have plenty to blog about that works well within the theme without changing the topics of this blog much, if at all. As I've written many times before, blogging about sustainability in metro Detroit means never running out of material.

*Remember that I consider war to be a sustainability issue, so I intend to tell my "war stories." I have a tale about a war game that I've been promising to write about for years, but have never gotten around to doing so. Also, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is coming. I don't think I've ever written down my experiences from that day. I was tempted on May 2nd, but had other fish to fry. This theme serves as the perfect opportunity to recount both.

Originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

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