I have a thing.
I know, I know, I have a lot of things, but this one thing perplexes people. What can I say? I'm intentionally difficult (but you eat Hershey's, so we're even.)
I have a ten minute radius.
I don't like to drive outside of my ten minute radius. My home is the central point, and everything that I want to reach, be it groceries, movies, shopping, schools, or friends, needs to be within that ten minute radius. Why? Because I lack the patience for a larger radius. I have friends who live 30 minutes away. Ask them how many times I've been to their houses. My best friend moved 45 minutes away for all of 2008. I think I visited her twice, and only because it could be piggy-backed on other errands. My relatives suggested I move to Eagle Mountain, and I could barely hear them make the suggestion without collapsing into a pit of excruciating pain from just thinking about how long I'd have to drive every day just to get to a store.
A friend who lives in Spanish Fork, 25 minutes away, asked me to parties at her house on consecutive nights. I sighed the sigh of both the tween and the put-upon. "You want me to drive all the way down there? Two nights in a row?"
"Is it because it's South valley?" she immediately bristled.
"No, no, I don't care that you live in Spenish, it's just the drive."
I really have to feel it to drive more than 10 minutes to get to anywhere. I really feel my work, so the 20 minutes I drive to get to my job is mostly worth it. Mostly, because I still hate the drive, and will complain to just about anyone (and now the whole Internet) about my commute. My mother-in-law, veteran of Bay Area traffic, laughs in my face. I know, California, I know that 20 minutes is the golden commute time, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
If I could, I'd go back to living in a city where I could use public transport and walk to everywhere I needed to go. The thing is, I have this husband who doesn't want to, and even I don't think that a 10 minute radius is worth contemplating divorce (usually.)
Do you have a radius or are the miles wide open? Am I the only one?
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I have a thing.