Archive for October, 2009

It’s not easy being green

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

My son and I went to the North Carolina State Fair yesterday, no thanks to the city of Raleigh’s bus system — which trumpeted its service to the fairgrounds, but overlooked one key aspect: having a bus actually appear at the stop where we waited. And waited. And waited.

After nearly 45 minutes, we got in the car and drove to the fair. So much for our effort to be green citizens.

God knows we tried. We were each willing to pay the $4 roundtrip charge for a ride to the fairgrounds, about three miles away. (My fuel cost, after we gave up and drove ourselves, was probably less than a buck.) And we were willing to invest some extra time in the trip, as part of our stab at green living. But at a certain point, the algebra of environmental commitment does a 180-degree turn. When do you decide not to spend $8 to get to the fair when a buck’s worth of gas will do the trick; and not invest at least an hour of waiting and riding time when you can get their on your own within 15 minutes (as we eventually did)?

Answer: When the freakin’ bus doesn’t show up.