Going Greener

April 13th, 2010

I was listening to NPR a few days ago, and someone was interviewing a guy who had invented an app that lets you avoid red lights by rerouting you to your destination through green lights only. He didn’t know if it saved much fuel, and emergency vehicles don’t need this app because they use a different system, so I think it’s mainly for the sake of not being slowed down on the way to our oh-so-important jobs, lunch dates, business meetings, grocery trips, soccer games, hair salon visits. To shave off 11 minutes from our commutes. And ,of course, to let cab drivers drive more maniacally than ever with no stinking red lights to impede them. I could hear the ghost of my irascible grandfather in the back of my mind yelling, “That’s what’s wrong with America today!” I love technology (too much) and I don’t want to be a cranky naysayer, but something about this app makes me uncomfortable. Because sometimes we need to be stopped in our tracks, to take turns, to give way, to be inconvenienced, to learn patience, to pause and breathe, to yield, to have a chat with our passengers (especially small ones), to reflect on where we’re headed in the morning, to slow down at the end of a day, to read the bumper stickers on the cars in front of us, to expect to encounter obstacles and roadblocks in our lives. There’s no app for that — it’s called real life.

5 Responses to “Going Greener”

  1. Amen!

    But my husband would LOVE this app. Love it. He takes traffic lights personally. Every red light is a personal insult.

  2. Jen says:

    Ironically your analysis to your response to the app is sort of similar to how I feel about your blog vs most of what I find on the net. Sometimes it’s good to have something to make you you stop for a moment and think. Ponder what’s going on around yourself. A stop here always works the same way : ) In the most positive way possible.

  3. nikki says:

    Thanks, Jen. I need to take my own advice and remind myself constantly to slow down. This morning before I came to work, I ran around looking for a birthday cake for a coworker, got the wrong cake but too late–the inscription was already on it (!), lost, and after more running around, found my iPhone and then dropped my coffee in the office parking lot while trying to juggle cake, computer bag and tote bag. Great start to the day!

  4. That was a great article,I recently subscribed to your rss feed.

  5. Thanks for putting together Going Greener Fridaville I am enjoying your posts. Would you consider a guest post? You can see my post style at http://education-bookstore.com and certainly I would be interested in having you post an article or two on my blog, what do you think?

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