More Productive???

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I wrote a thing last week about seeing a guy walking his dog on a riding mower, but somehow it got lost in cyberspace. I wish I had a picture of that. Since then, I’ve seen a guy walking a dog with a golf cart and lot of other “lazy” things.

I’m not sure what is going on. All these people are riding around in these small electric carts. Shopping at grocery stores. Out on the sidewalks. Okay, maybe some of the people can’t get around without them, but if you have enough energy to go out and start your riding lawn mower and get on it holding a leash, then maybe you have enough energy to just walk your dog in the first place.

Everything is so automated now. I think of it when I’m doing construction I hardly ever drive nail with a hammer. And I never use a screwdriver to put in a screw. Always a drill driver. I barely ever use a hand saw. Am I just that more productive? If we’re all so much more productive, then why does it seem like everything is always in disrepair? The roads, the parks, infrastructure in general. Must just be a money thing.

I think, we as Americans, have it pretty good. I’m not sure why some of us have this attitude that we need it better. Maybe some people should just go back to the basics. They can start by doing something as simple as mowing their own lawns.

The water meter guy just drives his scooter, lawn to lawn, automatically reading the meters. Seems wrong.

Shopping as a family. Great.

7 thoughts on “More Productive???

  1. AKN

    You make a sharp observation about the carts. Looking at your picture from the box store, it reminds me that the carts seem to be correlated with obesity and the diseases linked to it, for example type 2 diabetes and hypertension. What’s the relationship between the obesity and the carts? There seems to be a chicken or the egg problem. Do people use the carts, because they have become diseased and obese, and as a result have trouble getting around? (Why the disease and obesity in the first place?) Or, do they prefer automated modes of transport, which diminishes the little exercise they get, causing them to become diseased and obese?

  2. ringcycles

    Having watched WALL-E a hundred times this winter (I have a 3 year old), I’ve seen the future of human sloth, and it ain’t pretty. People the shape of spuds on recliner hovercrafts. Atleast that’s Pixar’s vision

  3. CurbDestroyer

    There are a lot of people out there drawn to the path of least resistance. Some people even work harder to get out of work, than to just do the job, or “Get Over”. A prime example is a woman that I used to work with. She had a handicapped tag on her car, and parked in the reserverd handicapped places at work, the problem I had was that she used to Power Walk with a Power Walking group during the lunch hour. However she was in a top position, so I believe this is why nobody called her out on it. I suspect there are many out there taking advantage of the system to “Get Over” at the expense of those that truly need the resources

  4. Brian

    There is a lady here in manhattan the ‘dog sleds’ with her recumbent bike. She has three dogs that pull her around as she ‘walks’ them. I saw her peddling once against a head wind, but really slowly.

  5. WildCat

    “Speaking generally, all parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become healthy and well developed and age slowly. But, if unused and left idle, they come liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.” – Hypocrates ( 370 B.C. )

    This quote shows that people knew this LONG ago. Some folks just choose not to care. Doing so puts a huge burden on our healthcare system; but what can you do? Fine people if they’re going the wrong direction at their annual physical? Some of these folks prob don’t even see a Dr. on a regular basis. And some of them are likely on Medicade and/or disability. So we PAY for them to sit around, eat huge tubs of cheese puffs, and develop adult onset diabetes. Then PAY for their medical treatment for life. Sorry, nevermind, whole ‘nother can of worms. God Bless America!!

  6. Tim

    We have someone who comes out to the college and drives their car while the dog runs next to it (without a leash thank goodness). At least the dogs are getting some exercise. What I hate even more are people that own dogs and never get them out to exercise!


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