Do You Walk To Work?

JerrySeinfeld

Here is the Jerry Seinfeld AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. It’s relatively long but you can probably finish it in 15 minutes if you understand the format.  If you like Seinfeld, it’s worth the time.  I was considering using this post to break it down but it’s too much info.  This however was one question and answer I can’t get out of my life:

What, above all other things, is the neatest most fascinating and cool thing you get to do on a daily basis?
[–]_Seinfeld[S] 3593 points 6 hours ago

WOW. First of all, GREAT question.

That I get to do on a daily basis? Probably walk to work. I think that’s about the coolest thing that there is. Or take my bike. If you can walk to work or take your bike on a daily basis, I think that’s just about the coolest thing that there is. Every morning I listen to the traffic on the radio, and they talk about how they are jammed and I just laugh. I love traffic. I love traffic reports because I’m not in any of them.

I’ve probably gotten the question, do you walk to work about 20 times since I moved into my place which is a 10 minute walk from where I work. People seem fascinated with the idea of being able to walk to work. I honestly don’t understand it and when I read Seinfeld write this I know I must be missing something.

I’ve commuted an hour each way when I lived at home in the burbs for 2 years.  Then my commute dropped to 25 minutes each way while I was in Manayunk.  The last 1+ years I’ve been within walking distance and I’ve drove about 98% of the time to work.  I’ve played and understand the traffic game and it seriously sucks.  It’s like giving up 2 hours of your livelihood a day to waste money on gas and put yourself through torture.  My commute currently has absolutely no traffic.  Why would I want to spend 10 minutes doing something that should only take 2 minutes.  It’s sacrificing 16 minutes a day to walk to work.  I’m not into wasting time and even if it’s a pleasurable walk, which I don’t think it is, I have no interest.  Other people who don’t have this luxury must be incredibly jealous because it’s the first thing that comes to their mind when they hear I live a few blocks away.  I’ve obviously belittled this point because if Seinfeld is commenting on it, it must be legit.