Drive Through Everything

June 28, 2013

drive-through banking

Texas is big…and different. My mind drifts back to Eddie Murphy’s Delirious bit when he was about to venture into Texas for the first time.

“Don’t go to Texas, man. They’ll fuck you up.”

Now Mr. Murphy may have been referring to something else, but this statement rings true for me in terms of the gigantic, enormous, monstrosities that are the cars in this state.

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Everyone drives. One person per car as far as I can see. Lanes upon lanes, highways, frontage roads next to the highways…and then my jaw drops.

“What’s that up ahead? Is that a series of buildings? Whoa, are those space-ways? Holy shit, turn back, turn back!”

Ten different highways come together at a meeting point and they all cross over each other in a reasonably tight puzzle that kind of looks like a roller-coaster, but more scary. Some of the highways are 20 stories high and when driving on the ramps it feels like you are flying. And this is all from the passenger seat, mind you. I’m taking my time before I take on these behemoths.

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Speaking of behemoths, the classic 4WD is like a newborn baby compared to the pick-up trucks I see on an hourly basis. They don’t call ‘em trucks for nada. It’s ridiculous to think why anyone would need such an eye-sore for the daily trek to work, the shops or the firing range. Back in Australia, we called them “utes.” But these things are about five times as big as the old Holden and I ain’t even lying.

So what does one do when you’re in a truck? Well it’s about three metres down, so forget about stepping out to do your errands.

Welcome to the land of “drive-thru.” Growing up in little ole Perth, the only thing that was drive-thru was the drive-in cinema. Even in recent times, fast food is all I knew about drive-thru. Here we have drive-thru pharmacies, drive-thru restaurants, drive-in restaurants, drive-thru banking, drive-thru cleaners and probably a few more I haven’t discovered yet. And if you want something a little more substantial than just a fast-food burger, most of the major restaurant chains have dedicated “to-go” counters where you can essentially drive up, hop out and grab your dinner.

drive-through bankingI have to say, I’m not complaining about this new-found convenience. Parking can be a nightmare, especially in lots that haven’t adapted to the fact that the compact car is something of a rarity down here. But I do miss walking a little bit. It’s impossible to walk anywhere here. Even if something is just on the other side of an outdoor shopping centre, you have to transform into Frogger just to make it across the parking lot alive. And the heat is getting intense. To be certain, one thing you don’t want to do when you’re driving through everything is run out of gas…

 What do you think about America’s conveniences?


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30 Comments on "Drive Through Everything"


2 years 15 days ago

I lived in Texas for almost four years as a teenager. Everything was so spread out that a car is definitely necessary. A driver thru for most everything would’ve been a such an awesome convenience at the time. Especially because the weather is typically formidable and in the south (at least where I lived) you really have to be well dressed (for females must have earrings, makeup and all otherwise, you’ll get starred down) even just to go out and run a simple errand. I think all this makes everything much simpler.

2 years 15 days ago

The weather sure is brutal, so I certainly also welcome the drive-thrus :)

2 years 21 days ago

I do occasionally miss having a car, but for the most part I love not having the stress of driving, or the expense of owning a car. Georgia, where I lived before moving to Germany, has tons of huge trucks and SUVs like what you’re seeing in Texas, and yes, drive-thru everything. Convenient yes, but a little insane sometimes.

2 years 20 days ago

I’m with you, I’ve enjoyed not driving a lot for the past few years. No choice over here though, but I’m taking my time with it :0

Gus
2 years 24 days ago

Gooligoogoo Sanchez … do they have drive thru shooting ranges? Then you can practice your drive by’s homes

2 years 20 days ago

I think it was Goonigoogoo, mister moustache!

2 years 25 days ago

This sounds like my reaction to Southern California – but I noticed when I visited Houston, too, that there was almost no one walking around. I think that’s the #1 reason I couldn’t live in either place.

2 years 25 days ago

It sure is a huge city, so driving is indeed a necessary evil 😉

2 years 27 days ago

Mhmm – I’m nodding my head at everything here. It’s a little intimidating, isn’t it? Massive things everywhere! I always miss walking when in Texas – it just seems so silly to drive across the street but the lack of sidewalks means it’s necessary. And the drive throughs… convenient yes, but I prefer stretching my legs and walking into the store 😉

Sounds like you’re settling in though – happy to hear it!

2 years 26 days ago

Thanks, Jay! It’s been a tough start, but all’s good now. Walking and fitness is definitely on the agenda in the near future.

 

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