Tuesday, April 29, 2008

no wonder i'm going stir crazy.

I recently read a great post over at The Misadventures of Adulthood about something called a Walk Score. Apparently there's a web site that will calculate how desirable your home location is based on how many interesting or useful amenities are close by.

At my mother's house there are steep hills on all sides of us and very few things within walking distance. Without a second car, no wonder I'm going stir-crazy. Just to be certain I wasn't imagining things, I hopped on over there and plugged in my address. Sure enough, I was right. Our Walk Score is seven.

SEVEN people. Seriously, I suck.

Head on over to Walk Score and find out how you measure up and then come back here and tell me so I can be jealous. I'll be amazed if anyone beats my SEVEN. Oh. And my father, by comparison, scored a 75. Maybe we should just go move in with him.


14 comments:

Tammy said...

Guess what? My walk score is a 35, but I would give anything to have mountains around me. Honestly though, the really need to take into consideration that MC Hammer lives here. Then my score would be like 92 or soemthing don't you think?!?!

ciara said...

you have me beat...mine's a 6. we are still a town and it will be a few yrs down the road before we have anything MAJOR we can walk to other than schools and parks

Carolyn said...

Tammy - MC Hammer is worth walking any distance to. I'd give you at least a 93 for that.

Ciara - okay, you beat me. But don't you live in a very small town? I live in the suburbs of an actual city and yet there is nothing near me. Hmpf.

Jen said...

I got a 43. I didn't think there really was that much around me. Go figure. I need to get out more, LOL!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Pah! It doesn't do UK addresses!

Potty Mummy said...

Actually, it does do UK addresses (in London, anyway - which is of course guaranteed to annoy anyone not living here). And we got a 75! Yay!

softinthehead said...

I only scored 18, I thought it would be higher too because although I admit I do drive everywhere when I lived in the UK I walked far greater distances to get to the doctors library etc. than I would have to here. Note to self : MUST WALK MORE

Kaycie said...

I read this when Ped posted a link to it, and I think we scored an eight. But I like where we live precisely because it's away from everything. The kids can play outside, even in the street, without worry because nearly everyone who drives through the neighborhood actually lives here. It's quiet, and I can see deer in the field behind my yard. I know walking is great, but there is something to be said for living outside of town.

Tricia said...

LMAO - my walk score - a ZERO! It is 3.7 miles to the closest anything! Over dark twisty country roads! You don't walk from my house. Thankfully I'm not stuck there all day every day.

Jan said...

14, but only 7 I would consider walking that far for. I think your place sounds perfect. Thats just me. Tammy, tell MC hi for us. LOL.....

If your going stir crazy, make cookies. YUMMMM...

ped crossing said...

Glad you enjoyed my post. I think location is all in the eyes of the beholder. When we lived in the country, I hated it. It was too isolated for me. But I know other people love it. I think your biggest dilemma is that you have few other options being car-less.

As for the baby thing. SweetP was a first try baby too. Which made it that much harder when sweetE wasn't. Those months of trying were heart wrenching. But he did come along. I have friends (our age) who tried for a year before they had theirs. Keep your hopes up, sometimes it takes a while. Take a deep breath and believe, really believe, it is supposed to happen.

Jules~ said...

I scored a 45 but some of the things that they rated are really dumb.

califmom said...

i love moving, but have stayed in our current home for over 10 years -- the longest of anywhere i've ever lived. now i know why. our walkscore is 74!

Jennifer H said...

Mine was 23. Guess I should walk more.