Just a quick post, as I am on the road this week, with speeches in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Since I live in New York City, and work out of my home office, I don’t spend a whole lot of time driving. But this week, as I’m out in the midwest, I rented a car and have been hopping around in it. It has made me convinced, more than ever, that one of the reasons we feel we have no time is that we are always driving around to different places. There is something about loading up the car, driving somewhere, and finding parking, which adds to the transaction costs of every activity. Or things just blend into each other (a frequent complaint I get from parents is that they spend 3-6pm each weekday functioning as a taxi service). Imagine if we spent more time walking places, or had more families with one car (thus forcing us to spend time together). I know there are trade-offs — I am amazed at the amount of real estate one can buy out here — but I have such a hard time getting my head around living somewhere that I couldn’t walk to buy milk. I’m curious how much time people think they spend in the car per day.