Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Why you need a car in Miami

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I actually went through the drive-up lane at the bank yesterday to get change. I think that the reason I never did was that when I was learning to drive, the bank drive-up lane was somewhat difficult, especially in a minivan. When I got to the bank yesterday, it was a few minutes after closing. Since so many Publix locations don’t want to give me change, I figured I might as well go through the drive-up.

Yes, I’ve been driving for over a year and this is actually the first time that I’ve gone through the bank’s drive-up. I did go through a McDonald’s drive-through once, which I also managed to survive. I think another part of the reason is that drive throughs are so confining. You have to follow a very specific path and, at least with fast-food places, once you’re in, you’re pretty much committed. You cant get out until you’ve gotten your food.

Once you have a car or two behind you, it’s pretty much the same thing at the bank. You just have to sit there until there are no cars in front of you. This is why I generally prefer going in, and will continue to go in given a choice.

I think that the drive ups at banks are unfair. When I went to the bank yesterday, several other people were walking up to the door after me. One guy had to make a deposit, but didn’t seem to have a problem using the drive up. There was a woman, though, that didn’t drive. When that happens, what do you do if you need change? (Basically, you need to go to the nearest Publix and hope they’ll have the change for you.)

This is why you need to drive in Miami. We’re not set up for people without cars.

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