The Frau can accomplish a lot from a car in America.
Today, for instance, she returned books to two libraries and visited an ATM—without ever leaving her car—or NPR News.
Yodelers, The Frau has gotten lazy. It only took six months after 8+ years without a car to not think twice about getting behind the wheel. Even for short, walkable trips.
Is The Frau assimilating?
Yes and no.
Yes because she does drive to Toddler M’s school and her local library—at least when the weather is bad and she is in a rush—even though they are both walkable.
But no, because she will never consider going to the Starbucks drive-through. At least, she hopes she will never stoop so low. Also, for now, her family has only one car, something quite rare in American families, where the average household has more vehicles than drivers.
In another interesting bit of transport trivia, statistics from Metra, Chicago’s commuter train system, make it (get this!) more punctual (95%) than the SBB (87.7%). Granted the SBB runs across an entire country and considers much more than just trains in its stats (and probably also considers "on-time" in a much less forgiving way), but still. The Frau was very surprised.