I Don’t Do That Podcast (With Ocho)

I Don't Do That (with Ocho)
I Don't Do That (with Ocho)
E13 - I Don't Drive (Cathy)
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Show Notes

Listeners, start your engines!  Now turn them off.  Our guest today is Cathy who voluntarily gave up driving at age 75.  Tune in to find out Cathy’s story as she puts it in park, and lets go of the wheel for the last time.

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[chimes]

Ocho:

Welcome to the “I Don’t Do That Podcast,” where we get into all the things that we’re not into.

[theme music plays] “na na na na na yeah nah I don’t do that, no I don’t do that.  You know it’s alright; you can ask, but I don’t do that, no I don’t do that.  I don’t do that.  I don’t do that…”

Ocho:

Episode Thirteen

 Cathy:

One of my friends who does a lot of driving and she’s about my age, I think she’s a year younger. She took her hat off to me and said, “you know, I respect the fact that people recognize that they don’t want to drive and are willing to give up driving.” 

Ocho:

Welcome To Season 2!  Episode 13 is “I Don’t Drive A Car.”  We’re talking today with Cathy, who does not drive a car.  Cathy is in her mid-70s.  She is white, identifies as female, and lives in a suburb of Chicago IL, USA.  Cathy is a retired nurse, a wife, and mother of 5, grandmother of 6.

Well, thanks for talking to me. I appreciate it.

Cathy:

You’re welcome. 

Ocho:

We’re talking about not driving a car today. 

Cathy:

Yes.

Ocho:

You stopped driving on purpose? 

Cathy:

Oh, yes. 

Ocho:

Okay. And when did you start? 

Cathy:

I was already 20…let’s see I got married when I was 26, and it would’ve been shortly before I got married that I got my license and started to drive. So I was probably about 25.

Ocho:

Okay, so a little over 50 years behind the wheel then? 

Cathy:

Yep. 

Ocho:

Okay. And why did you start then? You started a little late, it sounds like…

Cathy:

Well, yeah, before then, I didn’t really have a need to drive. My life was rather secluded and I didn’t need to have a vehicle and I just never had the opportunity to learn how to drive.

But when I was that age, I was in college. I finally decided to go to college and I had met my future husband, and he was about to graduate, and I was already graduated from undergraduate school, and I was seeking employment and I just knew that we would be needing a car, and we would need to know how to drive.

My husband had not—my, you know, “almost husband” at that time—also had not had a license. He got a license about the same time I did because he had grown up in the city of Boston and they had such great, you know, access to public transportation that he never needed it. But we both realized that there was a need, and we both got our licenses at about the same time.

And, and it was just like life presenting itself to me and I needed something to help me navigate that. 

Ocho:

Yep. Things got more complex and you needed to get around more, and you had just had more going on. 

Cathy:

Yeah. 

Ocho:

And I suppose…so you were in Grand Forks, North Dakota in college. Is that when this happened?

Cathy:

Tha