This morning, for instance, I opened the door to our attached garage, got in the car, and realized I’d brought the wrong set of keys. The right set of keys was on a hook maybe five feet away as the crow flies, assuming the crow could fly through the fireproof wall into the laundry room. But here’s what was involved:Open car door (back pain.)
Shove car door further open (left shoulder pain.)
Move driver seat back (wrist pain.)
Move steering wheel up (no pain.)
Lift left leg with two hands, swing it out of car (back pain.)
Exit car (right hip pain.)
Three steps to door (left foot pain.)
Oops, door key back in car, three steps back to get it.
Three steps to door again (left foot etc.)
Five steps to get correct keys.
And the exercise is only half done. You don’t even want to know about getting back in the car. Full disclosure – don’t let me whine too much – the pain involved is not very severe. But everything takes a lot more time than you would imagine.