May 7, 2005
My Car is Gone!
Tonight I finally got rid of my car! I wasn't even sad to see it go. I wasn't worried about what I'd do without it. My wife asked me if I felt liberated now, but I don't. I think I'll feel liberated when I have to give up some activity because I can't get there within a reasonable amount of time or condition. Let's say I get in a car vs. bike accident and happen to survive it but I break my leg and can't ride my bike and the bus doesn't go where I need to get to. then I will feel liberated.
I will feel liberated because I won't have a choice. For the first time since my junior year in High School, I will experience what people without cars exerience every day of their lives. So I don't really feel liberated from my car yet. Right now I'm just riding my bike like every other day this past year. Maybe in a month or so I'll realize the impact of being without my car. So far I don't miss it. I'll let you know when it hits me.
Tomorrow morning is my first Time Trial. Time for bed. I'll post the results tomorrow. It should be fun. My goal is an average speed of 22mph for 5 miles.
Posted by carl1236 at May 7, 2005 10:18 PM | Attitude
In my experience, not having a car serves as a handy excuse for getting out of things I'd rather not do.
To tell the truth, the places I can't go on my bike are generally places I don't miss. When I get in the wife's car, it's usually to go to some mass retail establishment to buy crap we don't need.
Posted by: Jim at May 8, 2005 12:09 AM
Haha, you have a point Jim. What do we do with all of this stuff we collect!? At least on a bike it's harder to transport large items so easier to resist in the stores. haha.
Posted by: John at May 8, 2005 7:13 AM
Congrats on ditching the gas-guzzler!! Sweet freedom :) My hubby & I are saving for a Prius, but figure if we don't have enough money when our car finally dies then we'll just do without. We don't use our car too much and end up being a taxi service to the family members who don't drive anyway. If we have no car, we could finally get out of shuttle service :) There are so many reasons NOT to drive! You can always catch a cab or bus if you need to buy big items. ROCK HARD!
Posted by: RR at May 9, 2005 9:49 AM
yes, you are right. :-) Good thoughts.
Posted by: John at May 9, 2005 4:23 PM