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Uncategorized23 Jun 2008 04:46 pm

So I’m thinking about this whole car-free thing and I say to Nancy,

“You know what not having a car really is going to mean to us?”

Almost simultaneously, Nancy and I answered my rhetorical question the same basic way: “No last-minute plans”.

The car allows you to make spur-of-the-moment choices to go somewhere: shopping, out to eat, a quick rendezvous with friends. You get to go places where the buses and trains don’t go.

Some subtle changes already:

  • Did not return downtown Wednesday after family meeting to take Trish and Scott to blues kickoff party on 79th Street. It was not even an option given time of party 6-10 pm and distance.
  • When I invited my young niece to spend a weekend with us, I afterwards realized the only way to do that would be to have her parents drop her off or for me to take train up to Lake Forest, meet them there, and then bring her back down to my house.
  • Trips to Lake Forest to visit family will either be by train, cycle, or not at all…and planned.
  • Grocery shopping is parsed into multiple smaller trips. No more “big bang” fill-up-the-back-of-the-car grocery trips.

I’m expecting more changes but I suspect many will be along these lines. I will revisit this subject from time to time.

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