So I’m thinking, and I wonder why I think we need two cars anyway. And I think how much just one year of a second car payment adds up to (enough for a trip to Europe). And I think about what I read in Affluenza:
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
And I think about why I want a Smart car. Cute and fun isn’t really a reason to spend so much money on what really amounts to just one more *thing.*
So I’ve cancelled my Smart reservation.
A little background — Brian has had a work truck for the last six years. When he recently left his job, we knew we’d be losing that free second vehicle. His old friend/former employer hasn’t made arrangements to retrieve the truck yet, but he will and we’ll be down to one car.
My natural assumption was that we have to buy another car, and I wanted a Smart, so there you have it. But like I said, I began to think. And other than both driving to work, there’s no need for two cars. So I checked the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) online trip planner last night. Brian could get to work in 65 minutes on the bus. I could get to work in 17. Well, technically I could get to within seven blocks of work. A monthly bus pass costs half what I pay for monthly parking.
So here I go with my thinking. Why wouldn’t I take the bus? We use public transportation in every city we visit in Europe. What is it about buses at home that causes us to dismiss them as a viable option? Granted they’re not as cool lumbering down Preston Hwy as the big red buses of London are cruising around Picadilly Circus, but if I wanted cool, wouldn’t I buy the Smart?
I think I’ll take a test bus jaunt this weekend, and I’ll time the walk from the bus stop to my work on foot. And I’ll keep thinking about my assumption that two people must equal two cars.