Let me share some of the outings I had without my own car last week.
- Tuesday - I took a bus to have my hair appointment on Capitol Hill, and then my hairstylist/friend and I had a lovely dinner in International District. I took a light rail home.
- Wednesday - one of my co-workers took me to Bellevue College for my first class there! My instructor OKd me to leave the class about 10 minutes early so I could catch the bus home.
- Thursday - someone else from work gave me a ride to Ballard where I met with a couple of friends for a delicious meal. Took a bus & light rail home.
As you can see, this Low-Car Life has given me more opportunities to ride in a car with people. Riding with someone means more hang-out time with the person! I've had really random to deeply meaningful conversations with folks in a car so far.
It also encourages me to ask for help. When I had my no-car life before, I used to hate asking for a ride from people because I thought I was burdening them. I don't know if it's part of the aging process or what, but I don't really feel bad about asking for a ride any more. If they can, that's great, and if they can't, that is OK too.
I've also noticed that it helps me to be more efficient at work. If I had my own car, I could just stay and work on a project for as long as it takes, but now, I'm on a schedule. So, I've been doing a good job prioritizing, and if I don't get something done, I just leave it till the next day if I can help it- I've got a bus to catch!!!