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Apr. 17th, 2013 11:44 am
kay_gmd: (fair)
In June 2007 I started working at the Energy Commission in downtown Sac, and started commuting by bus.  Since Groblek was commuting by bike at some point after that we decided to become a one car household.  IT saved us a good chunk of money, and we were really quite content with it.

It's become less convenient since Groblek's been commuting by car to Richmond, but we've made it work.  Even while I was poking at car options (our 2001 Saturn won't last forever) I'd been assuming we'd be trading in or selling the Saturn when we got a new to us car.

Then Groblek suggested that we keep the Saturn so that we'd have a car for those times when I need one.  I totally agreed with this idea.

So we have returned, for the life of the Saturn (it's running reasonably well, but the AC doesn't work, and it needs periodic additional oil), to a two car household.

Understand, I'm thrilled about the shiny new to us 2010 Prius!  I get to appease my Energy Commission geek by having a hybrid, and it's supper comfortable and quiet, and it has more carrying capacity than we're used to.  Also it's just nice (for the moment) to have a clean car that hasn't acquired the massive clutter that our cars always do (which is soooo much more so since Kosh joined us).

But the concept that on the 23rd when I have 2 doctors appointments I can drive Kosh into daycare, drive home (I had to spend the furlough somewhere) drive to appointment one, if there's time go somewhere for lunch, go to appointment two, have some more time at home before going to pick up Kosh.  Rather than bus Kosh in wait/bus most likely straight to the doc kill time between appointments, bus back to pick up Kosh (I was planning this I probably could have bussed home briefly, but it was going to be significantly more convenient to spend the entire day busing, waiting, or killing time at a location related to transit.

I'm deeply grateful that I can do it all by bus when necessary.  I've done it before, and will likely do it again.  I love that I can.  I'm also massively enjoying the idea that I don't have to.

I also absolutely love the daily commute by bus. Especially with Kosh it's just nice to have those 2 chunks of time where there's nothing to do except focus on Kosh, and talking to the other bus folk.

I've also been really lucky to be able to borrow other folks cars, or cage rides.

To that end I'm thinking about opening up the Saturn to those who need a car for a bit.  I'm calling priority.  No one gets to borrow it on the 23rd, but if you need a car for a relatively defined period of time and want to borrow it contact me, and we'll see if it works.
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