One-car family

18 05 2012

Mechanic, DH, and the tow truck driver figuring the Toyota’s fate

Starting Sunday we will be a one-car family. DH has found a buyer for his pickup. He sold it to Joe, the first of eight people who replied in the first 15 minutes to his Craigslist ad for parts.

We’ll try to make it work. It can’t be too bad. We’re just two people, two dogs, and sometimes a complaining cat.

The truck doesn’t run anymore. The mechanic pronounced it unsafe if proper repairs weren’t made, and after much thought DH has decided to give it up. He drove it to take the dogs to the beach, haul stuff to the dump, and drive to the museum where he’s a docent once a week. But lately he’s been driving the Prius there to save on gas. Sometimes he took TheBus.

Recently I took TheBus from the studio to glee club practice. It was easy. I went online and entered my address, destination, and arrival time for a list of several routes to choose from.

TheBus was on time, and the transfer connection was great. The ride took an hour and 50 minutes — an hour longer than in a car — but I didn’t have to drive, got to look at the scenery, and the fare was $2.50.

A few days ago DH went to TheBus Pass Office on Middle street to buy a senior annual pass. Only $30 for the whole year! Seniority has its privileges! As a newish iPhone user, he also discovered the bus information on the map app. With a little planning, and because he has time, this could work.

So we’re going to give it a try, this one-car family bit. DH is thinking of the money he’ll save to put toward a trip to Italy to see Miss Marvelous and family. My friends say I’ll be giving up my independence. I’m thinking less is more.  We shall see.

Copyright 2011 Rebekah Luke



2 responses

20 05 2012
Rebekah's Studio

Nice to hear from you again. Wherever you are on your travels, I’m sure you have experienced all kinds of transportation. Thanks for stopping by and defining *Whif. I almost thought you wrote “sniff(le)” to which I would reply, “Of course you will return.”

20 05 2012

We appreciate your efforts to reduce your carbon footprint… TheBus is the best-valued transportation that I have ever encountered… Whif* I return to Hawai`i (yes, it has made it onto my top ten list), I will definitely have the annual pass as part of my budget!

*Whif == when, and if

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