We turned in our rental car on Saturday and have been car-less since. We’ve also been bike-less, because our local bike shop is doing their once-a-year sale at the very end of March, and we’re waiting for that sale to purchase our new bikes. I bought a rolling grocery cart off Amazon, and we’d used it once before to walk to get groceries, so it’s definitely doable. However, it’s hard to do things like get paint (8+ miles away) or do laundry (4.5 miles away) when walking. Not impossible, but certainly not super easy.
We went to Wegmans (our local grocery store) again today, but it is below freezing outside, with quite a chilly wind. The only thing I really need in order to handle this better is gloves*, but, for the sake of matrimonial harmony**, we called a cab to take us back home. $17 to keep my wife happy and avoid a car payment or an extra ~$350 for the bikes seems worth it.
Enterprise is also running a deal where you can rent an economy or compact car for the weekend for $10/day, so $34.59 per weekend (Friday to Monday) is getting us a car for both this coming weekend and the next. (The deal is great, and Enterprise will pick you up and drop you off, so they’re super convenient.)
Now, I’m still against driving much, but the prospect of having wheels has really brightened my mood, and it’s still cheaper than getting the bikes now would be. Plus, we really need to do laundry, and I’d like to get a bit of paint so that I can be productive. The buses here don’t run on weekends, which really kills our transportation options. DW*** has a concert oxt weekend, and a cab to the metro would cost over $50; having the car for the entire weekend and for cheaper seems like the better option.
Basically, plenty of excuses available; take your pick.
In other news, our roof got replaced today, so progress is being made again.
* But, in my stubbornness, I refuse to buy them, since we have all sorts of winter clothing in storage. We just can’t get it until after the renovation is complete.
** And because I promised she could call a cab whenever she needed in exchange for letting me sell the car this past September.
*** DW stands for Dear Wife, which is how my wife will be known forever more. It is decided.