Back in the saddle again (so to speak)

Believe it or not, it’s been several years since I’ve been behind the wheel of a car.

It all started back sometime in 2009. I was at one of those speaker events. This was a breakfast and the speaker was an author whose new book had just been published. I honestly can’t remember his name, but the book title is The Green Metropolis.

The point being made in the book is that big congested cities are more environmentally conscious and successful then more rural, less densely-populated areas — which is the opposite of what most Continue reading

Day 182. You Drive

I got rid of my car a few years back. Didn’t need it. I live in the city, with busses and subways right at my doorstep. I am a short walk away from everything I could trafficpossibly need or want. So one day, I just packed it in. My lease was up and that was that. No more car.

And if I wasn’t sure what a great decision it was, until now, let me tell you, there’s certainly no doubt in my mind after today.

Driving is a pain in the ass. And very stressful. At least in this city. End of story.

On the odd occasion when I do need a car, I rent a Zipcar. Wondering what the hell a Zipcar is? Well, they’re cars you can rent by the hour. You pay a nominal annual fee, to become a member. There are Zipcars available in hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of locations, all around the city.

Hourly rates vary, depending on the make of car. Insurance is included and there’s even a credit card to cover the cost of gas, should you need a fill-up.

Just go to the Zipcar website and indicate when, and for how long, you want a set of wheels. Based on your location,

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