Monday, June 9, 2008
Well, the time has finally come to say goodbye to my car. Well, technically it was never mine, but I used it the most so that's gotta count for something. Numerous problems have plagued it for months and new ones keep coming. The problems are so severe and the car is old enough, that it doesn't make sense to get it fixed. The only things it really got used for was grocery shopping, going to Boston, and visiting family in CT, so it shouldn't hurt us too much.
Except for going to concerts. I drive into Boston to go to shows because the trains don't run late enough for me to get back home after the show is over. The problem is, I go to most of my shows alone (it's true), so I'll only be able to catch a ride with a friend if they want to go to the same show. I'm too far to bike into the city so my only other option is to take a cab. It might sound crazy at first, but compared to the cost of gas and insurance (if you live in MA, you know how crazy insurance is) I feel like I'll actually be saving money by taking a cab.
So you see that list of "Shows I might go to" over on the right hand side? Yeah, I'll probably only be able to go to a handful of those now. That means I'll probably be focusing more on reviewing records instead of concerts (not that I ever focused on concert reviews but....you get the idea). Maybe I'll try to write a review of a record every time I can't go to a show I otherwise would have because of transportation issues. We'll see how that works out.
Well, I'm pretty sure we're doing the right thing, both for ourselves and for the environment. Now I'll be a biker with huge calves like that guy in Triplets Of Belleville. And maybe I'll actually be in shape for once. But if you have any suggestions for transportation from Salem to Boston, by all means, let me know.
In honor of my dying car, here's one of my favorite videos. It should help cheer me up.