The idea of driving a car for a limited time brings on glee and worry.
Glee because I will be able to get to my hair appointment in a timely manner. Glee because I can take my dry cleaning to the bargain cleaner for a one-day turn around and not worry about how I'll pick it up.
Glee because I can actually plan a trip to Ikea without being a dependent and without worrying if the friend who takes me has enough space for a coffee table/rug/insert item here.
But look at that list.
Look at all I want to do (and in some cases, need to do) between Friday evening and Monday evening. My holiday weekend is going to be very over-programmed.
In my discussions with other car-free folks, I've discovered they occasionally rent a car for a weekend when they want to accomplish a lot of stuff with minimal inconvenience. I'll tell you, bus riding requires a bit of research and planning, and a lot of waiting. It's up to you to make it to the bus on time - if you don't, you could be waiting for up to an hour for the next ride.
Some of you might be asking, "But didn't you want to go car-free? So why are you renting a car?"
Well, yes. I wanted to save a lot of money. I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint. I wanted to walk more and lead a healthier lifestyle.
I am doing all of those things.
I'm just renting a car to have a convenient weekend. If we had Zipcars in Cincinnati, I'd rent one of those. But we don't.
Instead, Enterprise has a great deal - $9.99 a day during the weekend. Even with the car insurance I need to buy, it's only going to be $60 for Friday night through Monday night.
If we had trains or a more comprehensive bus system, I might be able to get away without renting a car once in a while. But it looks like something I'm going to have to include to my car-free repertoire occasionally.
So if anyone needs to make a trip to Ikea Sunday, hit me up.
I'm packing it in. Meatballs included.
Car Free In The Queen City by Kate the Great is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.