Other peoples' attitudes
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|Sat, 05-24-2003 - 9:53pm|
I was just thinking about how I had told meremiles(Lucy) in a post about how I was really wishing lately that we had a family car. (we had to give up two old beater cars to start getting out of this debt mess, and have started bussing it and cabbing instead). Well... it really hasn't bothered me at all since we gave up the last car last July, it really has been more of a relief not wondering when the next beater will break down and knowing we'll spend about $100 on transportation per month rather than multiple hundreds. So I was wondering why my attitude change recently.
I think it's because I was out talking to a neighbor last weekend, and he asked why we're parking on the street rather than in the driveway, I told him that it wasn't our car he was looking at, that we don't have a car anymore, that we had to give it up because of the huge insurance hikes in Canada lately and the high price of gas etc etc (never said anything about debt). Told him we take the bus now.
Well he was mortified! He thought it was terrible that we didn't have a car. I think I went in the house after that thinking that 'yah it *is* terrible' or something. I just know it never fazed me a bit until he had that reaction. I guess because everyone else has said that we were probably better off and some were a little envious even of us not having to deal with the gas prices & insurance costs. We have great public transit here and the bus even stops right in front of our house, it's a ten minute bus ride to just about anywhere, and the malls are only a $7 cab ride away if you have groceries or heavy stuff. We also plan to rent cars every second or third weekend this summer as they have $9.99/day rental deals here for the weekends if you rent for 3 days, and that will get us around to parks and zoos and stuff for the kids.
Anyway, it just made me think about how attitudes influence how we're feeling, both negatively and positively. Thank goodness the attitudes here are all so supportive and uplifting!
I'm still wishing I had a car again though, sometimes hubby or I would like a treat at the store and we have a running joke that we say "see me driving in my car?" everytime we want a snack and we just kinda sigh and go back to doing nothing... So it's probably much better for our waistlines and wallets anyway that we don't have that quick way to get around!... and will someone please remind me that these cars come with a huge price tag!!
Okay, 'nuff lamenting! Have a great weekend everyone!