Now don’t get me wrong, I generally love living in the city. It has so much to offer. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t days that are incredibly difficult. And in all fairness, if I lived in the city but had a driveway, this wouldn’t be an issue. Sadly, I don’t have a driveway, so the next few weeks are going to be very difficult.
Last year I got rid of my relatively-young-but-laden-with-problems car. I thought about not getting a new car. For the first time, I was using public transportation to get to work. I could walk to the grocery store. I could use Zipcar for trips outside of the city. But now matter how many work-arounds I considered, I always got stuck on what I’d do on the days I couldn’t walk even the two blocks to the closest Zipcar spots. What then? I’d be stuck. So I got a car. 3 weeks later, someone crashed into it while it was parked. It was totaled and I couldn’t drive it for 3 weeks while it was getting fixed. Just a couple weeks after it came back from the shop, it got stuck in the ice that had formed where I’d parked, so I couldn’t drive it for about a week.
Now, the city is doing construction in my neighborhood, so from 7am-7pm I can’t park anywhere near my apartment. Depending on which notices are correct, this will be for 2 or 3 weeks. I’ve been asking friends if they might have an extra space in their driveway that I can use. If not, I’ll park in another neighborhood, then walk or take the bus home, and go back every few days to move my car (they ticket if you stay in the same space for too long, even when it’s a legal space!) I just have to hope that I don’t need the car for the next few weeks. Lately, I’ve been driving to work more than taking the T (our subway) because I’ve been having fatigue and/or pain. I really hope that stays at bay for a while.
I love living in the city overall. I really do. But I have to ask myself: why did I buy a car if I keep having weeks at a time that I can’t even get to it?
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