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Going Car-Less in L.A.

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carsplahsA question came to me the other day.

“If selling the lease on your car meant it would free you up financially to travel back to New York more often, and eventually move back officially –  would you do it?”

The answer was…”Yes”.

Getting rid of a car within this mess of neighborhoods, long blocks and hot weather is a little nutty. But it’s an option I’m taking seriously. I’ve put my lease up for sale (yes, you can do that), and will await the next move.

Biking, Uber and public transportation will ultimately be my thing now. However will I manage?

I was thinking of creating a blog about this so I could chronicle my new plight of living like an Amish lady – without a horse and buggy. But when I ran a search on Google, I noticed the online blogging airspace is flooded with many car-less Los Angeles based bloggers writing about shedding their four wheel gas guzzlers. In fact, one person is producing a documentary about it, complete with a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the tale of hoofing it around town without four wheels in 80 days called ‘Car-less in L.A.”   I commend her. I mean, if you’re going to do something like that – why not get a project out of it.

These are all good efforts, so I won’t add to the influx of blogs out of L.A. that describe how one must re-think travel to Ralphs or to the vet, or to work, or how they are saving money on gas, car payments and insurance. I don’t know if I have anything more to add to that. I join them in spirit.

Meanwhile, I’ll await a buyer, and will devise ways on how I’m going to lug a 30 pound bag of dog kibble from Tailwaggers on Bronson to my apartment every other month, or how I’m going to get to work when it rains – which doesn’t happen much around here.

Maybe that horse and buggy thing isn’t a bad idea. I mean, giving up the horsepower for an actual horse?

But then there’s all that cleaning of crap I’d have to do.

I’ll stick to a bike.


Author: Debi Rotmil

I'm Debi Rotmil. I'm the author of the book "Hitting Water: A Book of Stories" and founder of The Good Write. I work in finance, write, eat, walk the dog, write, blog, jog, spin. I work everyday to try and change the world in my own way.

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