I last owned a car in June 2013. Then I moved from California to Idaho, and left my cars behind because they weren't in good condition and I was trying to start over in so many ways.
I thought I would be moving into a senior citizen apartment building with a bus route running alongside. Well, I got here, and there were delays in getting the apartment. For five days my main transport was either a U-Haul truck, or walking. I walked so much, the soles of my feet felt like they were on fire.
After five days of hotel rooms and restaurant meals, plus moving and storage expenses, my credit cards were maxed out and my bank account was empty. Finally, the night before I was about to be sleeping on the streets, I got the happy news that I could move into that apartment building.
Right before I moved in the transit agency cut that bus route, so when I got here I found myself without any transportation at all. The apartment is 2+1/2 miles from the nearest bus stop. That bus stop is in front of the public library in the main part of town. I live in an annexed bit of semi-rural countryside far from the city center. The nearest supermarket is 2+1/2 miles away in the other direction, away from town.
I have been trying to dig my way out of debt since then but it hasn't been easy because as my debt mounted, my income was severely cut when one of the websites I wrote for suddenly went into deep decline in revenue, and then went out of business entirely. At times I was so destitute I had to use credit to buy groceries.
Because of all that debt, I haven't been able to buy another car. I keep getting nice letters from car sellers offering me credit (since so far, I haven't missed any of my payments) but I know if I took on one more loan, it would seriously impair my ability to pay off the debt I already have. It is my desire not to get behind on my payments - so I don't risk it.
Instead I've embraced the carless lifestyle, to an extent. I try to be graceful about it and accepting of my circumstances, but it is hard when I have such deep desires to go exploring and sight-seeing, and when I'm so far from grocery shopping opportunities and the nearest bus stop.
This is my first entry into this blog and I'll continue my observations on the carless lifestyle, another day.
Picture I took while out walking a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/9FcrAu3IXq— LindaJoMartin (@LindaJoMartin) August 1, 2016