I've never gotten too excited over cars. We bought this one new in 2003. It has 97,000 miles on it, still looks good when it's washed, and it's dependable. Who could ask for more?
I'm counting on this car to last a while longer. Bob drives very little these days. I've never enjoyed driving. It is my hope not to get another car when this one is gone, but that may be a problem.
I've always wanted to live where I could use public transportation and not have to own a car. In Texas that wasn't possible. I was excited moving to Portland, Oregon because they do have public transportation.
There are a few things I've learned about public transportation. Trains and buses do not run up and down neighborhood streets. You have to find a way to get to the bus stop or train station. If you're young it's not so bad. You can bundle up and walk. If you're old, walking may be a problem. I've also learned it isn't cheap to ride public transportation.
I'm trying to figure out my options but nothing is exactly right. I can have groceries delivered. We seldom use a drug store for prescriptions, using mail order instead. If we can get to the bus stop a bus makes a loop through town and we can get on and off at any of the medical offices we use, but first we have to get to the bus stop.
Our days of riding a bicycle are over. You can get motorized carts but what do you do with them if you want to get on a bus? I see people riding them up and down sidewalks here with a tall pole and a flag waving.
I was in a doctor's parking lot one day and a 90 year old woman came whipping into the lot in a decorated golf cart, flag flying. Said she didn't drive anymore but could get around in her neighborhood with that. It was very cute but wouldn't work for where we live. Streets around us are far too busy.
Our daughter flies up about every 6 weeks to check on her dad. She would need a car to drive to do errands for us. Perhaps it would be cheaper to rent a car when she's here.
Do you think I'm stuck with having to buy another car before I die?
What do old people do when they can no longer want to drive?
Do you ever think about this kind of stuff?