Skip to main content

Low Car Diet - A little road bump

So far, I'm loving Zipcar. I had to use it twice this week to go to my tutoring appointments.
I logged on, reserved a Mazda 3, named "Merlin," at 28th and J. At my reservation time I held my zip-card over the card reader and unlocked the doors.
I had an appointment at 4:00 p.m. about 20 minutes away, so I picked up the car at 3:30. I drove over to my appointment, enjoying the AC and the stereo. It was a fun drive.
I get to my appointment and my student's mom is running out the door to work. She assures me my student will be dropped off by her cousin in no time and her boyfriend will home soon as well (I'm not a babysitter, there always needs to be a parental unit around when I'm tutoring). So I wait and wait and 4:15 rolls around. This means I've been stood-up and I'm free to go.
So I get back in my Zipcar and realize --- I have not reason to have this car for another two hours! I call Zipcar and they inform me once the reservation is made you have to pay for it. Great!
I'm wracking my brain trying to think of some large purchase I need to make or some errand I need to run... nothing comes to mind. I head over to Cost Plus World Market to price out patio furniture. Nothing strikes my fancy.
So then I go to Target and buy some tiny hooks for my closet (to hang my necklaces on) and Milanos cookies... I really didn't need a car for those purchases.
I returned the car 15 minutes early and went home a little annoyed at the whole situation.
My wheels!
This is the fourth time this one student has stood me up - so I informed my employer I would no longer be providing services for this student and now the only other student I'm tutoring is within biking distance - meaning I can reserve Zipcar use for fun things or running errands and picking up large objects.
I think if one can eliminate all regular car trips and use the Zipcar on only special occasions - this is a very doable and economical transportation solution. We'll see how the next couple weeks work for me. Today I have to bike out to Arden and Del Paso. Should be fun!

If you want to join zipcar use the link before to get $25 in driving credit!

Join Zipcar and get $25 in free driving!


I'm so happy Sacramento finally has car sharing.

We'll try it out at some point.
Lynn said…
No zipcars in Hawaii, but I have my awesome bike with saddlebag baskets and a bus pass. We do have one car between us I can use if I need to.
Sarah said…
I have always wondered about zipcars! I will never use one but it is good to know ther are avaliable to those who need them!

My new blog: The House That Ag Built

Popular posts from this blog

Firefly Portraits: The Crew of Serenity

I've been heard at work making this fun posters featuring the crew of Serenity with memorable quotes.
I've done everyone except Simon, mostly because I haven't found a compelling quote from him yet.
So here's a long graphic of all the posters, perfect for pinning! (hint hint).
Right now you can get $5 off any of these great prints, t-shirts or tote bags in my Society6 shop.
If you like this, don't hesitate to share it amongst your sci-fi loving friends.

Which quote/illustration combo is your favorite?

I Shot First - A Han Solo Halloween

This past Halloween I wanted to do something inherently sexy. Who is sexier than Han Solo? Answer: no one.

I started with pictures of Han. Specifically from "A New Hope."

Here are the elements: Off white, mandarin-collar shirt Black/navy vestDark pants with red stripesBlack boots (I already owned a pair)Belt and holsterBlaster
I started at Thrift Town, where I found a pair of dark slacks, a shirt, and a black suede jacket. I think I spent around $12. I cut the sleeves off the jacket and used red duct tape for the stripes. 
I ordered a toy blaster online, it only comes in white and orange. So I had to spray paint it. I used this tutorial.

If I was going to go further with this costume I'd make a replica of the belt, like this awesome woman did.

Luke really wanted to be Luke this year. His costume was a little more tricky. We bought a karate uniform online, he used a pair of khaki pants he already had and we tried to make the boots out of Ace Bandages, but that didn't w…

Guest Post - Hand-made roll-up panniers by Libby Bowles

It's bike month everyone! Don't forget to check out, and register to win prizes and such. In other exciting news, my amazing friend Libby can do anything! She saw my post about panniers a while back and got it in her head to make a pair of these roll-up brooks brand panniers - and she did. Here's the story:
Hey there Melody,  Remember these (Brooks roll-up panniers)?Well, I was so in love that I decided to make my own. They still need a few finishing touches but I was so excited I just had to show you. 
I'm going to Tandy Leather on Monday to get the studs for the little internal straps and maybe get a set of leather handles to sew on top so I can carry them like a satchel while shopping.  I made the pattern based on the size of a paper grocery bag so they should be big enough for two full bags of groceries! I think they look perfect on my Gazelle, don't you? (Yes, they look amazing).
I wanted to make them a little prettier on the inside so …