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Much easier here, obviously, than in Little Rock. Faithful readers may recall that we lived quite successfully in LR without a car, among another items, which was quite a surprise given how car-intensive the city is. It helped that we lived in an apartment within walking distance of a grocery store and post office, and on a major bus line.

So not only does DC have an extensive public transport system, there's also Zipcar and Flexcar. I've convinced M to wait six months or so before deciding to buy a car since we have so many more options here.

Only problem is the grocery store. There's Murry's only a couple of blocks away, and I would go there to support a local business, except that there's such a limited selection and poor quality of goods. We end up slogging our way via Metro and bus to Safeway. If there was a direct bus it'd be a lot easier, but there isn't, alas. Alternatively I ordered from safeway.com and the goodies are to arrive this evening. Free delivery on the first order! The normal delivery charge is about $10, which is about the same as for MB and I to go to and from the grocery store on public transport. Hopefully the grapes on sale won't be crushed.
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On May 15th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
Hey, you're in Washington DC now, right? Adam's headed there and looking for tourist advice:
http://blogbilongadam.blogspot.com/2007/05/mr-villani-goes-to-washington.html
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On May 16th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yep! Gave my $0.02 on Adam's blog.
On May 16th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC), clynne replied:
Awesome! Thanks!
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On May 16th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks for the tip!
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On May 17th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
zap your car for zipcar
Consider what you're missing in not owning a car: insurance payments (and in DC, they can't be cheap), $4.00/gallon gas, bi-annual vehicle maintenance, monthly trips to the car wash (weekly during the winter), and time wasted trolling for a parking space. Flexible mobility is nice, but so is sanity. That's why I'm looking forward to moving to an urban area where I can give up my two-car/household life.
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