I did something that is apparently radical in my industry. I sold my car, my 1987 Jaguar to be exact. The radical part was not buying a new one. A real estate agent without a car? How will you drive clients around? How will you carry your signs? What about the hills? How will you project the right image? (The last question is my favorite.) I don't know why this seems like the easiest thing in the world to do. I'll use car share of course! Duh. And when I don't need a car I'll ride my bike.
I got this *crazy* idea when Eric and I went to Amsterdam recently where EVERYBODY rides a bike. Rich people, poor people, mothers ride with two small kids one in the front and one in the back, people on cell phones, I mean everyone! And they all ride in style wearing heels, dresses, beautiful coats and suits. They ride in the cold, they ride bikes to work, out to eat, even grocery shopping. So, if the lovely people of Holland can do it why not me? San Francisco is beautiful most of the time and when it's not there is always car share.
So, off I went yesterday in my suit (and flats--I need to do this a little more before I graduate to heels) to an office meeting in Presidio and it was GREAT! I wasn't stuck in traffic. I didn't have to look around for parking. And it didn't take me as long as I thought, so okay, this is fun!
The great thing is, I can expense the car share charges like a car rental and never have to pay $250/month for parking ever again!
Now, do I choose Zip Car or City Car Share? I'll keep you posted!