Current mood: argumentative
Through an odd quirk of fate, I found myself parked for an hour in a new-car showroom this afternoon. I'd accompanied someone to a meeting near Greensburg, and as it was OK by me for him to run this errand at a Honda dealer, I brought along some stuff to do.
Mainly transit stuff, of course. Where else but in a car dealership would one work on public transit activities?
Also while there, and while my friend waited for his car to be worked on, we talked about ZipCar®. While rates vary by city, in essence you pay a one-time and/or an annual fee for the privilege of being able to rent a car by the hour. In Pittsburgh, it's a one-time $25 fee, an annual $50 fee, then about $10/hour. Kinda pricy, but a pile cheaper than the cost of owning a car, especially a second car.
Think about that. With ZipCar®, and public transit, and of course bicycles, there really is not much need to buy a new car. The cheapest car in the room was about $18K.
You see the irony in that, of course: I'm doing my level best to make cars unnecessary, in the mouth of the demon itself.