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    And god forbid you should need to ask other people for rides.  Working a campaign job, I sprained my ankle badly.  My commute involved a train and a bus and a quarter mile walk - impossible when I could barely limp across the house to get to the bathroom on my crutches.  I became dependent on friends to get me to work, and co-workers to get me home - but the "someone" who would drive me home invariably became "someone else"; only two or three out of an office of twenty-five or thirty were ever willing. Then they started to resent me for not finding someone else.  It was all my problem and all my fault.  They owned the cars, and I didn't - so I was nobody worth their time to help.

    How can we get over it when people died for the right to vote? -- John Lewis

    by furryjester on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 07:22:57 AM PST

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    •  I live in L.A. (none)
      and I've never had a car. And I'm getting up there age-wise. I refuse to ask my friends for any rides. During the transit strike a couple of years ago I walked 3 miles over the hill into Glendale every morning (and back every evening) and caught the Glendale bus, which wasn't on strike. Those same lovely Glendale drivers would drop me off right at my work (instead of the next block where the stop was) when I had my sprained foot.

      If I have to, I'll take taxis. Grocery stores now deliver (except Trader Joe's, damn them), so that's no longer a problem. And Christmas shopping? Ever hear of the Internets?

      People used to think I was crazy, but I tell them I pay only $26 a month for transportation (subsidized bus pass). They certainly can't top that. Between gas, insurance, and upkeep, they are paying a huge chunk of change every month for the privelege of driving.

      "I am Joe's raging bile duct."

      by Floja Roja on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 06:51:20 PM PST

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