I sold my car about two years ago. After having had one for over ten years, I thought that the transition to public transportation would be a lot harder than it turned out to be. I really can't tell you though how liberating it is not have a vehicle, especially in New York City.

No more parking tickets. No more waking up at stupid o'clock in the morning to beat the alternate side parking Nazis. No more bridge tolls. No more hunting for parking spots for two hours after coming home from dancing (true story). No more traffic on the FDR. Do I really need to go on because I can if you want me to?

There is, like, no good reason to have a car in The Big Apple. My Love Cub and I have been managing just fine without it, too. Sure, we have to leave a little earlier to get into the city to play, but we can sleep on the train...and we don't have to deal with traffic. Since we don't have $800 in monthly car expenses anymore, we can afford to splurge on cabs every now and again, too. All in all, it's a good thing, but there are some days when we want to be where we want to be without having to spend 239845 hours traveling. A Vespa would take care of that.

It's NOT a motorcycle! I have to keep reminding myself of that fact so I can really wrap my head around the idea of getting myself behind the "wheel" of one. We've been thinking about getting one so we can cruise around or get from point A to point B a little quicker. Plus, it's not a car and doesn't come along with all of one's issues. 

Do any of you own a Vespa? Are there any pros/cons you can share with me to help us come to a decision about what to do. Part of me likes the freedom of not having any kind of vehicle, but the other part is convinced that Wil and I would look adorable riding a scooter on the streets of Manhattan...oh, and it's convenient. Weigh-in on this subject, will ya?

1 comment

Jennifer said... July 14, 2011 at 9:14 AM

When I lived in the Bronx and well pretty much most of my life up until a couple of years ago (moved into westchester), I didn't have a car or license. It was much easier to get around AND you got more exercise in my opinion. Since I've started driving, I've gained weight.

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