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May 21st, 2013 at 04:59 pm

This will be a somewhat challenging week. Without my car, I cannot grocery shop -- at least not very easily. There is a Walgreen's within walking distance, but only the pharmacy is open now while they are going through an extensive remodel. Jewel is about a one-half hour walk away, but the weather is hot and/or stormy -- and I don't even get home until six.

I bought breakfast at Corner Bakery this morning ($3) and a group is ordering pizza here at work for lunch -- I'm not sure yet what my share will be. I have supper planned at home -- a hamburger and green beans. I can actually eat the same meal all week long, as I have enough. It's lunch that will be the problem. I will scour the pantry tonight to see if there is anything I can throw together.

No word yet on the car, but I'm not expecting it yet. I did check out Amtrak. There is actually a stop that is only about 15 minutes away from the dealer, so I think I will have no problem getting someone to pick me up. The fare is only $11. The only hitch is that the train only goes there once a day, and it arrives there at 7. Service closes at 7:30 on the few days it stays open in the evening, so it will be cutting it close.

I CAN probably get someone to drive me, but I would rather not. The traffic is awful on that corridor. It's a lot to ask. It's Plan B.

3 Responses to “Carless”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    CB: Is there somewhere by the university you can shop? When I was in London I found carrying things home from central London was often faster and easier then always shopping near my flat.

  2. snafu Says:

    Experience taught me it was better to buy a few things daily than carry a heavy bag of groceries. If you have a backpack, it makes carrying less onerous. I'd opt for eggs, cheese, bagged salad, rolls...all light weight. When you get your car back, I'll nag you to create an emergency box of food for your pantry. Things can go so wrong so quickly it's imperative to have an emergency stash at home and in your car as well.

    I hope service manager will personally co ordinate and confirm pick up at the train station with dealership's shuttle service. Take your extra key - just in case. The bill can be paid on line with a CC if necessary.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    EC: It's a bit of a hike to any grocery from the College. There is a cafeteria on campus that sells a lot of "dorm" food, but since this is exam week the hours are funny. Anyway, the prices are high and the food is junk. But it is an option if I really run out.

    Snafu: I do have eggs and cheese plus the aforementioned hamburgers and green beans. Also found a can of ravioli. There is broccoli-cheese soup in the freezer (well, now it's thawing in the fridge.) I'll be okay. I just miss some things like bread, fresh fruits and veggies.

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