My parents both died in late 2013 and I took over my father’s car, a then~perfect 2001 Saturn. It lasted until June of last year, when it fell apart completely on me. I often think that Maybe it’s not quite the best Decision I’ve ever made, but now I walk absolutely constantly, to anyplace that’s within walking distance. That includes both St. Mary of the Isle, where I attend Mass regularly, and the local soup kitchen, where I work. Since I can’t walk everywhere, I now use Lyft for trips to places that are farther away than my feet can handle.
So far, my experiences with Lyft have been quite nice, with only one slight problem. Last Wednesday night, during a snowstorm I wanted a ride to my Knights of Columbus council. I got a driver who was an exceptionally talkative young black guy. He said he was from Brooklyn (his accent was more like Jamaica in the Caribbean), and didn’t know Long Beach well. I understood, but still wasn’t so crazy about the fact that he drove into oncoming traffic on Long Beach Road. I was forced to Chide him a little.
On the Bright side, I’ve always been able to count upon quite a Smooth Ride. I can easily overlook that one minor Trial. Considering that I first got a license in my late teens, life without a car is quite a new and confusing experience, but I consider it Just one more of many I’ve been through over the years. Maybe the Tide will turn in the Wormhole that is my life, and I’ll get another car. Until then, I can just consider my circumstances to be a metaphorical Tithe I can quite easily and happily pay.