Post details: WHAT!?!?! THE BUS GUY (and his wife) DON'T OWN A CAR!?!?!

09/20/06

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WHAT!?!?! THE BUS GUY (and his wife) DON'T OWN A CAR!?!?!

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WHAT!?!?! THE BUS GUY (and his wife) DON'T OWN A CAR!?!?!

General Lee

It's true! It's true!

I have lived all my life in "The Big City"... and due to this, I've never needed one. Public transit has always been my mode of travel.

Perhaps that's where the love of buses comes from...

Nah... if anything, our beloved Toronto Transit Commision's buses would turn most people off buses for life!!!

Kidding... to a degree...

The buses are fine, the drivers are great... but they are not the most expeditious way to travel... and other passengers can be... well... troublesome... but that's another blog entry.

...and it's the greener way to go for the environment... but that too is another blog entry...

...anyway...

It amazes me how many people are literally STUNNED that I've never held a driver's license for a car (I have had a motorcycle license for a while... I owned a Vespa P-200E Scooter in high school... pretty much like the one below...) and, stranger yet, that I don't own a car... and never have.

Vespa P-200E

My favourite moment came once from the captain of one of my re-enactment groups... We were in a car and he asked, "So, when are you getting your license back?"

I was kind of taken aback...

"I've never lost it." I explained, "I've always lived in Toronto and haven't really ever needed one."

He had "assumed" I had lost my license in some "nasty incident"... after all, how many (almost) forty-year olds do you know who don't drive?

Well, now you know one... or at least, one more.

He didn't know any... until then...

Munster Mobiles

Here's a weird one... Last night, my barber (who's shop is literally across the street) buzzed up to my apartment... he needed a "boost" for his dead battery.

It took me about ten minutes to convey to him that no, I don't own a car and therefore, no, I don't have jumper cables.

...and don't get me started about how often I'm asked for my "driver's license" as identification... and the odd looks I get when I report back, "I don't own one."

The Love Bug

You see, here's the dilemma...

As much as getting my license and owning a car would be GREAT, there's some pretty rough drawbacks for us...

#1: Parking We live more-or-less close to downtown. Parking is at a PREMIUM and a parking spot around here (even outdoors) runs around a minimum of $200 per month. Quite the expense!

#2: Insurance Since neither Sue nor I have driven with a full license before, (only learner's permits,) we were told to expect to pay about $400 or more per month for insurance.

#3: Gas Prices Although lately falling, it's still about a buck-a-litre here...

Yellow Rolls Royce

Now, a TTC "pass" is all of $100.00 per adult per month... and we don't have insurance, parking, or gas to worry about...

So therefore, even with a sudden "injection of money", I'm unlikely to say, "Hey! Let's get a car!"

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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So, those faithful readers who are regulars... you may be asking yourself... Then Why The Heck Do You Guys Want This Bus???

Well, first of all, I would get my license for it... heck, I have even been studying the "Bus Driver's Handbook" from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation... just in case... and considering the work that WOULD need to be done on it, it'll be sitting in my wallet for a long while waiting for repairs to be completed.

Secondly, we've already organized storage for the bus... (Thankfully, we have our choice of THREE locations to store her and fix her in...) therefore parking isn't an issue.

Thirdly, being a bus, it's not like we're planning on driving it to the office Monday through Friday... it would be conserved for weekends only... and even then, not every weekend...

Fourthly, believe it or not, due to our "usage", the age of the bus, and our ages, insurance on it should be less than a car!!! (I've spoken to three brokers and, provided we get the appropriate licenses AND "stay out of trouble" for a year, we should get a deal!)

...and lastly and most importantly, we all have a wee love affair with good ol' RLH 3 and don't wish to see her scrapped or carved up.

So, there you have it...

No, I don't own a car... I don't have a license (yet)... and I'm in no rush... unless, of course, by some miracle, we get the funds we need for good ol' RLH 3... and we think she's worth it!

...but oddly enough, a Buick Skylark isn't for us. :)

...nothing against Skylarks, of course!

...although I bet I'm gonna hear from Sue she want's the Munster Mobiles, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, and The Yellow Rolls Royce after seeing the above photos! :)

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Oh, as a kid... I did have a "dream car" and you can thank James Bond for that one too...

No, not the Aston Martin... although they were all damned fine cars!

It was a Lotus Esprit...

Lotus Esprit

The first Bond film I saw in the theatre was Moonraker which featured a Lotus Esprit... and as a mere lad of only twelve, I was smitten... I was massively in love with the car... and it's a love that holds out to this day...

On the rare occasion I see one, I kind of have a "moment", if you will... like being young again and seeing that girl you had a crush on in high school...

So, I guess if I ever win a BIG lottery or something, it'll be RLH 3 and a Lotus Esprit...

*Sigh!*

Sure, the Lotus does not have the same affect as seeing a fine double-decker... but it's VERY close! :)

Ahhh... youth.

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RLH 3

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Comments:

Comment from: Matt [Visitor] · http://imagitude.blogspot.com
Re: BlogMad, yeah - I can relate to not having the time to bother with it. While there certainly are some interesting sites in rotation, a lot of it is left-wing/right-wing politics and people talking about their pets.

I'm tempted to hire a child to do nothing but build BlogMad credits for me.
PermalinkPermalink 09/20/06 @ 19:49
Comment from: admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
Careful Matt... there's pretty tight restrictions on child labour laws in this country... and surfing through repeated American political blogs, regardless of pay, would be considered absolutely cruel and unusual...

...and you're saying you're tired of blogs about people's pet cats that wish to impeach Bush and how their dogs that feel that liberal leanings are handing over America to the terrorists?

...wait a second... I've put Max's picture up on this blog before...

...are you sayin'...

*sniff*

I'm hurt.
PermalinkPermalink 09/20/06 @ 21:37
Comment from: Matt [Visitor] · http://imagitude.blogspot.com
Ah, yes - but what right does your dog have to opine on the President?? Go back to Canuckistan, pinko!



Now, if your dog was a baseball journalist... :P
PermalinkPermalink 09/21/06 @ 14:40
Comment from: admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
Now, if your dog was a baseball journalist.

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