Saturday, July 21, 2012
To go along with today's status:
PILOTJESS is going to attempt to get to Wal-Mart today (to buy a bicycle). You wounldn't think it would require this much planning.
I feel this requires some explanation. I'm sitting on reserve in Cali. in a 2 bedroom apartment that I share with 11 other people. That's the only way to make it affordable when I'm on first year pay. I don't have a car out here, so getting around is strictly public transit and foot power. I'd like to expand my horizons, not to mention be able to get to a better grocery store than Walgreens, and I think the most economical way to do that will be a bicycle.
I went to the nearby bike shop, and they were helpful, friendly, and had financing options. I still had sticker shock. $600? Seriously? What does that bike have that I can't get on one from Wal-Mart/Target? Why do I need financing options? That kinda scares me.
Soooo, the nearest Wal-Mart is technically across the bay, but that's had to get across without a car, so the next nearest is 20 miles away, but it's at least just of the train line. I've checked the train schedule. The station isn't far, and they'll let me take the bike back on the train when it's time.
It's not the only reason I'm going. I need some new socks and yoga pants for out here, and I've always found what I like at Wal-Mart. Oh, and the bike will need accessories, a lock, a new helmet....
I know it's healthier, but my little suburbanite heart is weeping for the lack of car.
And if I don't find a bicycle I like, then I guess it's back to financing.