Tuesday, 5 March 2013


There was a bit of a miscommunication between me and my car - the outcome was that it was sold as scrap.  Evidently those warning lights are for real and shouldn't be dismissed as an electrical malfunction.

So I've done without a car.  Living more than ten kilometres from town (and the nearest shop) made this seem daunting, initially, but it's not been bad.

The main downside is that getting places requires a bit more resourcefulness, and forethought.  Rain is another problem.

On the upside:

  • no registration or warrant of fitness costs.
  • no insurance to pay.
  • no tyres, batteries, oil, filters, coolant, brake fluid to renew.
  • no petrol
  • the extra walking and cycling have given me a new perspective on my surroundings, and there's less of me too.
  • sharing vehicular transport is a good way to get time to think, and to make friends.

Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army - The Pleasure Principle, 1979


  1. Armchair, you need one of these http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2011/10/folding-bike-fun.html

  2. The whole episode has taught me about what I don't need. Not in a happy clappy save the world way, I think I've been ruthlessly pragmatic.