Before I get started I want to point out that Migrating Millers is celebrating two milestones today. On 21 October, 2012 this post went up as the inaugural post of the blog. Now, on Migrating Millers second birthday I this current post is the 100th post on the blog. Double milestone!
Ok, now for today's post:
Back in the states I owned two cars. In fact, they were both paid off completely when we made aliyah. Xavier, my 1997 Honda Civic EX was our first car and it rode like a champion. That little bugger got over 30 miles to the gallon on the highway, sometimes as much as 36 (that's about 13 to 15 kilometers per liter for all you metric folks). My favorite thing about it though was the moon roof. Man I loved that thing.
And of course there was Shachori, our 2007 Honda Fit Sport. We brought her home in a snowstorm and she was our tried and true roadtrip car for a good long while. We put many loving miles into that car, and I even had my only ever accident in it (I sideswiped my dads car when I took him out for a drive right after I brought it home).
All that being said, I LOVE NOT HAVING A CAR ANYMORE! Have you ever thought about the various things you can do during a 45 minute morning commute other than driving? I've gotten hours of homework done that I would've otherwise had to do late at night. I've finished books faster because I can read my kindle quite easily during my trip. I can talk hands-not-free (quietly) and not have to worry about watching the road as well. Not to mention I don't have to pay for gas (twice the price here as in the states), don't have to pay for inspections (as much as $800 once), and don't have to replace busted tires (7 over the last 4 years) or batteries (2 or 3, I can't remember now).
Thankfully I live in a very central area and getting buses to places isn't all that hard. I feel blessed to not own a car anymore, and I hope that some day, if I get a car again, I'll remember and keep in mind how much I love taking the bus.