One of the things I have loved about living in the city is not having to rely on a car. I love being able to get places by fairly reliable, though sometimes inept, public transportation. While carrying the kids up and down the subway stairs is not ideal, it has been a great way to get around. We haven't been severely impacted by the high gas prices. We're helping the environment. We don't have to put kids in and out of car seats. We haven't had to deal with parking a car.
So, what did we do this last week? In what has been called, "the most spontaneous things I have ever done, " by Monica who knows how indecisive I can be, we bought ourselves a 2003 Town and Country Minivan. CRAZY, I KNOW!
Last week, 2 days before our trip to Martha's Vineyard, I visited Monica out on Long Island, at her beautiful new home, who mentioned a van they were selling for some friends and asked if I knew anyone interested? I thought about it and saidI would ask around. She proceeded to tell me what is was going for, and I couldn't believe it. I started thinking about the possibility of owning a car in the city. It was something we had considered for further down the line. It all seemed to make sense to me. We have been renting cars pretty regularly. We have wanted it more now that we have two kids. We feel we received a great deal and it justified the purchase now as opposed to later. So, after a day and a half of craziness we were able to insure, register, and drive home our new minivan. We were even able to drive it on our trip!
So, I have begun the parking game. I am attempting to park in on the street since garages near us cost $450 a month. So, I have to move it at least 2x a week and up to 4 depending on how I play the game. We'll see how it goes! We have already received a ticket. It was a "welcome to New York with a car" present. I case you were wonderning, we are still planning on using public transport as our primary mode of transportation!
Boyd has never owned a car until now. I am sure he probably would have hoped for a better first car than a minivan. :)