An eco-opportunity par excellence has presented itself:
A couple weeks ago I drove my Toyota Prius to Trader Joes... yes yes yes, I could have walked but it's a hybrid, damnit! Don't I at least get a few points for that?!
Sorry, I'm feeling a bit sensitive. Hormones.
Anyway, I was parked on the street facing east--I live west--so when taking my leave, I decided to save time and back up around the corner where I could then easily take a left/west, instead of pulling out/east and looping around the block in order to head home/west.
Smart girl! I slid into reverse, hit the gas, and slammed into an unseen telephone pole. Now, let us not ponder the sound of moving metal object hitting inert pole of wood, the rapt and unwanted attention from nearby shoppers, the incredible stupidity of the original time-saving idea, nor, most of all, the $2,000 + body shop estimate.
No. For our eco-purposes, I want to focus on what this would mean for my carbon footprint. Fixing the Prius will take, according to the super nice guy at CSI in Ballard, 5-7 business days. That would force me into a walking/busing/hitchhiking mode of transportation, and that, my friends, would look so most excellent in this blog!
The problem is that being car-less right now, at this time in my life, would be terribly inconvenient. Of course, that's what everyone says, but I really mean it!