Car(e) Free Los Angeles: The Wong Sans Wheels Chronicles #1

August 16th, 2008 → 1 Comment


This made the horrendous walk from the bus stop a little bit better. It took me 3 hours to get to and from an audition today. aaah…… But at least I got to read the paper?

The idea of owning a car again makes me so nauseous. I just think of my car on fire and the tally in my head yesterday: “Those tires– $200, there goes the hose I just replaced– $240, oh and $40 in fuel… and… and … and….”)

I think I am going to actually go car- free in Los Angeles. Or… try this at least.

Lemons from Lemonade. Folks have been quite encouraging today over Facebook that I somehow turn this into a show. How the hell am I going to get to the theater?

I’m going to blog about my new car free existence with the above title… “Car(e) Free Los Angeles: The Wong Sans Wheels Chronicles.”

I kinda wish I was car free last year when I was on tour most of the time and didn’t need to be paying for an unused car parked in my carport. But this is how the world works… not timed in our favor.

I’ve been running down my options for getting around: Flex car, bus, bike, walk, borrow friend’s car, catch rides, car service and taxi. I have a rather large headache thinking about how I will manage those monster days when I have appointments in the Valley, then Hollywood, then Downtown back home. How I will watch theater shows out in the Valley, then go grocery shopping after, then stop by to see a friend for coffee.

It’s a little daunting to take on. I started to have what I like to think of as “crazy people thoughts” (and yes, these differ from thoughts I have on a day-to-day basis).

These are some of the “crazy people thoughts” I had today when considering my car-free life ahead of me.

1. “Maybe I should start dating someone who can give me rides around town.”
2. “Maybe I should date a guy with no job and a car who can live here with me in the apartment and can drive me around town when I need a ride.”
3. “Maybe I should have never broken it off with ____ from so many years ago. I could have used his car right now.”

No matter. I just have to do it. I’m going to try it for at least a month. Maybe if I am really good at this car free stuff, I can do it for the next four months until I leave on tour again.

And my friend Greg who is also car-less is coming over to keep me company. He left like 3 hours ago to get here by bus. And is not here yet. Oh boy.

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