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Running on Empty: Sunday edition

Nothing in my spendidly leisurely day yesterday prompted me to run any practical errands. Today, I looked around the kitchen and consulted my stomach, and realized that I needed some food.

So my experiment today was running errands without a car on Sunday afternoon.

By the numbers:
  • Time I decided to run errands: 1:20
  • Time spent looking at the Tri-Met trip planner: 3 minutes
  • Time spent considering getting in my hot black car instead: 10 seconds
  • Time I left the house: 1:28
  • Distance from my house to the New Seasons Market: 2 miles
  • Outdoor temperature: 90F/32C
  • Total distance walked: 5 blocks
  • Number of buses ridden: 4
  • Total time spent waiting for buses: 6 minutes (two of the four buses were positively Stan Shunpike-ish in their prompt appearance)
  • Number of lemonade stands run by little girls shouting, "You can buy ice cold lemonade right here--but you don't have to!" encountered: 1
  • Time I came back through my front door laden with foodstuffs: 2:15
A whopping 55 minutes from conception to completion. All of the bus drivers were nice. The transit-tracker phone system and online trip planner were accurate. All the buses were air conditioned. Loads of people were riding.

So, Tri-Met. \o/

Notes to self:
  • Ninety degree days need more planning. Bringing ice cream home is not an option, and milk and meat could be iffy
  • Ten pounds of flour and the jumbo jar of peanut butter are probably best obtained on a separate trip. Nearly tore the furoshiki--not to mention some arm muscles.
  • Remember your water bottle. Hoo boy.
  • Make a list. Make a list. Make a list. You forgot at least three things.


Jul. 14th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I found an insulated bag at Trader Joe's for $1.50. It is perfect for getting dairy foods home on hot days. Your trip sounds very organized, even if you did forget a few items. Yes, I would certainly save the big items for a trip with your Sis where you are sharing a ride. It makes the trip home pretty long when you are lugging a heavy load.

You are making great strides towards releasing the dependance on a car though. My hat is off to you girl!
Jul. 14th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Getting cold food home is only an issue a few times a year, really. I rarely buy frozen food, and I can get dairy at my corner Whole Foods (until I finally source raw milk--still want to do that). So really, it should only be an issue on those rare days when it's really hot AND I'm buying meat.

I'm pretty happy with how it's going so far. And I'm certainly in good company! The sidewalks, bike lanes and buses are alive with activity these days. It's nice.



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