I have a car, sort of. I have a car that belongs to my father, but could belong to me the day I decide I want it to. I “borrow” the car when necessary, which is rarely, and I use it for the occasional drive to visit friends, or if I don’t want to take the bus back to Boston, or it’s looking like a beach week.
This is in sharp contrast, of course, to the last time I lived in the States (back when gas was in the $2 range); then, I drove daily to work, hundreds of miles on the weekends, and on a significantly smaller salary than I make now.
If I were to drive now the way I did then, I’d be spending well over $100 a week on gas. My current driving habits cost me less than $15, and I buy a monthly subway pass for $59. And I walk a lot. And I make, literally, 400% more money than I did in 2005 (but if you knew what I did in 2005, that wouldn’t seem like oh-so-much money).