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fat hiker

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Correct, and correct.

And yes, yes, and yes (so far biking 2-3 days a week, sometimes biking one way and using rack-and-roll to bus the other way, occasionally just taking the bus, and driving 1-2 days a week).

As the weather gets colder and they take the bike racks off the buses, the biking will fade out for the season, and I'll have to make the hard decision on how much I bus vs how much I drive.
- Since I'm going against the worst of the traffic flows I can generally drive in 20 minutes, while the bus is a ten minute walk and forty minute bus ride plus any waiting time, so the car is a lot faster.
- The car gives me somewhat more flexibility in my timing, although there are fairly regular buses for me.
- I figure driving costs me 3-3.50 in gas, plus car wear and tear, while going by single rides costs 6.70 for the day. So the car is some amount cheaper, (less so if I take the bus every day and get a monthly pass)
- I don't particularly enjoy driving, I don't like being a wasteful single driver commuter, and loathe sitting in traffic. On the other hand I enjoy the walk to/from the transitway and once on the bus I can read, doze, people-watch, or read Dimensions on my phone -- all things I enjoy!
$3-3.50 in gas, so double that for wear/tear/depreciation on the car, making the bus and the car about the same price. (Are you getting free parking at work?? I notice you don't quote a parking charge. Benefit of working at a company so far out in the 'burbs?)

If you rarely or never drove to work, you could cut your car insurance cost (probably in half), by having the car only insured for leisure - but that would cut your flexibility too.

And I have to agree that sitting in traffic is such a waste of time, when one could be reading/studying/dozing/planning/people watching/doing crossword puzzles on the bus!
 

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$3-3.50 in gas, so double that for wear/tear/depreciation on the car, making the bus and the car about the same price. (Are you getting free parking at work?? I notice you don't quote a parking charge. Benefit of working at a company so far out in the 'burbs?)

If you rarely or never drove to work, you could cut your car insurance cost (probably in half), by having the car only insured for leisure - but that would cut your flexibility too.

And I have to agree that sitting in traffic is such a waste of time, when one could be reading/studying/dozing/planning/people watching/doing crossword puzzles on the bus!
Nobody pays for parking out here. (and the parking lots are generally much larger than they need to be, too. The amount of asphalt over what could be green space really bugs me.) Which of course just encourages more car commuting (and given the back-ups on March Road .... they should stop encouraging that)

I've not actually told my insurance agent about the change of work situation -- it has been so long since I drove to work with any frequency that I'd actually forgotten all about that. Oops! Well, I can claim with some justice that so far that I'm not regularly driving. But I will get on that.

Were my trip reversed it would include a lot more traffic jams and likely some sort of fee for parking, and the bus would be a slam dunk better solution. Right now I want it to be the better solution, but I feel like I have to add quite a bit of 'public good' to the equation to make it tip to the bus's favour :-/
 

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The institution I'm looking to study at part-time next year has an absolutely horrible track record when it comes to responding to queries from (prospective) students. The phone just rings, plus they've managed to ignore 2 emails and a Whatsapp from me. Their Facebook page is littered with people complaining about this. And they're essentially my only option in Cape Town for what I want to study.

I can't resist the temptation to say.... this feels all too South African :mad:
 

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There are bees in my apartment - I am torn about smashing them with a broom or being a kind gentle person and shooing them out the door.... The broom is winning.
 

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I swear this new is going to be the death of me. I don't even have the time to chat on here anymore.[emoji36]

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The brain-dead mindless repetition that "thin=healthy"
always. Seriously, have you ever heard or seen the phrase "getting healthy" used to mean anything other than losing weight? And "eating better" never means eating in a way that brings joy to one's life or represents a good relationship with food, rarely does it even mean better quality of food or better balanced meals, nope all "eating better" boils down to 9 times out of 10 is simply eating fewer calories. Think about all the different diets out there, the various things ppl put themselves through to "get healthy": Eliminating entire food groups from one's diet, obsessively tracking,
counting and recording every calorie consumed, living in a state of chronic hunger for so long that the ability to even interpret the body's hunger and fullness signals is lost, liquid diets, restricting calories so severely that one's metabolism believes a famine is occurring and adjusts accordingly, fasting for hours or days or weeks,
HAVING ONE'S BODY SLICED OPEN AND THE STOMACH CUT IN FREAKING PIECES! Now think about how ppl react if a person who's already very thin does these things. One person's eating disorder is another person's "healthy lifestyle",
no?
 

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One person's eating disorder is another person's "healthy lifestyle",
no?
'Health', like 'God' is a term that has no generally agreed-on definition: you can use it to mean practically anything. This promotes many stimulating arguments which produce more heat than light. :rolleyes:
 

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I've had to really think and define for myself what I consider healthy eating/lifestyle over the past few years. I actually used to have an eating disorder and I'm not going to lie, even though it was about six years ago now I'm only just starting to get over the physical health consequences of it.

For me, healthy eating means more fresh stuff, especially fruit and vegetables and nuts and less processed sugars. It means drinking more fluids and making sure that I eat at least three meals a day. I actually eat more food in terms of volume eating this way but all my blood test results show that my body loves me for it.
 

RentonBob

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I went to the Honda dealer near me because the radio in my car died. Honda always seems to put these really weird radio setups in their cars. I asked how much it would be to have the radio replaced and the guy told me the radio alone would be over $1000 for just a simple radio/CD player... WTF!

I took it to a business that does car radio installs near me and while I had to have the radio installed in a different compartment with a kit it was only $250 all included.

What a racket Honda has going on...
 

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I went to the Honda dealer near me because the radio in my car died. Honda always seems to put these really weird radio setups in their cars. I asked how much it would be to have the radio replaced and the guy told me the radio alone would be over $1000 for just a simple radio/CD player... WTF!

I took it to a business that does car radio installs near me and while I had to have the radio installed in a different compartment with a kit it was only $250 all included.

What a racket Honda has going on...
How does it sound compared to the factory setup?
 

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I am unhappy with the current state of communication in the digital world. “Hey” “Hi” “How U” and “How many donuts can u eat”. Are not ways to begin conversations. Just saying... I think I may be getting old.
 

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I am unhappy with the current state of communication in the digital world. “Hey” “Hi” “How U” and “How many donuts can u eat”. Are not ways to begin conversations. Just saying... I think I may be getting old.
Strangely I’m ok with how many donuts can you eat. I’d say I’m good for between 6-8 in one pop. How about you? :D
 

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Strangely I’m ok with how many donuts can you eat. I’d say I’m good for between 6-8 in one pop. How about you? :D
Doughnuts over here generally come in packs of 5 so that is my limit whether I want it to be or not. :p
 

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Doughnuts over here generally come in packs of 5 so that is my limit whether I want it to be or not. :p
Christmas is coming: hint, loudly and frequently, how much you want a deep-fat fryer. Then go online to allrecipes.com and download whichever doughnut recipe takes your fancy! :eat2:
 
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