“This curious world which we inhabit is more wonderful than it is convenient…”
for the past six months, i’ve almost entirely let my car sit in front of the house and gotten around by buses and trains. so far, there hasn’t been a single occasion on which i had to use the car, but i use it once every week or two to keep it healthy. whether i’ll keep it remains open to consideration. 
the disadvantages of relying on public transportation are obvious. for those thinking about doing it more often in order to save money, the environment, or sanity, i’d like to offer the lighter side of it with this selection of random thoughts:
once you step off the bus, you’re done. you don’t have to check its tire pressure, top off the fluids, change its oil, or pay your mechanic an extra $300 because he found calcification between the rotary embiosilator and the flange caps of the rear internal transience conductors.
most of the time, it’s not raining. (corollary: if there are two feet of snow on the ground, you should stay home anyway.)
you don’t need to carry insurance on the train. not even collision.
people rarely get out of their cars at traffic lights and get on the bus to confront you because they think you cut them off.
you may be too tired to drive. you’re never too tired to ride the bus.
you should not read or write while driving. you can finish a lot of books on the bus.
you never have a good conversation with other drivers. you do with other riders.
if the bus breaks down, you can get some more reading done while you sit on it and wait for the replacement. you don’t have to pay to have it towed and repaired.
what’s the ratio of bus accidents to car accidents?
if the bus is in an accident, it will usually win, and with less damage to your person and property.
walking to the train station is better exercise than walking to the car.
| $4 gas
+ $2 tunnel toll
+ $2 tunnel toll
+ $? car wear and tear
|$3.50 all-day pass|
the train may not go where you want, but it goes there directly.
your fellow riders may be as crazy as your fellow drivers, but they don’t have a ton of metal at their disposal, they have to confront you face-to-face, and they’re surrounded by a lot of witnesses.
you may or may not have a cellphone in your car. the bus driver definitely has a radio to call for help, and is trained to handle all sorts of emergencies.
would you rather break down in a bad neighborhood in a bus or alone in your car?
you’ll never forget where you parked your bus.
no one will break into or steal your bus.
you won’t get a parking ticket or have to pay to get your bus out of the impound lot.
no one will ever ask you whether you have any grey poupon.