My New Car

August 18th, 2012
car2go smartcar

car2go in Toronto

I recently signed up for car2go in Toronto (which lets me use them in Vancouver and Calgary as well, but not the US). It’s very similar to the bike rental stations that I’m seeing pop up everywhere. I took my first trip yesterday, so here are my thoughts.

One, it’s a great little car for the city. (Not for Costco trips, however!) The per-minute cost is low, when you consider that you don’t have to pay for: gas, insurance, maintenance, PARKING!

Free parking is available at all the Green P parking lots, of which there are many. And parking fees in Toronto are outrageous.

There are currently 200 smartcars available in town, and there are 2 lots a couple blocks from me. I picked one up (after several errors, I called & was told it was malfunctioning, so walked next door to find another.) Then I drove it downtown to another lot and left it there (another glitch; the machine ate my free parking card & the attendant had to rescue me.)

After a couple hrs of shopping & messing around, I went back to the same lot, and picked one of the 2 cars there (I could have reserved, but chose not to) Hopped in, and away I went (after dealing with the parking attendant again.)

Yes, there are some glitches, but the system is new here. Customer service was very responsive. I think I’ll be using it more, especially for trips downtown, where parking is at a premium.

I love the idea of  having a car when I want one, but not having to pay the overhead for just occasional use.

** Update: car2go just phoned me today to follow up on all the mishaps. They also gave me a 15 minute credit, which was very nice of them. So far, I’m very impressed with the customer service.

*** Am considering taking car2go to the buskerfest down @ St Lawrence market this weekend. I love not having to worry about parking!

Summer in the City

July 9th, 2012

Caprese on a stick

It has been so long since I’ve posted! Many of you are friends on Facebook, so know a little about what I’m up to, but for those who count on the blog- everything’s OK! No, it’s better than ok, it’s fantastic.

This year, I’m visiting in Toronto, and using it as a base for explorations with TMIML. That’s “The man in my life” who did not sign up to star in my blog, so I’m respecting his privacy.

This last wkend, we went to the Mariposa Folk Festival, which was terrific. The weather was absolutely perfect on Sunday and the performers were top notch. Two things I liked especially were Al Simmons’s act- total goofy genius- and a presentation about a new bio of Steve Goodman, by Clay Eels. (Steve Goodman is the guy who wrote “City of New Orleans” among other songs.)

I’m really enjoying the hot weather. Unlike Port Townsend, there is air conditioning most places. But it’s so nice to be able to wear summer clothes… instead of just the lighter-weight polar fleece.

We’ve spent several weekends in cottage country north of Toronto, and are going up again this wkend, to a camp. It’s quite common for kids to spend a good part of the summer at camp. That seems to be more of a tradition in the East. At any rate, it should be a good time. Maybe I’ll bring some Peeps to roast over the campfire…

That’s all for now!

It was very quiet in Pt Townsend…

February 6th, 2012

Because all the usual suspects were partying in San Miguel de Allende, at RB’s casita. For such a small town, Pt Townsend contributes a lot to the winter migration to San Miguel.

It makes sense, because both are small towns with a high percentage of what they call “cultural creatives.” (I recommend that book highly, and yes, I read the whole thing.)

We (all of the above, plus other cultural creatives, including TMIML- the man in my life) had a terrific lunch, and then the pattern shifted, as it always does. Someone comes to town, someone leaves town.

Our next adventure was to Guadalajara, Sayulita & Tlacqepacque. Now we’re back in San Miguel, and not only the cast, but the weather has changed. Last night and tonight, we’re having major thunderstorms, which I love (once all the computers are unplugged.)

And we’re getting ready for visitors… My sister from NH has a friend coming down, and TMIML’s musical partner arrives Thurs for a few days. In the meantime, I’m going to try to make lemon curd. Stay tuned!

* Oh, mom update! She’s back to almost normal, just using a cane until her muscle mass is back. But she can drive & cook & do all the things she did before.  (Still can’t play the violin.) Hooray!

Welcome, Parker James!

January 15th, 2012

So, as of last night, I’m a grandma! Here’s the scoop, from Parker’s dad who is a PR guy- of course a very tired and excited one, but he works well under pressure.

Isn’t this a great picture of the new family? They are all three so beautiful. I’m feeling so fortunate that I was able to share in the excitement thru the miracle of internet/skype/and all that.

As much as I love Mexico, my heart is in Seattle right now. Welcome to the world, Parker James, and I’ll be there to hold you in April. XOXO