Tuesday, July 31, 2007

We've Finally Caved

We've decided to buy a car.

We live in the middle of the city, about four blocks from work, so up until now we've figured we could get by without a car. Not having a car has saved money, but I think having a car will save my sanity some days, so the the whole sane thing? Yeah, it wins out.

So far, we've been relying on taxis, the occasional monorail ride and lots of miles in my pink Keens to get us from point A to point B. But I've realized that most of my pissiness usually stems from the inconvenience of not being able to get to various parts of town on a whim, without getting soaked or being interviewed by a taxi driver. Yes, walking is convenient sometimes, especially when traffic is snarled to a halt. But the rain often puts a damper on things. Get it? Damper. Ba duh bum. Plus, walking can get us to the grocery store, but not the grocery store that carries artichokes, which is a serious problem. It also doesn't get us to any malls that we like. Also a problem for me.

So another option is the monorail/subway (or whatever it's called in KL). Again, that gets us around the center of town, but it's not really convenient for most places we like to go. Plus, there is still walking involved from the station to our destination. So there's the rain factor there as well. Did I mention the rain here bounces off the sidewalk and back up on you? An umbrella is useless against a KL midafternoon downpour. Plus, all that humidity is bad for my hair, should we feel like getting gussied up for a nice dinner. And all the walking means that my sassy black heels don't get nearly enough wearing time.

Enter option #3. Taxis. I don't even need to explain why this is no longer an acceptable option.

So while C was here, we had a hair appointment out in Bangsar. Just as we were leaving the apartment to get a cab, it started to rain. So getting a cab wasn't going to happen. If you are running to the store, that's one thing, but when you have something that is timebound, it plain sucks. So I just hit my limit. I called M, and said "That's it, we are getting a car."

Okay, that comment was also partially driven by PMS, but it turns out that M was starting to think the same thing, so we are starting to browse around for cars. Neither one of us wants to spend a lot, nor are we particularly picky. It needs to be automatic, have seat belts, preferably airbags, a decent service record and can get us from point A to point B. So we are looking at little Kia hatchbacks and things like that. They are so tiny and cute, you can almost fit one in your purse.

It's a convenience thing, and I'm sure a control thing as well. I really think that this will really help me enjoy the city more. I may sit in traffic just as much as I would in a cab, but I'll be in my car, and it will have seatbelts and some excellent tuneage to distract me from the traffic and torrential rainstorms that we will inevitably encounter. I'm so excited!


At July 31, 2007 at 11:42 AM , Anonymous donna said...

Sounds like a good plan. Sometimes spending the money is just a good idea if it saves your sanity and makes you be able to tolerate where you live.


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