Saturday, August 17, 2002
CarSharing / European leisure ethic
Since I don't have a garage, and parking around Alamo Square can be next to impossible by evening, I joined City CarShare which allows me to reserve either online or via phone a VW Jetta station wagon whenever I need it. Never thought I'd get into driving a station wagon but this one drives great and I love the blue light...OK, I'm blanking, what do you call the control panel thingi in front of you and behind the steering wheel with the odometer and other gauges etc.
It seems to be a great nonprofit that's been modeled after other car sharing organizations. Since each car is a very effective moving billboard which stands out now that all the dotcom wrapped cars are gone...except for the new T-Mobile cabs....which is selling the multipurpose handheld from Danger. What a name!
It felt great to drive around San Francisco yesterday. Traffic was very light everywhere -- Financial District, Union Square, Potrero Hill. It was strange. As if most of the had adopted the Europeans' prized leisure life.