Carless not careless
We gave up our car this past week, sold it to Liz's cousin who needed it much more than we did. Our new neighborhood's parking situation killed any desire to keep it. It simply no longer made economic sense, but it was a hard thing to do, especially when the car seemed intent on making it a long and difficult process. It failed it's smog test which led to costs higher than what we'd planned to sell it for, not to mention several frustrating days for Liz trying to deal with car mechanics. If you counted the maintenance we had earlier in the year and tickets, and insurance and all that good stuff we sold it for probably a third of what we paid into it.
Both of us drove it around the last couple days timidly, fully expecting it was going to get hit by another car, have a window broken, be towed or something else to further incur hardship and pain.
Liz's cousin was very excited to have it, and in the end, I think we feel good about it being in her hands. In lieu of our own car we are now signed up for City Car Share which provides cars, insurance, and gas to get you around the city and locally on short hops. We'll see how it goes, but I have high hopes for it -- even though it means we have to plan our car trips more carefully.