Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 236: Too Much Driving

One of the things I appreciate about where we live in downtown Sacramento is that we usually don't need to drive much during the week, although Mr. E now has to commute to work again.  Otherwise, I walk, bike, or take light rail to work; our gym is just two blocks away; and I can do errands during the day or on my way home, such as getting stamps or mailing a package at Downtown Mail, stopping by CVS for a prescription or some OTC items, getting cash from the Wells Fargo ATM, or even going in person to the Sacramento Ballet box office if I need to purchase or change our tickets.

In contrast, almost every type of errand requires a car ride here in Marshfield.  Technically, there is a branch Post Office within walking distance (1/4 mile), but it's got limited hours.  And next door to the Post Office is a Package Store (the Massachusetts term for independent stores that sell mostly alcohol and other stock that's sort of similar to a typical convenience store).  Otherwise, the next closest businesses are down at the Brant Rock Esplanade, which is about 1 mile away.  That's more of a bike ride than a walk, but the road leading there isn't a terribly safe or comfortable place to bike.

So I'm looking forward to going home so that I can avoid too much driving again!


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