Eight years ago, February 14, 2001, I picked up my brand new car, a Silver Volvo S-40. Last night, almost to the hour, I got in and took a picture of the mileage. 45, 978 miles in 8 years. That is less than 5,800 miles per year. And for the past six years I have shared the car with the B-man. What does all that mean?
I am clearly cutting down on pollution, California emissions standards or not. I am not contributing to the parking or traffic challenges that we face in West Hollywood. In fact, I am helping. Am I supporting the local economy? To quote a recent VP candidate, “You betchya!” I eat at local restaurants, shop at the Mom & Pop stores, get my household goods from Target and my hardware supplies from Koontz. And if you are a regular reader you know that Trader Joe’s keeps me well stocked. Until last summer I worked for a company based in the city. Now I work from home. The non-profit organization that I served on the board, The Trevor Project, I had a hand in moving them into the city four years ago. My point? It can be done. I’m a neighborhood kind of guy. I bet that you can be too. I hope to see you on the streets sometime.