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Poll results: How many miles do you put on your car in a week?

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  • 0 - Proud to be smog inducing automobile free

    4 8.51%
  • <100 - She gets me to work and the grocery store

    13 27.66%
  • 100 - 250 - I'm getting my oil changed 4 times a year at 3,000 miles

    15 31.91%
  • 250+ The attendant at my Sunoco knows my name and how I like my coffee.

    15 31.91%
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Thread: So how much do you drive your car?

  1. #26
    Cyburbian Dharmster's avatar
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    Not Much

    I take public transportation to work. I just switched jobs and now work for Amtrak. I have pass travel benefits on the train so I drive even less. I used to put about 7K a year on my car (about 30% being long trips). Now I'd say I'm more on a pace to less than 5K a year on my car. I may sell it next year, as I just don't drive enough to justify having a car.

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    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
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    No we made the final big split last night. God this sucks. Cant make the rent in DC on my planners pay. May be time to head to the dark side of the force. Hey i cant be had but i can be bought!

    Danielle
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    That sucks. I won't make any kitten-related comments though - I'll leave that to El Guapo.

    Maybe you can get a roomie!

  4. #29
    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
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    lol i dont kill cats, i leave that to my dogs
    Yha find better job then roomie. God i hate roomates! *and dating*

    Danielle whos feeling very alone in a huge ass city right now
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    No kitten comments here.

    Danielle,
    Better a few months alone than a relationship that is not working. I wish you the best and hope you find your soulmate sooner rather than later.

    There are plenty of jobs and low rental rates out here in the Midwest. Write if those of us in the Midwestern contengent can be of some assistance.

    EG

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    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
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    Thanks

    i love DC so ill hang in there. maybe find some hole in Dupont and live on the wilder side. who knows.

    Yes when you know the ship is sinking its time to bail, im not going down with it. too many cute fish in the sea for this red head.

    D
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    maudit anglais
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    I agree with Guap - I'd rather be alone than stuck in a crappy relationship. But yes, it really does suck to be single in the big city.

    I'm sure you'll do just fine - you don't sound like the sort to sit around and mope. I'm sure there's a senator or congressman out there for you.

    Sorry, couldn't resist

  8. #33
    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
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    LOL

    thats what EVERYONE says! Id only date them if the were democrats lol

    Yes i dont sit home long, no grass grow'n under these feet.

    now its just what to do with the wedding gifts we got early, i hate to send em back!

    D

    Thanks for all the support guys
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    You think it sucks being single in the city?

    Try being a single male in Western Kansas with a masters, his own teeth, own hair, no tattoos and a government job. I didn’t farm, I drove an import, and I read books. My goal was to find a woman with a high teeth-to-tattoo ratio. Fish out of water doesn’t begin to describe it. The local ladies wanted cowboys who’s Daddies owned lots of farm ground. The single women of intellectual substance in Western Kansas could be counted on one hand. I tell you there must have been a 3000 meter kitten free zone surrounding me at all times. The city is a rich hunting ground in comparison. Hell, don’t they have a show on HBO all about single women having fun in Gomorrah?

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    maudit anglais
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    I had largely the same experience as you El Guapo when I worked up north a few years back. But I find that unless you have a good network of friends, the big city can be more intimidating to go out and have fun in if you are alone. At least the scenery in the big city is more enjoyable!

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    I agree with Tranplanner on this. DC is overwhelming in its size and everyone is so wraped up in their own lives they dont notice you. Im not fearful to make the first move but that scares the guys away, esp when they realize you have brains to back up the looks. Kiss of death.

    Everyone here is some political this or that with their panties in a wad over something. Then there is the attys...

    Anyway i did better "hunting" in smaller towns like Greensboro where i used to live. DC is impersonal at best.

    D
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    Isn't Marion free?

    The old lady dumped him, and he is a democrat. Where should I send the wedding present?



    You know I'm joking - please say it wasn't too mean?

  13. #38
    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
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    Lol that was mean but funny

    thats ok ill find that pic of me in PVC and post it to torment you.

    giggles

    Do ALL planners have a twisted mind for humor?

    D
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
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    This Thread has been Moderated!

    A second thread concerning plannergirl's love life has been slipt from this thread. Thanks for understanding.

    Go Here:
    http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showt...=&threadid=991

    El Guapo

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    Cyburbian Dragon's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner
    Still....I only fill up once a week....my Cavalier gets almost 31 miles per gallon.
    I drive a Cavalier as well. I get great gas mileage, up to 37 on highways, but I haven't seen what running the A/C will do to that. Summer is on the way, so soon I'll find out.

    I drive less than 50 miles a week. However, being the restless/lonely spirit I am on the weekends, I do tend to make road trips to see friends and family quite often. Usually tacking on about 150 miles round trip to go home.

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    didn't realize this thread was that old!! My mistake.

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    Cyburbian Floridays's avatar
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    My commute is exactly 12.5 miles each way, from parking space to parking space. However, thanks to the driving habits from H***L down here, it takes me about 40-50 minutes. Ick.

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    Since I moved, my commute has increased from about 12 minutes one-way to work to about 18 minutes. Plus the route is much more stressfull and sprawl-laden with annoying traffic light timings, SUV traffic, and general congestion. A new signal for Wal-Mart has added even more to the commute time because unless you are one of the first four cars at the previous intersection, you're going to get stopped.

    So lets see...6 minutes more each way, that's 12 minutes per day. 5 days per week amounts to an extra hour in the car a week. 40 working weeks a year on average means, 40 extra hours, almost two full days more in the car per year!

    All because of goddamn Wal-Mart.

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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    When I originally answered this poll, I was driving to and from work by myself. In late December, Elmo and I decided to start carpooling, and it's great! Now we are down to one tank of gas a week for a Ford Escort (about $30 CAD), instead of two tanks of gas since my truck was a little guzzler.

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    Commuting Guilt

    I commute 100 miles round trip 4 days a week. I work in Salem, live in Portland. When I first started my job, I tried living in Salem for about two years, but I was so bored and hated the city so much that I moved back to Portland and resumed commuting. But I found a great carpool partner and we both drive fuel-efficient cars, so it's not too bad. She has a brand-new Toyota Prius, which gets about a million miles to the gallon, while I have an '86 Saab 900 with 334,000 miles on it, but still gets 28 mpg. Fridays, I work in a satellite office in Portland.

    So, while I feed bad about the distance I travel, due to the time away from my family and the negative societial impacts, I had to make that decision simply because where I live is too important to me to make that sacrifice. In my defense, I live in a close-in neighborhood in Portland, so I can walk or bike to grocery stores, hardware stores, restaruants, brewpubs, coffee shops, bike shops, credit union, etc. I spend many weekends without ever driving my car.
    "There's nothing wrong with America that can't be fixed by what's right with America." - Bill Clinton.

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    Last job, 500 miles a week in my Explorer - gas every 3-4 days! Now I drive to work 180 a week with a different car and fill up about every 10 days.

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    Cyburbian MD Planner's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Glomer
    Looks like I have most everyone beat.....in a negative way.
    I drive 40 miles to work (1 way).....
    Gotcha beat! I'm not really proud of it though. My commute is 45 miles one way. The good part is that my wife and I carpool together most days so at least we're only using one car. I used to live within walking distance of my old employer but my sanity was more important than saving on gas. The planning is too good where I work now so I can't afford to live here.

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    Quote Originally posted by MD Planner
    The planning is too good where I work now so I can't afford to live here.
    Wondering how that is a good thing......

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    I don't have a car. It's a 5 minute walk to work and a 10 minute walk to school.

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    eG -- Can you Bottle that?

    Quote Originally posted by el Guapo

    Here is in interesting tidbit. I am 38 years old and have been driving since I was 16. I have less than $15,000 total invested in cars (including repairs and parts) over my life time in 8 cars. I have never driven anything newer than 10 years old. And I have never been stranded on the road or had to be towed. My most expensive car cost me $1500 (the Colt). Every single car looked nice – except for the free 1972 Dodge truck I got for fixing a guys computer - and drove well. All of them just needed some minor repairs. Every one was purchased at or above 100,000 miles. And every vehicle found me one way or the other. I have never gone shopping for a car. I have good mechanical Karma.
    Damn -- and you are married! Can you "bottle" some of that? I need a "good mechanical Karma" token of Good Luck or something (and a man who believes in Cheap cars). My 12 year old car (with half the paint missing from its stint in the Mojave and stuffings coming out the driver's seat) will need replacing or fixing up at some point. I am stressing. Car shopping: big, huge UGH.

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