Kelly the Culinarian: On Selling my Car

Monday, June 30, 2014

On Selling my Car

It's been more than a week since I said farewell to my car, the triathlon wagon. It's weird to feel sad about selling a car. It's just a thing, and a thing I wasn't that fond of to begin with. Truth me told, I hate driving. I'm bad at it, it makes me nervous and it gets me into trouble.
Arizona accident. Damn you, monsoon season!
Still. I was initially so excited to be carless. Seattle is very public transportation friendly and a huge contingent of the population commutes via bike. Plus, I'm working from home, so I have no need to trek anywhere daily. However, a car, even one I have a love-hate relationship with, is freedom. Plus, it's memories. I've had my 2003 Honda Element since college.

It's the car I took my roommates out to the bar in while I stayed home and studied for the GRE. It's the car I drove back and forth to Arizona.
Arizona bound, summer 2007
It's the car I used to move all my stuff into my first home.

It's the car that took me to my first job and all over McHenry County as a reporter. It's the accommodating car that's taken all my gear all over this green earth for races and parties and weddings and interviews.
3 Disciplines Festival of Races 70.3

Going to Gull Lake Triathlon


So here's to shedding the past, and to new beginnings. It's been real, triathlon wagon. Farewell.
Bye bye bluejay 

3 comments:

Maggie Wolff said...

Are you down to one shared car? Or are you a carless family? I was sad when we sold my Toyota Echo last year. I had a lot of good memories, and it was my first big purchase after starting my first post-college job. But, similarly, we did not need it. We were both commuting via L, and we had another, newer car. For about a month and a half, we were living in the city with two cars, but only one garage spot. It was a headache trying to keep track of a car that was basically useless.

Kelly Janowski said...

Tim is keeping his car and they're shipping it today. There's a carsharing program in my building and the bus system is great, so I shouldn't really need a car. It's just a security thing.

Losing Lindy said...

that car needed so much, you must be happy to be rid of it..you will be fine without it!