Part of the less ethos we Baby Boomers have been embracing since the global financial meltdown is focusing on those so-called "must-haves." We learned, no, they are not necessary to have. We don't have to have a home. We can rent. We don't have to shop retail. We can belly up to the bargains at consignment shops. Among them brands Goodwill and Salvation Army are duking it out for share of our mind and dollars.
The lastest necessity we're questioning is owning a car. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate Crude is up $2.45. Given the number of hotheads in the Middle East, few expect things to settle down and with them oil prices.
So, here in Bella Vista, a development designed for us aging, I am picking up more chatter about ditching a car. Just about every bus to a central location stops here. Walk down the block and turn right and we can rent one of those no-frill thrifty cars for $35. That covers 200 miles and we can take it out-of-state, as long as we return it.
"When gas hits $4.50, I am going to put an ad on Craigslist to sell my car."
That's what a woman told me on the elevator this week. She told me because everyone in the complex knows [A drama queen I am, no ambiguity] my Ford Escort was stolen two years ago. Since then I have been doing the bus. Also, they have duly noticed I have calmed down. I no longer have to take writing assignments I don't want to do just to support the car.
Of course, it was once unthinkable I could do carless, just like it was unthinkable I could rent rather than own a home, with a yard. But with aging priorities must be made. Mine has been to break open to being a late bloomer in writing. A shot at that means not having to earn mega bucks by cranking out so many commercial jobs.