But it's beginning to cost me way too much to drive. PT Cruisers are great looking (to me anyway), comfortable, stable on the road, have a huge cargo capacity, and more, but they get crappy gas mileage. My car has a turbo-charged engine (220HP if you're interested in such things) and thus needs premium gasoline to run at its most efficient level. With good driving habits, I can get around 18MPG in city driving. On long highway trips, I've managed to get 30MPG. Not great.
Since I got laid off from a middle-management high-tech job in 2003, I've managed to maintain myself by working part time, mostly from home doing transcription. Along the way, I picked up a couple of other part-time jobs that are crazy fun and help to supplement the income stream. However, both of those jobs require driving, sometimes quite a bit of driving.
When gas was under $2 a gallon, that wasn't a problem. The work brought in enough money to offset the fuel costs and still give me a profit. But now, with gas -- especially premium gas -- at close to $4 a gallon, it's starting to look like I'm working to pay for gas. Not a good way to balance a budget.
So, I've started trying to deal with the fact that I may need to sell my car. I know it may sound silly, but it makes me cry to type that. Seriously.
But right now, I'm spending $120 to $150 a month on gas. And it's going to get worse -- a lot worse -- and not just because prices keep going up. This is the slow season for my casino party job. In the fall, when it picks up again, I could be working several nights a week for that gig, and each job requires that I drive some distance, sometimes across town for a 40 to 60-mile round trip. Like I said, it's going to get expensive.
So if you see me and I seem a bit sad, it's because I'm contemplating a transportation change. And for me, it's like losing a family member. My cat and my car are my kids. What can I say?
Yeah, I know there are a lot more serious problems in the world. This is just the one that's making me blue right now.
Sorry, no knitting content today.