Much of the Northeast Corridor, unlike the midwest, has excellent public transportation. For example, right outside my building in central Connecticut the D5 bus stops. It takes me to downtown, where I get on the commuter train to Manhattan. Sure, I could be green, as in not owning a car. The sharing economy concept of ZipCar would be a perfect fit.
But I do have a car. And that has been the source of total angst and great physical suffering during this 2014 Winter of Discontent. Come to think of it, the Winter of 2013, which brought 37 inches of snow one Friday, wasn't a walk in the park either.
Last week might have been the tipping point. My computer broke. To get it from my home office to Staples, where I have a service contract, I had to extricate the car from surrounding ice. Sure, I could have called an auto service to tow it out - along with the 1000s others who did. Likely I would have been still waiting by my car, today.
After two hours of grueling physical labor, I did rescue the car. Staples was amazing in how fast (within a half day) it repaired the computer. The next day the computer was fine. My muscles weren't.
Tonight another whopper of a storm is expected. My car seemed to have given me a dirty look this morning. I read it: How dare you put me through this again. Its troubles might be more meaning to it if it was sharing itself with many other drivers. The sharing economy could go mainstream this season of so much disruption.