How Do You Live Without a Car?
I grew up in a very car-needy city. Busses ran once an hour (if at all), and you tempted frostbite in the dead of winter. As soon as I turned 16, I learned to drive. Driving was not just a teenage rite of passage - it was a necessity.
Then I moved to Toronto, and then San Francisco. We're not talking about the 'burbs. I lived in the gritty beating heart of the city.
I didn't have a car and I never looked back. Why would I, when I have ZipCars on every other corner?
People ask me how I do my grocery shopping if I don't have a car. Typically, I'll swing by the little grocery store on my way home from work if I have to pick up a small handful of supplies. A bigger list? Safeway.com, Google Shopping Express, Amazon Pantry, Instacart all deliver.
Hell, in San Francisco, I can get dry cleaning, prepped dinner ingredients, laundry, wine, freshly baked cookies, weed, chef-prepared meals, and diapers delivered if I want. I mean, I don't need diapers. But I could get them delivered if I wanted to!
And that's not even counting in Amazon Prime.
The issue with getting deliveries, of course, is that I'm usually not home during normal business hours. Package theft is common enough in San Francisco that it's a constant worry. I would get the delivery notice and wonder if my parcel would still be around when I got home.
But of course, this being San Francisco - there's an app for that...
The illustrious +Robert Hamilton
just introduced us to +Doorman
Basically, you get everything shipped to their address. They'll notify you via text that you have a package and then you can schedule a delivery time between 6 p.m. and midnight.
It's kind of amazing. No more missed packages! No more UPS or FedEx sneaking up on your house and leaving those little Notice slips! No more dealing with Customer Service over missing parcels. It's given me a weird peace of mind that I didn't even know I craved.