A couple of weeks ago dirty, filthy thieves stole the catalytic converter from my 1994 pickup. This good ol' pickup has been in my family since she was purchased new 21 years ago. Evidently catalytic converters contain trace elements of platinum making them attractive to dirty, filthy thieves. A new catalytic converter costs ~$1000, which is almost the value of the pickup itself. Being a man of logic and reason, I cannot bring myself to fix her back up. She has served her purpose for 21 years and now she will be donated to KCRW.
Since SB and I moved to Downtown Los Angeles, it has been on my mind that we don't need to be a 2-car family, partially due to the cost of parking in our building. I am also trying to be healthier and a better citizen, so I have decided to bicycle, take public transportation and Vespa more.
It is still quite a scare riding a bike in LA, but the only way to make it better is if citizens en masse take to pedaling. Ditto for public transport, one cannot expect the shortcomings of LA transit to improve without the citizenry involved. And I want to be involved. Also, the train is pretty fun. Buses, eh, so-so.
I have been transit-vespa-cycling for the past couple of weeks and really digging it so far. But, it's made me realize I need two bicycles. My fancy road bike is great for longer distances with little to haul, but I need a commuter. I'll add that to my fleet soon.
Of course, all of this is subject to change when Elon Musk saves the world in a couple of years.