Tag Archives: Zipcar

Phillies Playoff Phever – Happy Red October!

6 Oct

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, friends! Happy Red October!

The eco-conscious Phillies start their playoff run tonight, and yours truly was lucky enough to score tickets for tonight’s game! (Actually, thank you Jeremy, my favorite brother.)

Since the game starts at 5:07, I had to plan my low car commute around the schedule.  Apparently our corporate center SEPTA shuttle runs hourly between 10 AM-3 PM (Even though trains run every 30 minutes), so luckily my awesome co-worker is taking me to the train station!  Luckily this game-time coincides with my dinner time feeding, so I can grab something veggie-friendly at Citizens Bank Park.

Who’s excited to cheer for awesome pitches like Halliday, Hamels, Oswalt & Ryan Madson? And no worries – CHOOCH is on for tonight!

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the Dentist Debacle…

27 Sep

Growing up, I had a horrific time finding a dentist I liked. My Dad’s health insurance changed 8 times in a 5 year period (perhaps this is exaggerating..) and eventually settled for one towards the end of High School.  If there was a DR competition with long-term commitments, my dentist would win.

I realized on Saturday that my dentist appointment was Monday at 8:30 AM, and there’s no way to get from the dentist office to work by public transit – both locales are in the suburbs.

After hours of mental debate (canceling the appointment, working from home the entire day, a 2.5+ hour commute of taking the train from dentist to Philly back to work), I decided to use a Zipcar trip! Although I could theoretically look for a dentist closer to home, it was too late for me to cancel the appointment.

I found a Honda Insight Hybrid nearby and rented it for a few hours, still giving me facetime by the water cooler:

The hybrid ran very smoothly, even in the rain.

Unfortunately, I waited an HOUR for the dental hygienist to see me, and the dentist was another 15 minute delay. Since I concluded I’d leave work at noon to return the Zipcar back, I made it in for less than 2 hours at the office.

Lesson of the day: When you go carless, best idea is to transfer ALL your doctors/dentists to a 5 mile radius of your home. (and ask your friends for recommendations!)

My First Zipcar Drive!

22 Sep

When my good friend Prozzie visited this past weekend, she took the eco-friendly route of bus from DC.  While she could have taken a cab, I instead decided to use a sliver of my Zipcar credit from my Low Car Diet participation and took one out for a spin!

I logged onto the website and debated for about 30 seconds between a Honda and Mini Cooper… being I never have driven a Mini Cooper and it looked way cooler, I chose it.  While it was 1:34, I rented a twin to this car for the 1:30-2:30 timeslot:

(minus the bow.)

I moseyed on over to “Martz”, as she was named and awkwardly attempted to see if my Zipcar card into the driver’s side lock  – mind you, it looks like this:

Clearly a credit card wasn’t fitting in a pinhole.

Luckily, I scanned the driver’s side & windshield and found the barcode to recognize my card on the upper right-hand side, and the door unlocked!

I swung back to my apartment past the alleyway and scooped Prozzie… and started our journey over to 30th St.  About 15 minutes later with a pit stop to a mini-market & a driver making a left turn from my right, I dropped her off.

My trip home was pretty smooth sailing until I pulled up to the spot… and noticed a huge delivery truck with the beverage ramp smack in the middle of the street.  I politely asked the delivery man to move the ramp… When he refused, I tried my best to avoid an altercation. Luckily, I maneuvered into the space and parked the car.

After I finally pulled into the spot & locked the car with 2 minutes to go on my return time, I strided by the young delivery man with a look of accomplishment… in hot pink leggings:

Overall, the Zipcar experience was very easy and fun! Luckily, I ran into no problems, swiftly dropped Prozzie off and returned the car on time. I’m looking forward to my next drive.

Low Car Diet – Day 1

15 Sep

For Day 1 of the low car diet, I had a pretty great start.

  • 10 AM, kickoff ceremony
  • Instead of driving over or mailing my rent check, my best friend tricked convinced me to do a nice little 4 mile loop around the city to help her prepare for the ING Half Marathon on Sunday… incorporating the rent drop off on the way.
  • Tried the new google phone app to dial into a call!

I was able to get a LOT-more done and didn’t have the stress of road rage travel!

Zipcar Low Car Diet Kick Off!

14 Sep

Today was the kickoff for Zipcar’s Low Car Diet!

Hopefully it was a good sign that I waited less than 5 seconds for Septa’s Broad Street line to arrive and take me to City Hall.  While waiting, I met several of the enthusiastic Low Car Diet participants all anticipating our car-free month.

Zipcar had impressive stats about their benefits, including

  • 1 Zipcar takes off 20 cars off the streets
  • More than 50% of last year’s participants gave up their cars for good after their low car diet
  • collectively, 1000’s of LBs lost & carbon emissions saved through the Zipcar Challenge

Here are some visuals from the ceremony, starting in City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza:

There were a few speeches – First, Zipcar Philadelphia General Manager; Jeremy Nelson:

Next, as Green Philly Blog author, I was psyched to see  Katherine Gajewski, Philadelphia’s Director of Sustainability, sharing a few words about Philly being the largest car-sharing city:

Here’s one of the Zipcar mini’s we could be using, packed with baskets full of Pop Chips:

Here I am dropping off my keys to start my low-car diet (yes, i realize i’m wayy too short for the microphone in this pic):

And the best part! My bag full of goodies:

I won’t lie. I’m super-psyched to use that aluminum bottle since my SIGG went MIA & I’ve been using one half its size…

Can’t wait to keep you updated on my progress!