Monday, October 26, 2009

Cats Saved from Starvation

Well, no, they weren't really in danger of starving. But our old cat (18 years old) has been on a special prescription diet for years that seems to keep him pretty healthy and we were almost out of food. The problem is that the store where we used to buy cat food is more than 7 miles away, which is a pretty far bike ride to carry a 20 lb bag of (very expensive) cat food. One option was to get a Zipcar, but that just meant that the price would climb even higher. The problem was we couldn't find our original prescription, and the local vet within walking distance required a checkup (minimum $70) before they'd let us buy the food from them.

The good news was that we'd paid a visit to Angell Memorial Animal Hospital with this cat years ago, but we were still in the system, so we could buy the food from them. And they're only about a mile away. It turns out that my bike basket and back rack (with the help of a few bungee cords) are capable of carrying a 20 lb bag of cat food. (Though I very much want a bike trailer. It looks like we might be able to borrow one from a friend)

And guess what, Angell even charged $1 less than our old place--we should have checked and changed a long time ago. But when you have a car, it's easy to just keep old habits in place, because the costs to your wallet and the environment are not so readily apparent. With the car gone, we have to reevaluate all our old pathways and habits.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

DUBAI'S PRINCES WALLPAPERS (THE MOST HANDSOME PRINCE IN THE WORLD)

DUBAI PRINCES WALLPAPERS (Shamma (8 years old))

DUBAI PRINCES YOUNG AGE WALLPAPERS

DUBAI Some little Princes WALLPAPERS

Shalamah (13 years old) DUBAI PRINCES WALLPAPER


wallpapers of dubai specials

Shalamah (13 years old) DUBAI PRINCES WALLPAPERS

Sheikh Hamdan GOOD LOOK WALLPAPERS

Sheikh Hamdan PLAYING BALL WALLPAPERS

Sheikh Hamdan WALLPAPER

Sheikh Hamdan WALLPAPERS

Sheikh Hamdan WITH CAMEL WALLPAPERS

Sheikh Rashid 2 WALLPAPERS

Sheikha Fatima (10 years old) DUBAI PRINCES WALLPAPERS

The Crown Prince !!! Sheikh Hamdan

The Crown Prince (Sheikh Hamdan)

THE KIG Sheikh Hamdan WALLPAPER

The King of dubai wallpapers

The other Princes wallpapers


The dubai Queen wallpapers

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Realities of car sharing and car rental

(by Tracy)

Not having a car has been going very, very well for us. It seems normal to walk, ride the bikes, or take the T to where we need to go. Every once in a while, about 2 - 3 times/month we've needed a car and we fill that need with either Zipcar or a regular rental.

There are some annoying things about rentals though, that take some getting used to. For Zipcar, the annoying thing is that your rental is limited to 180 miles total for your rental period. If you rent a car for a day, it is really, really easy to go past 180 miles. If you go over you have to pay by the mile - like $.45 per.

For the regular car rental you are subject to the laws of supply and demand. If you want to rent a car on a holiday weekend (say.... Thanksgiving), you are subject to much higher rates. The best rate we could find for the upcoming holiday for a 4-day rental was $343. Normally that would cost us about $160.

Oh well. Now that we know, we can start planning a little better.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Boston Bike Film Fest this weekend

Turns out there's a Boston Bike Film Festival going on this weekend, tonight and tomorrow night at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, from 7-11pm, both nights. I don't think we can go, but it sounds like fun--they're screening lots of short films about cycling and cycling life/culture. If you end up attending, let me know how it turns out.

Boston Halloween Bike Ride

If you're looking to do something fun on Halloween that combines costumes and bikes, check out the Halloween Bike Ride, which meets up at 8pm on October 31st at the Green Street T Station (Orange line) in JP. It's free and should be lots of fun for riders of all ages.

The ride was started in 2000. The slow-paced ride covers about 18 miles as it meanders from the Green Street T Station in Jamaica Plain to Kenmore Square, Coolidge Corner, Harvard Square, Central Square, Inman Square, Copley Plaza, and back to Jamaica Plain. The route changes slightly from year to year, and may change on the night of the ride based on road conditions, and sometimes the whim of the Ride Leader. The ride is friendly, open to all, and a great way to spend Halloween Night!

http://www.halloweenbikeride.net/