August 12th, 2007

Mama Deb

There are times I wish I owned a car.

I don't own one. I live in Brooklyn, NY, where a car is a liability, and it is more cost effective to use car services for short distance and rental cars for long distances than to maintain a vehicle - at least if you don't have kids. And I don't have to worry about parking, or gas, or insurance or tickets. At over $100 a pop, I don't want to worry about tickets.

So, most of the time, I'm happy like this.

They're kicking my inlaws out of the hospital today. The hospital in Poughkeepsie. They need to be taken home. I don't have a car. My brother-in-law, who does, is...well, I'm actually not sure why it's us, not him, but okay. And the car rental places? Closed or carless on Sundays in the summer.

Current plan - we're borrowing my mother's car. A friend, who was going to drive us to visit them today anyway, is going to drive us to Jersey instead. (He doesn't think his car is suitable for transporting the inlaws, or he'd lend it to us straight off.) This is actually the best we can do anyway, but I'm now waiting for Jonathan to call or come home or something.

*edit* - They're taking a limo back to the city. We'll meet them at their apartment with food.

(Oh,that was fun. Mom calls here to tell us. Jonathan, however, is at a shul board meeting. I try to call him, but he doesn't answer, so I end up walking over to interrupt the meeting. It's all too dramatic.)

But right now, I really wish I owned a car.

I also wish I could do something about medical care because from what I've gathered, they shouldn't be going home just yet, but after today, they have to pay out of pocket.

*edit* - They're taking a limo back to the city. We'll meet them at their apartment with food.
Mama Deb

Just one more thing

I have to say how great, how wonderful, how amazing my mother and stepfather are.

Not only were they willing to have me borrow one of their cars indefinitely, they going to take *both* cars to Brooklyn so I wouldn't have to go to New Jersey, and then drive back in one. They're *still* willing to do that if I needed the car.

And Lenny offered to do this as soon as he heard my in-laws needed us. Before he spoke to my mother. And these are 45 minute drives each way. If needed, they'd jump in their cars *now*. I'm so glad they don't have to, of course.

I have a wonderful family.