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Starrpower
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I get that not driving makes life less convenient, more expensive and more complicated for me.


Less convenient? Absolutely. More complicated? Probably. But more expensive? I am not sure. Keeping a vehicle and all that goes with it (a place to park, maintenance, fuel, insurance, etc.) is quite expensive.
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I have to admire George hitching rides to shows, drinking botles of whiskey before each show, but at my age, if I did not have my own car, and several bottles of spring water I would be forced into an early retirment. My old friend in Toronto ML also uses public transportation to all of his shows, and how tho old fellow does it I'll never know.
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I have been traveling around performing for over 20 years. I ran into all type of situations. My vehicles were totaled a couple of times, stolen a couple of times and damaged several times. I paid friends/relatives to escort me. I rented a car or U-Haul truck many times. I used a relative car several times. A few times I offered the customer a discount if they would come pick me up and take me back.

The rental cars cost less on weekends. An average of $65 for the weekend with unlimited miles.
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On 2011-04-12 23:04, Starrpower wrote:
... But more expensive? I am not sure. Keeping a vehicle and all that goes with it (a place to park, maintenance, fuel, insurance, etc.) is quite expensive.


In the long run I'm pretty sure I do pay out more, my accountant certainly thinks so. The good thing is at the end of the day it's all been paid and I'm not hit with any big unexpected bills or out of the blue repairs.
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George
I would think that your whiskey expenses equal my gasoline expenses.
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Well, George, your accountant certainly knows more about your expenses than I do ... but I must say that I am quite surprised as I would have thought otherwise. My vehicle is easily one of the most expensive portions of my business. But, having read your post, I am feeling much better about it.

And I have to take this time to say, this being a children's performers thread, I am appalled -- appalled, I tell you -- that you would drink whiskey before a show.

Being from Wisconsin, I would drink nothing but beer or brandy, myself.
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I happen to live in San Francisco (and previously in Chicago)
two fairly major cities, both with lots of surrounding towns/cities.

--In my city the price of an indoor garage space is about the cost of renting
a one-bedroom apartment in another part of the country.
--There is no, that’s no, street parking due to tourism and city congestion.
--Insurance is high, mostly because of the many hills, partly because of car theft.
--We have almost the highest gas prices in the country.
--Monthly car payments are high these days, car maintenance even higher.
--The traffic congestion in rush hours, or tourist hours is mindboggling.

I’ve done the math (for my particular area and market) and
I’ve found I can take a taxi cab, anywhere, that’s anywhere, in the SF Bay Area to shows,
and still pay far less per-month that I could on all the above expenses for a car!
I save a ton of money with cabs, imagine that.

I always arrive early, that’s “on time” to me,
arrive stress free as someone else did the driving,
and I have no worries when it’s Showtime.

For my full formal show I travel with three tables, backdrop, floor covering,
costumes, sometimes a mic, and
enough props for a 45 minute to hour long show.

I fit all that into two medium size suitcases or one rather large one.
I’ve honed to a science the art of packs-small-plays-huge over many years.
When I fly there is under 50 lbs. of stuff for a good size show.
My commando act of 30-40 minutes fits into carry-on.

Added to all that we have a reliable far reaching transit system
of busses, trolleys, subways, and trains,
they all are more punctual than sitting in traffic.

All this adds up to me saving time, money, and hassles….
by not owning a car! And the cabs are tax deductible.

And I’ve done it this way for well over thirty years. Amazing right?

Magically,
Walt
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Not amazing .... sensible. As my previous post hinted, I suspect that owning a car is more expensive than using public transportation and cabs, and it's obvious in your city.

Betcha didn't have to do that in Chicago, though!
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