Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
heh. You've got something.

I did not intend to give the impression I am a gadfly like yourself. My MS symptoms have run apace since The Change, just 18 months (into secondary progressive). So walk abouts --lifetime preferred mode-- farther than 3 blocks are difficult. I've put on 8lbs since I quit AMZN! (Must sacrifice pizza or beer. Thoughts?)

I gave up driving in '17. Spent too much time driving in the burbs and a good amount of it shopping for me ma in her final years. What a curse and a blessing!

Now, I rely heavily on bus transport (NEST o'hassles there, but also free advice from passengers) and the occasional free ride by private or commercial auto, like to PPC meeting, 2x monthly. That's how I met Joseph, one of UAW members into the PPC and volunteer with baltimorefreefarm.org --less ag, more hunt&gather. "Centralizing" our strength in numbers is going to take effort and cunning, I see.

I take a "constitutional" on my own two 1 p.d. to the corner "Korean" to buy sundries and chat with gossips perched on stoops by the way (including the posse what flogs weed 5-9 PM outside my kitchen window; they also shovel my snow and haul my trash bins.) I'm warming to the infirm old lady disguise so long as I can keep a roof over my head and cats out of my bed.

Meeting the not-idiot primary care is a strategic breakthrough, tbh, for certain Medicaid and municipal benefit acquisitions REQUIRING DOCUMENTATION. Just a start somewhere. Let's see how it goes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 06:47:07 PM EST
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I gave up driving in '17.

I beat you. I gave up in '89; my landlord didn't maintain the drainage, my engine flooded, the garage totalled it and offered me a superb deal on it (it took me a long time to realized that and the insurance adjuster were probably ripping up the insurance company). I took that as a hint to move to NYC and only use public transport. Now my commute involves about 2miles of walking (500 ft elevation gain) along the Via Romae Germanica pilgramige route which goes in theory from North Germany to Rome.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 07:09:29 PM EST
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I have gone in the other direction, after realizing that old cars are pretty cheap. So I have two (one is 26 years old, the other is 13 years old), and drive every day, which is pretty much mandatory when living in a city* like Colorado Springs where the public transportation system is, uh, somewhat deficient.

* CS is growing so fast that it is now the 40th largest city in the US of A. It's a socialist paradise, despite all publicity to the contrary. Except for transportation. And the editorial page of the newspaper.

by asdf on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 04:46:59 PM EST
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Are you talking about the Colorado Springs Socialists?
Colorado Springs Socialists has risen to become one of the largest revolutionary socialist organizations in the country despite being less than 2 years old, operating in the 6th most conservative city in the country, and being ruthlessly pursued by the state.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 05:40:18 PM EST
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I didn't even know about them, actually. I was referring to the fact that Colorado Springs has a high fraction of federal money from the DOD and defense contractors, huge numbers of people on TriCare (service member's medical insurance) or social security (lots of retired people) or medicaid (lots of poor people), city owned utilities, no toll roads, state-owned hospital system, and a small percentage of private schools compared to pretty much any city on the East Coast. It's a classic example of people living on socialist programs while complaining about socialism.
by asdf on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 01:01:16 AM EST
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