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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.
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.
* 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.
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.
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