End of an Era

11 thoughts on “End of an Era”

  1. I for one would be very interested in how CAN did not meet your needs and the grievances you ended up having – you can even post (an editted form of) your letter here. I’m at the point where I think it would suit my needs and would like to hear the downside before experiencing it myself!

    wyn’s last blog post..Trashy Summer Reads ‘09

  2. We’ve had a very similar (though silver) 2001 Ford Focus wagon since we got it brand new, and (despite some apparent quality problems, which didn’t seem to affect us) it has been a great car. I think it may be one of the most fuel-efficient cars for moving things around, because the cargo compartment design is remarkably smart — because the back of the car is almost entirely rectangular, with no weird curves or angles, it fits simply HUGE amounts of stuff for the size of the vehicle.

    I have two examples:

    1. I play in a band, and I’m able to fit my entire drum kit (in bags), all associated hardware, four stage monitor wedge speakers, two main PA speakers, the PA mixer/power amp, a guitar amp, a bass amp, two or three guitars, and a lighting rig, as well as all necessary stands, cables, and microphones inside the car. All the doors close and I don’t need to use the roof rack. That’s almost everything you see here:


    If I take out the bass amp from the front seat, I can bring a passenger as well.

    2. We once bought a couple of couches from Ikea. I was rolling one of them out to the Focus when I spotted a guy with a big pickup truck watching me. I could tell he didn’t expect me to fit it into the car. But I slid the front seats forward, flattened the back ones, pushed the couch inside, and CLOSED THE TAILGATE. He looked stunned. There’s a lot of room in there.

    Of course, Ford being an oh-so-intelligent North American car company (though not one currently in bankruptcy protection), the company no longer makes the wagon version of the Focus. Sigh.

    Derek K. Miller’s last blog post..Ouch

  3. Go to Manning Park! I think the rhododendron forest will be in bloom soon. Or maybe head towards the Okanagan or up the canyon… I’m dying to go camping with all this nice weather. 🙂

  4. I’m also curious what you didn’t like about the Car Co-op. I too just recently re-joined the world of car ownership (also thanks to a new job that is not readily accessible by transit), but am planning to keep my Co-op membership for the same reasons as you (and my car is a Smart Car, so I have the added “if I ever need to use a car with more than two seats” reason to keep my membership. I’ve been a Co-op member for 2 years and haven’t had any problems with them – I’m curious to hear what issues you had.

    Beth’s last blog post..I Think Monica Is Trying To Tell Me Something

  5. I had also been a member of the co-op until I bought a car in mid 2007. I was only a member for 6 months. I kept my account with them active for another two years but never did use the car. And after keeping my $500 in their organization to be supportive, they started charging me an annual admin fee even though there had been absolutely NO activity in my account. So I axed it and after a 3-month mandatory wait, got my $500 back.

    Other than that I don’t have any criticisms of the co-op.

    As for weekend getaways, if you are looking for something more urban, try Seattle. I’ve stayed at the decadent but dog-friendly Hotel Monaco and the more reasonably-priced ACE Hotel (highly recommended).

  6. oooh. Do you camp?? we just got back from Porteau Cove, a 35 min drive away. Was Awesome. Walk in sites for $10/nite. if not, go to naramata and visit @bradinator, the winemaker for township 7.

    Or, I’ve got a link to send you (have to dig it up) for cabins on one of the islands that @lisamedia went to and LOVED. OH! Also have a friend with a friend with a resort. Will call Jess. 😀

    stand by… 😉

    Colleen Coplick’s last blog post..Brief Hiatus

  7. Check out Harisson Hot Springs. It’s far enough away to feel different and plus you can soak in the pools after a day of hiking around the lake with the dog.
    For a weekend trip check out Halcyon Hot Springs. http://www.halcyon-hotsprings.com/ Absolutely stunning. The pools are spectacular (and I’ve been around the BC hot springs), the cabins are great and they like pets.

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