At the end of January, I got in two car accidents in one week. The first was snow-related: I hit the back of a bus, which had stopped in front of me. I just couldn’t stop. It totaled my car. My dad was able to pick me up and let me use his car, a Mazda Miata that he had just bought and restored last year. A couple days after hitting the bus, I got hit by a semi truck on my drive down to the Racine Art Museum where I work. All of a sudden, the semi truck hit the back of the Miata, which swung sideways, and I was being pushed about a thousand feet on the highway. All I could think was “My dad’s car!” Of course, he was just happy that I was alive. But I called my mom and she drove me to work, where my co-workers couldn’t believe that I had actually come into work after being hit by a semi!
At first, I figured I would get another car (the insurance check came in just a couple of days). I went to the dealership and told the salesperson that I wanted to get another Prius (that was the bus car), but there were none available. So I started to think about it: This is the first time I can actually carpool to work. I mean, I could have in the past, but you know, I had my own car. One of my colleagues lives in Riverwest, so I asked him for a ride. Why not carpool with him? Of course, I offered to pay for gas. It’s turned out really well. If I have to stay late for a meeting or something, I’ve discovered that there is a bus from Racine to Milwaukee that’s pretty decent. It’s only $3.50! What’s the price of a city bus? About $2.50? Amazing.
And there are other ways I can get to and from work: my mom and step-dad live in Racine, so I can get rides from them; Lyft; Zipcar; and the Sturtevant Amtrak, which I can get a ride to if I need to. There are so many tools for transportation!
I really like that the accidents made me think about my choices, my schedule. I think about what I’m going to do and how I’m going to do it. I am still very involved in the art community in Racine, Kenosha, and Milwaukee, but in the end, I find that I’m spending more time at home where I can relax and regroup.