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2014 Miles Driven

Looks like here are my driving stats for 2014:

Miles Driven: 2,385
Gas Cost: $1,052.03

Maybe I should consider an electric car considering how little I drive. Then again, at the rate I’m going, I can probably drive my car for at least 10 more years. It’ll likely rust before I get there. Funny.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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2013 Miles Driven & Dollars Spent On Gas

So I don’t know why I do it, but I have kept track of my gas mileage ever since I’ve owned my car. I guess when I first got my car, I wanted to see how my mileage compared to what was posted on the car (it never does…). Anyway, I’ve tallied up my miles driven and dollars spent in 2013:

Miles Driven: 2,299
Spent on Gas: $574.56
Gas Cost/Mile: ~$0.25

How does one spend so little on gas? It’s called taking public transportation. While it does take quite a while, the ride is much more relaxing than fighting traffic where everyone else is miserable and aggressive. Plus, I can do things like travel planning, reading or, well, actual working.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Caltrain Chronicles- Pesky Chinhairs

So what do you do when you arrive early enough to the Caltrain lot? Well, you can sit there and pluck your chinhairs.

That is what I saw the lady in the car that I pulled up to. Yup. She was working very diligently too. Trying to get a bunch before stepping out of her car to go catch the train.

Scarf GirlM signing off.

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Driving the Limit

With all these crazy gas prices lately people are probably doing what they can to save a buck or two. I’ve noticed a lot of new cars on the road are not suvs, but instead, are hybrids or sedans. Sites like gasbuddy.com are gaining popularity.

Then there’s that driving slower thing. I normally drive the typical flow of traffic, depending on if I’m in a hurry or not. Lately, I’ve noticed that the average speed is around 60-65, whereas before, it was 70-75.

How much do those last 10 mph make? Well, my friend told me that on a recent long drive he made, he got 42mph versus the normal 32mph he got before.

Imagine that. 33% more miles. That would save $20 on a $60 gallon tank.

I think the 2 good things to come out of the crazy gas prices are smaller cars and slower driving. I bet that could equate to fewer deaths on the road. If only high gas prices could fix idiot and overly aggressive driving.

Scarf GirlM signing off.

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Commuting Sucks: SHHHH!

I don’t know what it is, but when people talk on cell phones in public, a lot of them end up talking in a loud volume. Is it because they don’t know their own loudness? Is it that they can’t hear themselves talking above ambient noise? Or, is it just that they’re oblivious and inconsiderate?

This morning on my train ride up, I was blissfully napping when I jolted awake. What I was hearing was pretty much “BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.” Some lady was talking so loudly that I woke up. Half the people who talk on the train talk somewhat quietly, but the other half, OMG, are so annoying. Don’t they realize that it’s the morning and people want it quiet?

Anyway, I figured if it was a short conversation, sure, but it kept going on. So I got fed up to the point where I anonymously “SHHHHH!”d her, which worked as she quieted down, and then shortly after, hung up. Sheesh.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Commuting Sucks: Caltrain Tales

So on my various public transportation trips over the years, I’ve seen many things on and from the train. I’ve seen people reading, working, eating, drinking [beer], smoking, clipping nails (yuck), applying makeup, picking their noses…
Well, I saw something new today. As my train was pulling up to the city, I saw a lady pull out some deodorant and start applying it under her shirt. Now there’s something new for ya.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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$50+ Tank of Gas

So I filled up my car last week and saw that for the first time, my bill came out to over $50. “$50 is nothing!” you say? Well, consider that my car is not a big SUV or minivan. It’s a compact car that has a fuel tank size of 15.9 gallons. Also consider that when the light turns on I have about 2 gallons or so left (I’ve never pushed the envelope that much).

So I usually fuel up around 1/4 tank remaining if possible, so around 12-13 gallons. Yeah… the gas prices had gone down a bit for a little while and then shot back up very recently. Sucks.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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public shaving

I took a slightly different path to my office today and as I was approaching a cafe, I noticed a man who looked like he was rubbing his cheek with much vigor. As I got a little closer, I noticed a buzzing sound, and as I walked by, I saw that he was shaving. Umm… isn’t that one of those things you do at home or maybe in your car? Hehe.

-Scarfgirl, signing off.

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Cell Phone Multi-Tasking

So I was driving to the train station today and noticed a guy riding his bike. He was riding kinda crookedly and I noticed it’s because he was riding while chatting on his cell phone.

Funny. I wonder if it affects bikers as much as it affects drivers. Heehee.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Baby Carpooling

I often see many “Baby on Board” signs stuck up in people’s cars. First, I wonder whether or not people will drive more carefully around such cards. I doubt the average person does. Maybe parents of small children would, but an a-hole tailgater won’t care one bit.

Anyway, I was driving home from the train station one day and wondered whether or not a cop would pull over a car with a BoB sign. Afterall, a baby counts as a person and it’s not like like you could see the baby’s head since they’d be strapped into the car seat.

Sooooo… even if you DIDN’T have a baby, but stuck a BoB sign on your car, can you get away with driving in the carpool lane?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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