Something Interesting…and a bit ironic


Okay, so you may be asking yourself why I–on this blog–would have an image promoting the American Automobile Association (AAA). Well, to answer that I have to tell you a brief story. If you’ve been to this blog before you likely know that last year I voluntarily gave up car ownership. Not a big deal; I’m not the only one doing this. Anyhow, I let my membership to AAA lapse. Why, I thought, would I need this, and it would save me the membership fee each year. Well, a few months ago–about a month after my membership ended–I received my phone bill in the mail and noticed it was $12 higher than usual. After cursing to myself like a cranky old man about the cost of things and how prices keep going up, I called the phone provider. It turns out (and I vaguely remember hearing this at sign up) that I get a discount on my phone bill each month if I’m a AAA member…$12 to be exact; the AAA membership is $57 annually, less than half the amount of my annual discount from my phone provider. I’ve also been traveling frequently to NYC for classes this past year; it turns out that each way on Amtrak I save $6 if a AAA member. In short, it’s as if I am being paid to be a member. After realizing this I of course paid my membership. Normally I wouldn’t blog about something like this, but this is from a company that promotes automobiles…well not exclusively. Check out this 30 second video that I just came across today. Pretty cool. Anyhow, just a thought to all my car-free/car-lite brothers and sisters in the blogosphere…it may actually be worth your while to be a member of an automobile club and still not drive. I’m jus’ sayin’…



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