04.15.13

Make Monday Matter....fifteen

Posted by Christina // 12 Replies

So if you know me well, you know how quickly I get bored with things.

For instance, my parents let me try anything and everything as a kiddo.  I think they were hoping that one day I would become an Olympian in something…anything.  I played the violin, took ice skating lessons, soccer, gymnastics, tennis, piano, cheerleading, debate, volleyball, and the list goes on.  The only thing they refused me on was playing baseball, I still say that could have been my hidden talent but the world will never know because I was not down with softball.  Back to the facts Jack, do you want to take a guess at how many of those things I still do today?  Yup, zero.  None, nada.

Why I thought it would be a great idea to stick with the same graphics for the same project for a whole year is beyond me.  I am not over the project, but I am definitely over the same old graphic week after week.  So meet the new fresh look of Make Mondays Matter…along with this weeks challenge. getyourrideon Did you know only ten percent of workers rideshare?  There are so many advantages to carpooling that it is shocking more people don’t do it.

The obvious reasons are saving gas, preventing wear of you vehicle, and maybe even making a friend.  Carpooling will also lower the amount of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and all those other fancy sciency emissions that your mother warned you about.  Then you can start getting all idealistic and dream of less traffic and no more potholes, as long as we can get everyone on board.

This week I am going to chit chat with our HR department to find out if we have any sort of ride share program set up already, if not I know I can find at least one person living in my neck of the woods.  Then all I have to do is tell them that $2,520 can be saved every year by each person in a 40-mile roundtrip rideshare and then start thinking of ways to spend that money.  If nothing else, maybe I will channel my inner New Yorker and jump on some public transit.

Have you ever carpooled?
Are you lucky enough to walk to work, or even work from home?
Got a crazy bus or train story?  I am all about those.

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12 thoughts on “Make Monday Matter….fifteen

  1. CT

    For a few year the husband and I only had one car which is a little unheard of in STL. Enterprise has a car sharing program called WeCar and since my office is downtown, if I needed to go to a doctor’s appointment or something, I would rent the WeCar. I took the Metrolink a few times but unfortunately it doesn’t have very convenient stations — it’s nice to go from downtown to the airport though and not have to worry about parking while you’re on a trip. I even took a cab home from work one day — all that saved money from less car insurance, gas and parking fees can add up! However we’re back to a two car family now because our jobs kind of require us to be more flexible during the day. I highly recommend carpooling/car sharing for anyone who’s day is more 9-to-5 all in one place though!

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    1. Christina Post author

      It is so funny that you mention that because Tim and I always talk about wanting to be a one car family! Right now it is not really possible because we work in totally opposite areas but hopefully one day!

      St. Louis’ public transportation has a lot of room to grow, I know compared to most cities it feels very subpar. Wish it was more of a viable option!!!

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  2. Shelly

    I’m pretty sure GB does have some kind of ride share program, but I’m not sure if it’s all the locations. Here at Bel-Ridge there are designated spots for employees who carpool. I also think at one time we received and email about Ride Finder, or something similar. Knowing me though, I probably deleted because I do not have the option to carpool…especially because there is a toddler involved in my route to and from work – lol! I’ve been thinking about convincing my husband to carpool together because he passes GB on his way to work every day, but he’s a smoker and there is no way I’m smelling like a cigarette while at work – yuck!! I guess my first goal should be to get him to kick the nasty habit, and then move onto the carpool talk…

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    1. Christina Post author

      Hahaha, there you go! I wish T and I worked close….that would save us bundles of money!!! We both spend about two hours in the car everyday, just in opposite directions!

      I actually just found out that my boss lives right down the street from me, would that be against policy or something haha?

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      1. Shelly

        You are braver than me! I would be too afraid my road rage would scare my passenger, or my lack of control to censor my potty mouth – lol! I’ve gotten a lot better though, especially since I have a small person in my car who will repeat everything he hears.

        Oh yea – hope you feel better soon!

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        1. Christina Post author

          Hahah…yea I am a little worried about it. We shall see, I don’t think it will be an everyday thing, but even once a week would save a ton of money!

          Thanks, I do feel quite a bit better…gotta love sprite and crackers for dinner!

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  3. Janelle

    Guilty. I’m terrible at being in a certain place at a certain time without being late so I know I’d end up missing the bus/pissing off my rideshare partner(s) regularly.

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  4. Simone

    Well I have to walk to work every day which involves a shocking 2 meters on average from the bedroom to my studio or…. If I’m downstairs it would involve climbing a stair! But I do use my car a lot too but carpooling in my line of work isn’t really am option I’d think…:)

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    1. Christina Post author

      Ohhhh so lucky! That is my dream. A couple weeks ago we had a major snow storm and Tim drove me to work…it was amazing! I say we need a lot more snow storms 🙂

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