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'...
I haven't actually had to use their services yet, so I can't vouch for how well they provide towing, etc., compared to AAA, but I feel better knowing that my money is going to a company with similar values to mine.
If you want to get a 10% discount on Amtrak and support an organization that lobbies for things you believe in, I urge you to check out the National Association of Railroad Passengers.