In an effort to check something off of my Summer Bucket List, I hopped on the train this morning on a mission to USC (to write) and then I planned to visit the Skirball Cultural Center. I wanted to see the Noah’s Ark Exhibit because it sounds too cool not to. I was so hurt to find that it would take me 2 hours to get there from campus and 3 hours to return home to Compton. THREE WHOLE HOURS!
The cheapest gas in LA is $3.89 and my tank is currently riding below “E.” (As it has been for the last month or so…On and off)
This morning’s disappointment got me thinking about gas prices, carpooling, and the question many nice people like me HATE to ask their car-less friends: “Do you have gas money?”
I’ve been driving my friends around since before I even had a license. I received my car as a gift for my 16th birthday (Thanks Gpa!). Needless to say, I have thousands of wasted miles on my car because, you know, I like to have fun 😉
Now that I am legitimately broke, (I’m so broke, I’m surprised Bank of America hasn’t shut my account DOWN by now), I have been exploring the foreign realm of LA public transportation. If I were living anywhere else, say London, New York City, or even Boston, this wouldn’t be so daunting. LA’s bus and rail system is lacking, to say the least. Not to mention the risk of getting robbed or killed in these ruthless streets. (I’m only halfway kidding) It’s safe to say that I hate the LA Metro for it’s inconvenience and occasional sketchiness, but I feel like I don’t have another option at this point other than…
Is it wrong to ask friends for gas money? I mean, your CLOSEST friends that ride with you everywhere? (And the random passengers, too)
It’s one thing when your friends own cars and you’re constantly alternating, but what if a vast majority of them don’t? Do good friends provide their loved ones with free transportation or should we break out the calculators we stopped using after high school and calculate mileage, MPGs, divided by passengers for any given trip?
I really am torn on this issue. I LOVE my friends for always being down for my random causes, including 5am runs to the beach and late night donut runs, but unfortunately, gas isn’t free. I feel “mean” for even writing this, but that has to do with my own fear of confrontation (I’m working on it, I promise. Haha)
Do you charge your friends gas money? Do you feel comfortable asking them for it? Should frequent riders feel compelled to offer you gas money out of the goodness of their heart? Or are you implying free transportation every time you offer to drive?
Please comment with your thoughts. Let’s talk GAS! (That was corny, I know)