Why I prefer access to ownership, part 1: cars, books and more

This article is part 1 of a series. See also: Why I prefer access to ownership, part 2: housing

For me, access is better than ownership for most things. I’ll talk about why in this post and the next (a two-part series).

Car-sharing: better than owning just one car


photo by mathoov on Flickr

When I got rid of my car in 2005, I started using Zipcar from time to time. With Zipcar, I have a many different types of cars at my disposal. That’s much better than having to choose one type of car to own! I can reserve an SUV, a Mini-Cooper, or any other type of car, depending on what I need it for. And the cars are always clean and practically brand new. The gas is included with Zipcar rentals – you just use their credit card kept above the visor. Continue reading

On getting by with just basic Spanish (or not :)

Translating a text message from Telcel.

Translating a text message from Telcel. $200 pesos is about $17 US dollars.

I’m actually a little surprised at how far I can go with only a very basic level of Spanish language skills. Here’s where I’m at:

  • I can order food, ask directions, bargain a little in the market, go grocery shopping, drop off my laundry to be done, find things on a map, ask the taxi driver how much it will be (it’s always about $3), talk about the weather, and finally… the hardest thing…. get a SIM card for my iPhone and get it activated!
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Why I put my photos into several different social media sites

I like using various social media sites for my photos. Why? A few reasons. I have different followers on each network, so it gets the photos out to more people. Each social network has different advantages and people use them in different ways. All of these provide more ways for people to find my blog, my ebooks, the online courses I teach, and other work. Also, it’s fun!

Oaxaca photos in Instagram for iPhone

Some Oaxaca photos in Instagram iPhone app

Here’s my flow:

  1. I take photos with my iPhone (they get backed up automatically to iCloud and Dropbox).

  3. I lay around on the couch or in bed and look through photos on my iPhone, upload some of them to Instagram (with interesting filters). This is relaxing and fun.

  5. A script I turned on in IFFT automatically copies all my Instagram photos into Flickr.
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