Things that can be problematic in this city without a car of your own:
Getting to work
Having a social life
I mean, think about that last one. Even a single person with a tiny fridge occasionally needs to fill that fridge, and the cupboards, and sometimes the purchases aren’t food at all, or not people food: paper goods, laundry detergent, cat food, cat litter, and so on. There’s a limit to how much one person can carry, even if you add one of those little wheeled carts to the equation and aren’t dealing just with paper bags. Tearable paper bags. Oh, you can take your own bags with you, of course, or buy reusable bags at the store, but still — how many can you carry when they’re full?
The wheeled cart is a help, definitely, as long as you also remember you have to get it, fully loaded, onto, and off of, the bus. Not exactly how I want to do my upper-body work. 🙂
There’s the bus schedule to think about as well, having to hustle from the bus stop to the store and run the aisles and get through checkout and load the cart and/or bags and get back to the stop before the next bus arrives. That’s a lot to pack into a bit less than an hour. I can do it, but it’s a rush, and even with a list I sometimes get in too much of a hurry to make sure I grabbed everything. There’s another bus I can take from the store that runs slightly more often than my usual one, but it also tends to be very very crowded for a couple of hours after work, and multiple bags and/or the cart make it that much more crowded.
And if you think I’m the only person who might have groceries on that particular bus, you would be wrong.
Today, therefore, I am grateful one of the local markets offers grocery delivery. Because when you need milk and yogurt and cottage cheese and various canned goods and cat food AND cat litter all at the same time, that is, and I hope you’ll pardon my choice of language, a fuckload of stuff to haul around. This — being able to get the groceries delivered — is a HUGE help.