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The Cost of Convenience


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In some ways, J and I are in a mixed marriage.

I was raised to believe that certain conveniences are worth the extra cost.

J, on the other hand, was raised to believe that convenience was for sissies and that something worth doing was worth doing inconveniently, by gum.

As with many such marriage incompatibilities, J and I have each been moving closer to the other's ways of viewing things, although neither of us have quite gotten to the middle where we will inevitably meet.

However, today it became clear that J has truly had a major effect on my view of convenience.

You see, LO and I had to fly today, and I was going to be schlepping LO, his stroller, his diaper bag, our suitcase, and my purse from the car to the airport terminal.

This would be bad enough if it weren't for the fact that despite the fact that it is mid-March, and the fact that the overgrown rat in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
led us to believe that we would have an early spring, it was snowing this afternoon and all of my schlepping would have to be done through the open-air economy parking lot.

So, as I approached the airport, I found myself considering the convenience of parking in the garage instead of the economy lot. I could avoid the long, cold wait for the economy shuttle and shorten my uncomfortable, overburdened walk.

As I got closer, I saw that the economy lot was listed at $9 per day. I'll be out of town for five days, making parking an outrageous $45. The long-term lot, which was only slightly closer to the airport was listed at $12 per day. The garage? The cost-per-day was not listed.

Facing the prospect of paying MORE than $60 for parking to save myself a little bit of aggravation today was clearly not something I was remotely willing to do. So, I pulled into the economy lot, kindly thanked (and tipped) the shuttle driver who helped me with suitcase, stroller, diaper bag, and LO, and overall felt like I was one up on the Indianapolis Airport Parking System.

Well, other than the fact that I'm paying those jerks $45 to keep my car for five days.

Still, I think J would be proud.


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