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For a Southern city, Dallas has decent public transportation.  It’s not nearly as expansive as the systems of Chicago, San Francisco, or New York City, but it’s slowly growing (since its most recent expansion, we have seventy-two miles of light rail service) and it’s better than nothing!  As a resident who would like to see more of it, I should do more to support our Dallas Area Rapid Transit, aka “The DART”.

This weekend I stepped up my game and participated in my friend’s second annual DART Rail Pub Crawl.  Atendees purchased a $4 day pass and could join the fun at any one of the nine stops along the way.  I posted our agenda below in case any of my DFW-are friends want to recreate this epic pub crawl while supporting our public transportation infastructure.  (I like to consider it “crawling for a cause”!)  DARTing is a nice break from driving and the hassles that come with it (I’m talking about you, parallel parking!). 

My posse and I joined the group downtown at City Tavern.

Our fearless leader and event coordinator leads the crowd with a flag.

Here we are at the One Eyed Penguin.  The group continues to grow!

Waiting on the train.  Folks are starting to get silly and it looks like we lost a few!

We made it to the finish line!  What a day!

I hope this inspires you to take advantage of your city’s transportation options if it’s feasible, or make it into a challenge or fun event.  Major kuddos to my friend Meniza for planning this tradition!  My personal goal is to use the DART at least two more times before next year’s pub crawl.  Scavenger hunt, anyone? 

DART PUB CRAWL
Saturday, November 3, 2012ANYTIME —— DART GREEN LINE —– MOCKINGBIRD STATION TO DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON STATION

(Since the crawl ends at Mockingbird Station, you may want to park your vehicle at Mockingbird Station if you are a designated driver. Then jump on the DART and meet us at wherever we’re at based on the itinerary below.)  

11:15am – 12:15pm : Lunch at Sid’s Rainbow
Sid’s Rainbow
1107 South Broadway
Carrollton, TX 75006

12:34PM —– DART GREEN LINE —– DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON STATION TO BACHMAN STATION

12:50pm – 2:00pm : Club Schmitz
9661 Denton Drive,
Dallas, TX 75220

2:10PM —– DART GREEN LINE —– BACHMAN STATION TO WEST END STATION

2:29pm – 3:40pm : West End Pub
1801 N Lamar, #100
Dallas, TX 75202

3:49PM —– DART GREEN LINE —– WEST END STATION TO AKARD STATION

3:51pm – 5:10pm : City Tavern
1402 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75205

5:10pm – 6:25pm : One Eyed Penguin
1404 ½ Main Street
Dallas, TX 752026:38PM —– DART GREEN LINE —– AKARD STATION TO BAYLOR UNIVERSITY STATION

6:46pm – 8:30pm : Anvil Pub
2638 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75226

8:46PM —– DART GREEN LINE —— BAYLOR UNIVERSITY STATION TO FAIR PARK STATION8:50pm – 9:45pm : Amsterdam Bar
831 Exposition Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226

9:50pm – 11:00pm : The Meridian Room
3611 Parry Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226

11:11PM —– DART GREEN LINE —– FAIR PARK STATION TO PEARL STATION

11:23PM —– DART BLUE LINE —– PEARL STATION TO MOCKINGBIRD STATION

11:30pm to whenever: Trinity Hall Pub
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206

Pub crawl ends at Mockingbird Station.  Have your designated driver pick you up or cab it home!  Stay safe!

My first “secret-revealing” post, The Purge, told you all about how I narrowed down my possessions to just the essentials.  Now here’s the fun part!  I am an organization geek- I get overly excited about nesting boxes, file folders, and containers of all shapes and sizes.  I got rid of nearly everything I owned, but still have necessities I need to easily access while storing them somewhere.  My personal challenge with my living experiment is to operate as efficiently as possible as I go from one place to the next.   My goals are:

  1. Be organized and look nice (I don’t want it to be obvious I’m living out of my car!)
  2. Don’t leave anything (for more than a couple of nights) in my friends’ homes
  3. Leave a place better than I found it (life lesson from Girl Scout camping trips)

I have three places I store my things:

  1. Trunk of my car
  2. Locker at work
  3. Boyfriend’s garage (original plan was to rent a storage unit but I’m taking my time to shop around for the least sketchy, most convenient location that is safe to visit by myself in the evenings… it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack!)

What I access the most often (once or twice a day) is the junk in my trunk!  This is where I store my toiletries, pillow, blanket, accessories, and some clothes.

Sorry for the shadows in this photo!  Here’s a breakdown of my trunk storage.  I have three laundry baskets:

  1. The farthest basket towards the back of the trunk is for work-out clothes and pajamas (t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, etc.)
  2. The white laundry basket (on the left) is for socks, slips, bathing suits, and other unmentionables.
  3. The gray laundry basket (on the right) contains the clothes I’m going to wear for the week.  Once a week (usually on Sunday) I go to my rolling rack of clothes in the boyfriend’s garage and pick out what I’ll need for work and any other extracurricular activities.

I have one basket of toiletries that I grab from when I stay at friends’ places.

I have two roll-up jewelry organizers- I downsized my accessory collection so it all fits!  They’re so convenient- when I’m dressed and on my way to work or to meet with friends, I just grab one of these and select what earrings, bangles, necklaces, or rings I want to wear, and I’m off!

Some other items hidden in the shadows of my trunk photo:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Mesh laundry bag
  • A couple of books and magazines I’m currently reading
  • Travel pillow
  • Regular pillow and blanket
  • Basic purses (I got rid of the “fun” ones and opted to keep the classics/most versatile styles)
  • Nail polish and other “special occasion” lipsticks, eyeliners, and shadows
  • Lap top bag (although I don’t leave my PC in my car- too important!)

The whole process of adopting this lifestyle has had its learning curve.  Now, in my fifth week, it’s becoming much more routine.  I’ve had to get used to hauling around bags and laundry baskets, but it’s nice to have the important stuff within reach no matter where I stay.  In my next post, I’ll go into the details of my other storage spaces.