Ok, I just got my car insurance bill for the year, and it jumped up 1,000 clams. That's about all I can take. So, I think toward the end of March, I'm going to get rid of my car, and do just the bike thing. I'm going to gear up by getting more in the way of protective gear (of the weather variety, especially rainwear), coercing my employer to let me keep my bike inside (I got photos!), possibly even moving closer to a train station, if I can find a suitable place.
I already commute to work (12.5 miles one way), and have a washer and dryer, so no laundry concerns. I know I can rent a car anytime I need one, even have it brought to my door, and I can handle the grocery needs. In fact, I drive a tractor trailer for a living, and deliver to Path Marks and A&P/Waldbaums, so I can easily pick up a small amount of groceries everyday, and not have to make a separate trip. I'm single, so I'm only buying for me...and my macaw. I even have a vet that makes house calls when my bird needs a doctor, unless it's an emergency. That would be a concern, but I'm sure I could get a taxi, worse comes to worse. I'm assuming I'll probably have to buy a utility trailer for a few things.
Anything else I should take into consideration? My girl lives in NYC, and I can take the train to and from with little difficulty, even less if I end up moving.