The Joys of Not Having a Car

I can't decide which standard of transportation I prefer, car or train. I always liked the thought of giving up my car and living in the city where everything can be reached by subway or by foot, but now that I am living it, I realize not having a car affects your life in so many more ways then I imagined. For example, not having a car forces you to seriously consider the weather. Usually, before going anywhere we check the weather forecast  If its cold out, we have to do some major bundling up before leaving, and if it looks like rain, forget it.

The other day I took a chance and tried to beat Mother Nature. Although the sky was cloudy, and I knew rain was in the forecast, I thought I could make it to the grocery store and back before the skies opened up.


Luckily I was prepared with my umbrella, but riding a bicycle with a load of groceries and an umbrella in one hand is NOT easy.

Not to toot my own horn, but I was feeling pretty proud of myself when I got home after this trip. I stayed considerably dry and made it home without dropping anything or running over any Japanese people. There was one left turn that was a pretty close call, but regardless. Those of you who know me know that once upon a time I was not the best bike rider in the world, so this is a big step for me! 


  1. Howdy!
    I came across your blog and wanted to comment.
    I am an Aggie too and really enjoy your blog. I travel to Japan (Tokyo) frequently for work. I was reading and it mentioned you were from Texas and missing the mexican food.
    Is this the same Nathan W that played for A&M? If so I am so happy he is playing professionally.
    Well keep up the good work and If I am ever in Osaka, I'll make sure to message you. Are there a lot of Aggie's that you have met in Japan?

    well good luck

    Brian Lew "88"

    1. Thanks for the comment! Unfortunately we haven't met any Aggies over here. They must all be hiding in Tokyo! And yes, Nathan played 2 years ago at A&M, we both graduated in 2011. He will be happy to hear that. If you ever come to Osaka you will have to come to a game.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Hi, Thanks for replying back.
    There is a Aggie club in Tokyo and Okinawa. Here is the Tokyo club info.

    I know you are far away but it may be nice to contact them and they may make a trip to support Nathan.

    I will take you up on the game if i am in Osaka. does his team play a team in Tokyo?

    Good luck! Japan is an awesome country.

    Btw Okonomiyaki is my favorite also :)


  3. Thanks for the info! We will check out the Aggie clubs for sure! Tokyo and Osaka are in 2 different conferences, so Tokyo wasn't on our schedule this year.