Toyota Matrix

30 Dec

I used a car co-op car today to do various things in North Van., including seeing the Maggie May and her two wee ones.  Her littlest, almost 3 months old, has the cutest small head, like her father, says the Maggie May.  Confusing – like the baby’s father, not Maggie’s father. Cute.  Even when the baby was screaming in my lap (as babies do on my lap) I kept noticing her cute little head.

Her older sister who is now two, is generally less impressed with me.  Whenever I go near the baby, the poor dear gets very stressed.  “NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” she screams.  I believe she thinks I am going to kidnap the baby.

Maggie tries to help.  “Hug Karen,” she’ll say to the toddler.


Maggie had her usual share of trashy magazines to share with me.  “And look,” she said, wielding the Vanity Fair special Hollywood scandals issue.  “It’s really meaty, tons of great articles.”

“NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I screamed, “I want to take that home right now!”

No, she is not done with it and she originally said I couldn’t take the latest US magazine.  But she eventually relented.  I promise to return it, Maggie May.  The latest US!

Available car co-op cars were rare today, so I had to walk about 15 minutes to get to an available one.  But it has been my favourite so far – it’s brand new (unusual for the co-op), only 3,600 kms on it.  New car smell.  And it drove really, really nicely and easily.  A nice little car. Tis my favourite so far and worth the walk.  I’m using up my $750 credit too rapidly  – I’ll need to slow down a bit.

Maggie got me all excited about this new show on in the afternoons on the National Geographic channel – ‘Mayday’.  It recreates – very well – plane crashes and dissects why they happened.

“I’m not really interested,” I said at first.

Five minutes went by.

“I now live for this show.”

Maggie and I get along so well – we both like gossip magazines and trashy TV and analyzing in intricate detail why Ashley Judd no longer looks so good (botox mainly).  As I’ve said before, the Maggie could be a model.  She is blonde, tall and hot.  But she is modest in a genuine way and has been a great person to hang out with during my unemployment.  She seems to enjoy the adult company as well.  So win-win and etc.


4 Responses to “Toyota Matrix”

  1. Carrie December 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    which co-op are you using?

    • jobsearchinginvancouver December 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

      Hi, Carrie. I use Modo.

      • Carrie December 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

        Thanks — I’ve been looking into these (there are so many around!) and it’s always useful to learn about other folks’ experiences!

      • jobsearchinginvancouver January 1, 2012 at 12:39 am #

        Yeah, I like Modo because they are non-profit and quite frankly, cheaper than Zipcar. I chose the ‘no deposit’ option – which makes it between $8.50 and $9/an hour with tax. My $750 was not allowed to be applied to the deposit. If you pay the deposit, you pay about half that per hour plus kilometres. You only start paying kms after 150 km on the non-deposit option. The cars are generally older with a few newer ones it seems but they all run well. I’ve tried out 5 different cars so far.

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