Friday, February 28, 2014

They Do Exist

Pam and I went out for dinner last night. We had to swing by the tollway authority's headquarters because she got a new car and she needed the velcro strips to affix her transponder to the windshield. If you've never driven through the Chicago area, we have toll roads. For those of us who find ourselves traveling on those roads quite frequently, the desire and need not to have lots of change for tolls means we get an I-Pass which is filled with a pre-determined amount of money. This must be affixed to your window and it automatically removes the toll cost whenever you pass by a toll booth. People with I-Passes play less money in tolls than those tossing in coinage. Plus, we can use our I-Pass on the Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Florida turnpikes. This makes driving east to see Carole a lot easier on the wallet.

So, we pulled into the lot and Pam went inside the building to get new velcro strips for her I-Pass while I waited in the car. Looking to my right, I was surprised to see this.

This is an electric car charging station. I'd heard rumors there were some in the Chicagoland area. This is the first one I've seen.

An electric car is somewhat attractive as the cost for ownership is a bit less although the cost for the car itself is more. But the current available electric cars don't have a battery that goes the distances I need them to go without recharging. And the lack of recharging stations is a factor in where you can go. This is, however, a good sign, even if it is a novelty.

Beverage:  Lady Grey tea


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