In 1976 I slept in an old street car that had been converted into half of a small house in Colorado. The remainder of the home (kitchen/bath/living room) was typical wood-frame construction. The rent was cheap. The streetcar was divided into two small sleeping areas.
Nice article. Matches my experience at Rangemaster, too.
One important technical correction- We are issued a handgun carry permit (HCP) in TN. In TN a HCP holder CAN strap on a pistol and carry it openly, unconcealed. It does not have to be concealed to be legal. Other states allow concealed carry only.
So if you feel like it, in TN you can get yourself a Lone Ranger cowboy gun belt and openly carry your pearl handled silver plated revolver to McDonald's or wherever else it is legal to do so.
I would advise discretion if you choose to carry a loaded weapon openly- lots of folks don't know the law and might hassle you or call the cops. From what I have heard from friends who carry openly, Memphis cops are unlikely to hassle you if you are legal; I am not so sure about other localities.
Well, gee- if you really want to be green, get rid of your car. That's easy- I did it 7 years ago and have not regretted it very often.
Or, put your bike on a rack on your car next time you take it to the shop. Then ride your bike to work. Watch out for the trolley tracks- lots of my friends on bikes have crashed after a bad interaction with the tracks.
I was at Gossett VW in the old days when I owned a car. I saw a guy bring in a new Beetle for repairs. He pulled a nice road bike out of the Beetle through the sun roof and road off.
Where there is a will, there is a way. But I don't think that either MATA or the trolleys offer us a viable way in Memphis, at least, not just yet.
By Louis Goggans
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