I am 84. I quit driving two years ago on Dec. 31, 2010. At first it was very difficult. It's still not easy.
I spent the first six months having anxiety attacks whenever I had to arrange transportation. Two years later, this still happens when I get last minute invitations.
I spent the next six months depressed and introspective while I learned to accept my new self-imposed lifestyle. Now when I hear a neighbor say, "I was bored so I hopped in the car and went shopping," I confess the sin of envy.
It's not easy.
I took the better part of the year to assemble a list of available public and private transportation:
<BL@199,12,11,10>Sebastopol Area Senior Center — no charge — but with five working days notice required.
<BL@199,12,11,10>Jewish Family and Children's Services — with a fee — 24 hour notice.
<BL@199,12,11,10>Sonoma County Paratransit - fee — 24 hour notice.
<BL@199,12,11,10>Sebastopol shuttle — nominal fee — the last bus leaves downtown Sebastopol at 3:30 p.m.
It takes research and imagination. Other alternatives: