Getting Home During Dry Dock

Michael Schneider came up with the following novel idea for being able to get home from town during drydock:

From: <>
Date: Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 9:07 AM
Subject: c Brown Betty: Dry dock ride sharing

Michael has an idea about how to get home from town if you hitched a ride going in and are on foot.
Please contact Michael ā€“ (not me) ā€“ if you want to consider this.
Paul Davis, Editor; Paul Revere, Horse Rider; and Brown Betty, Horse
The Tome of Lummi Island Lummi Island Community Association (LICA)
P.O. Box 163, Lummi Island, WA 98262


Getting Back Home During Dry Dock
Given that there are going to be ninety fewer spaces available for parking on Gooseberry Point during dry dock, not every Island household will be able to park a car over there. This will present a problem for a lot of people.

The greater problem, however, is not getting to town – it’s fairly easy to connect on the passenger ferry with someone who has a car and an extra seat and who’s going near your destination – but getting home again. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to connect with someone who shares your desired itinerary and who wants to return when you do.

Here’s one solution:
Islanders returning home will stand by the road – Holly/Eldridge, Bakerview, Meridian, Fairhaven Parkway, wherever – and hold up a laminated 5″ X 8″, neon green card, indicating to passing Islanders that they live on the Island and they’re trying to get to the ferry. One side of the card will have the person’s name, address, perhaps Island references and, optionally, a photograph.

I know this is a variation on hitchhiking, and that therefore it’s very scary to or beneath the dignity of most people. However, if you would be willing to try it, please contact me. If there are five or more of you, I’ll make and deliver the cards at cost. Who knows, if there are ten or more people doing this successfully, maybe participation will grow. It might even become a useful alternative throughout the year.

Michael Schneider 758-2184











2 thoughts on “Getting Home During Dry Dock

  1. The uncertainty of getting home combined with the ordeal of standing next to the guy with the cardboard sign is a hard sell. I hope it works, but the other half of the equation is getting enough Islanders to recognize the sign for what it is.
    I’ve formed a share pool. One car for five families. We even found a private house close by Gooseberry to park at, so that’s 5 spaces down and 85 to go. It was easy to setup.
    Another idea would be to just let one of these threads run for the duration of drydock. An ad-hoc Craig’s List if you prefer.
    Leave a request for a ride or fill a request for a ride. No hassle for Wynn to fuss with, and see what happens. Most of us are in the book, so the old handy telephone can hookup riders and drivers.
    I’m sure Brown Betty could make an extra trip around the rock to publicize it.

  2. Mike, Not being very computer savvy, I don’t understand what you mean by “letting one of these threads run.” Please explain to a non-computer savvy, aging Lummi Islander, how I find someone to ride to and from town with on your “Craig’s list.” Thanks. Lorraine Dukes

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