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Welcome to the Blogroll: Kirsten Gronfield and Transform

11:30 AM PDT on June 5, 2009

6_5_09_gronfield.jpgGronfield, in costume for her role in 10 Items or Less, is trying to be car-free for June.

Trying to live a car-free, or at the very least a car-reduced, lifestyle can be challenging. While I personally have yet to achieve a car-free lifestyle, I do drive somewhere around 50 miles a month, far less than I bike and about how much I take transit.

In an attempt to encourage more people to consider reducing their dependence, or freeing themselves entirely from their cars; the Bay Area based TransForm is highlighting the efforts of five people as they take the "Car-Free Challenge" during the month of June.  Over 150 people have taken their challenge state-wide and you can join them by following the link at the end of the article.

Accepting the challenge on behalf of Angelenos is Kristin Gronfield, an actress best known for playing the part of Ingrid in the TBS Sitcom "10 Items or Less."  Gronfield is chronicling her attempts which at this early stage are more amusing than inspiring.  Of course, as anyone living in Hollywood could tell you, you don't get to the inspiring part of the story until the end.

And Gronfield is already envisioning her Hollywood ending.  In a post entitled "Craptacular: The Story of LA Transit,"

I'll start out hopeful, meet adversity and maybe a wise-old rolemodel lady on the bus who will teach me about life and how to navigateLA transit.  We'll both grow and be better people.  

Or maybe Iwill have to rise up and be a hero I never knew I could be for all thecar-less people in LA.  and I will find the words to express thefrustration of thousands in front of a crowd that will at first beskeptical but then realize that history is being made and one guy willstart clapping slowly, and then the crowd will join in until we bandtogether for FREEDOM!

To find out more about Transform's Car-Free Challenge, check out their website.  Maybe you can be our next car-free champion.

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