jdmess401 t1_j9er94p wrote

I’m sorry, but you guys are utterly clueless. If you’re both Rhode Islanders and wonder why we have such a terrible reputation for driving, this is why; the lack of awareness for basic, permit-level road competency here is astounding. If you’re not from Rhode Island, please just never attempt to drive in Providence—it’s safer for us all that way.

Good luck!


jdmess401 t1_j9b73ug wrote

No, because the bus is across an intersection before OP enters the road—the “road” in this case referring to the single stretch of the street between those two blocks.

In any event, you proved OP’s point here by pointing that 1) the bus was across the intersection when OP entered the road, and 2) that the bus had the room to let OP by prior to blocking him in.

As far as the bus having to back up, technically that would be the case. However, I actually think OP did the smart thing by backing up, because yes, by that point, it was safer for them to do so than the bus since the latter clearly had no intention of doing so. Having said that, OP doing the smart thing does NOT mean it wasn’t the buses fault to begin with.

Maybe it’s “completely obvious” to someone who has no common sense and should probably take driver’s ed again.


jdmess401 t1_j9b2hlr wrote

That doesn’t make any sense…are we watching the same video?

OP is proceeding down what is effectively a single-lane road prior to the bus entering said road. It was the bus driver’s responsibility to make sure they had a clear path before crossing the intersection, which they did not. The car is already in the road and has the right-of-way, which is what this post is about.

These are very simple rules of the road. No wonder we suck at driving in this state. 🤦🏻‍♂️


jdmess401 t1_j9anuzr wrote

Read the very first comment in this thread; that’s the context in which I made my reply. They can be reckless, as that comment points out. Drive around Providence for any extended period of time and you’ll see RIPTAs routinely run red lights, stop signs, disobey crosswalk laws, etc.

This particular instance involved using the size of the bus to bully someone out of the way. I wouldn’t call it “reckless,” but it’s definitely idiotic and unwarranted.


jdmess401 t1_j8s7lcb wrote

Unfortunately, the very unhelpful landlord in the comments is correct, prices are outrageous—and like you now see, they’re unwilling to accommodate anyone that will make them any less than top dollar.

Do you have a car? Prices in Warwick were a little cheaper last I checked, but you’d likely be sharing a house as opposed to an apartment. Try networking with some friends to find a roommate, if you can.

I’d search the sub for other discussions about renting in Pawtucket, there’s plenty to read through.


jdmess401 t1_j8s1eex wrote

The RIDMV requires photos to be submitted by inspectors. Inspections used to be a joke in this state, but the DMV has really cracked down in recent years. These shops can face heavy penalties if they miss or pass something they shouldn’t. If in doubt, they’re going to fail it.

Once a car fails, it fails—you can’t take it to another shop with no repair hoping it will pass—since you’re in the system now. But you have something like 10 days (?) to get it repaired and re-inspected.

To answer your questions:

  1. That seems on par based on my experience. I had a small chip (smaller than yours) that was completely hidden by a wiper blade and I failed inspection.

  2. Check with your insurance company. Some will pay for windshield replacement. (Also, if your insurance rate goes up for moving here, consider Amica. They have really good rates for RI and they’re based in the state.)

  3. That would depend on where you are located. I usually go to my Subaru dealer or Pawtuxet Auto in Cranston.


jdmess401 t1_j8nkidu wrote

Apponaug Brewing Co. in Warwick. They’ll make mocktails, and they have a solid food menu. My wife and go there often—I don’t drink much and she doesn’t drink at all. Really fun spot.

I know for certain that Proclamation and Sons of Liberty have zero options for non-alcoholic beverages, so you can avoid those.


jdmess401 t1_j8d6bk5 wrote

I made the commute from Providence/Warwick to Back Bay about 3-4 days a week for two years. It wasn’t so bad at first, but it becomes exhausting after a while.

As others have mentioned, cost, reliability, and travel time can be an issue. The days can get very long very quickly, especially if you can’t catch an express train for one reason or another. I found that the most reliability issues occurred at the end of the day (southbound). The early express trains were pretty reliable, however.

It’s a hell of lot better than driving, but either way you are getting up much earlier and arriving home much later than you otherwise would.

If it weren’t for COVID closing my office entirely (I now work from home) I probably would have quit by now.


jdmess401 t1_j7ufvyg wrote

I commuted to Boston via MBTA for two years. If you’re already familiar with the T, you’ll know what to expect as far as the trains and reliability go. As far as the commute itself, it’s not terrible. The only downside is the additional travel time can wear you down over the course of the week, especially if you’re unable to catch express trains both ways.


jdmess401 t1_j71wn56 wrote

Reply to comment by ghogan1010 in Providence Water by fizzbot15

Just out of curiosity, where in Cranston are you? My wife and I just moved to the Eden Park area from Warwick. We’ve had the opposite experience; our water is much less hard here than it was in Hoxsie.


jdmess401 t1_j71wbfu wrote

If I were you, I’d go straight to the water testing from Prov Water. It’s possible there’s something going on with local distribution in your area or in your home. They’d be able be able to compare numbers and possibly come up with a specific answer for you.


jdmess401 t1_j6wufhx wrote

Edit: Expanding on my initial thoughts.

I agree with this. Also, if these New Yorkers had the forethought to take advantage and get out of a densely populated area to avoid exposure, chances are they’d continue to social distance and take precautions while they were here in RI. It’s the people who didn’t take precautions that were the issue, like the RI residents protesting at the statehouse refusing to wear masks and hosting parties just to spite everyone…

However, I have to believe part of the reason we ended up suffering so badly in the late summer and fall of 2020 was because we effectively reopened the state too early and became flooded with tourists from hotspot areas. We were doing really well before that. I recall seeing far more out-of-state plates than usual—not just in Narragansett and Newport, but even Oakland Beach in Warwick was overrun. There were posts about it in this sub at the time, too.

Of course, that’s not the only reason. It also didn’t help that hospital administrators across the state refused to make any adaptations for the second wave that we all knew was coming, but that’s a whole other issue…


jdmess401 t1_iynbrwr wrote

Same boat, $118 for gas and we barely use the heat. We have a wood burning stove that runs all day, the heat goes on only at night after the stove burns out. Granted, we have a 1920 house with only partially modernized insulation and a single zone, it’s never been the most efficient.


jdmess401 t1_iy9p5aw wrote

Despite all the “DIY” references in their marketing, Nest recommends installation by a heating technician or an electrician, in part for this reason.

Having installed a Nest myself, I recommend heeding their suggestion. I replaced a troublesome Lux thermostat with a Nest. It turns out my home’s previous owners had mislabeled the wiring, which was causing the Lux to malfunction and meant the Nest didn’t work at first. It took me about an hour to figure out the issue. A professional probably would have had it figured out in no time.