Our family's days as a uni-vehicular family (which has been the case since shortly after Hurricane Katrina) are now over!
I located a nice 2001 Honda Rebel (appropriately purchased from Mississippi) with low miles and in almost new condition for a nice price. It is a small (and I mean small) motorcycle - 234 cc with the seat 26 inches off the ground. It's quite a different ride than my old Honda 900 or my Suzuki 850 that I was riding 20 years ago. But it gets about 70 miles per gallon in a two and a half gallon tank.
The bike runs very well, can get up over 70 mph - though that is about the extent of it. This is fine for the commuting that I need to do. We have a longer riding season in New Orleans than when I was riding in Ohio (having to wear a snow-suit part of the year).
No more daily one-person minivan commute - at least when the weather cooperates.
Every family should have a little Rebel.