Thursday, March 25, 2010
In case you hadn't noticed...
... my posting has been a little spotty lately. The reason is that I normally do most of my writing early in the morning... and my early morning schedule has had to be adjusted due to my new budget-conscious mode of commuting.
You see, not to over-share, but we have been hemorrhaging money on one very expensive commodity; gas. We have actually been paying far more to fuel up the car every month than on our mortgage payments!
Something had to change.
What we really needed was a Prius. But a new car is so far over the financial horizon that it wasn't even worth talking about.
Ideally, I needed to start taking public transportation to work; But there is no direct bus from where we live to where I work. The closest place where I can catch a bus is 15-20 minutes away.
And to get there, Zahava would have to get up crazy early and drive me... and then race back to try to get Yonah to school on time (or risk making one of the big kids late for school).
So the more I thought about it the more I realized that the only possible solution...
... was to buy a scooter.
My new Vespa GTS 250ie actually has all the dork appeal of a Prius, and even gets better mileage!
The only downside is that it looks like I'll have to either get up earlier in the morning to keep decorating this little corner of the blogosphere, or find another time to shake the odd thoughts out of my head. Please bear with me until things sort themselves out.
Posted by David Bogner on March 25, 2010 | Permalink
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I love that first pic - it loos as though a tiny camel is perched on the scooter's seat. An accidental juxtaposition with great comic effect!
A scooter is the ideal solution for your commuting situation. Ride it in good health... and watch out for them nutty Israeli drivers!
Posted by: Elisson | Mar 25, 2010 8:44:16 PM
OMG! Please drive carefully! I hate the idea of those little things on the roads with our crazy drivers. Does your mother know? If not, how much is it worth it for me not to tell her? :-)
Posted by: annie | Mar 25, 2010 9:36:18 PM
1. WHY does it have 2, count 'em, two kickstands?
2. What kilometerage are you getting? Do you believe in the theory that the more relevant quantity is kilometers per liter rather than liters per kilometer?
3. What will you do when it rains?
4. You must promise to let us know when Yonah hot-wires it and takes it out for a spin.
5. Does Zahava have her own camel?
Posted by: Fred3 | Mar 25, 2010 9:44:53 PM
Elisson... Yes, I'm actually terrified of the local drivers. In most countries they tell two wheeled drivers to assume that the four wheeled types don't see them. Here I assume they do see me and are out to get me. :-)
annie... My mom knows, and she actually took it far better than I thought she would.
Fred3... One is a side stand and the other is a center stand. I am getting about 3.9 liters/100km. Sadly rain is not a very common cause for concern here. No, Zahava doesn't have a camel.
Posted by: treppenwitz | Mar 25, 2010 10:01:24 PM
Are you going to go out and get a tattoo to go with that hawg? ;) I kid.
Congratulations on the new "to and fro"
Posted by: Jethro | Mar 25, 2010 10:35:19 PM
Jethro... Laugh all you want. I've gotten nods and waves from both Hogs and Power Rangers.
Posted by: treppenwitz | Mar 25, 2010 10:42:58 PM
I can't believe someone hasn't suggested it already. Why not drive one of those camels or sheep to work? No (petrol) gas required! :-) Seriously, I hope you stay safe on the roads. Enjoy the ride.
Posted by: Daniella | Mar 25, 2010 11:25:42 PM
...And cue the music:
"Booooorn to be wiiiiiild..." :)
Posted by: psachya | Mar 25, 2010 11:39:21 PM
Love iT!! Here in DC when I ride my motorcycle, not that often, I know they're trying to run me over. I've always wanted a baseball bat holder :-)
Have fun and be safe!
Posted by: Beth | Mar 26, 2010 12:01:07 AM
Okay, as a MSF RiderCoach, I have to ask, what kind of safety gear are you wearing when you ride? Helmet? Jacket with pads? Retroreflective vest or material on the jacket?
And I wave to scooter riders here in the states. A friend of mine who rides a scooter asked me what it meant, he was afraid that motorcyclists were making fun of him. Nope, you are on two wheels and in the wind. I'm actually thinking of getting a scooter for commuting. I love the bike, but the gas mileage isn't much better than a car. And it's not like I'd have to buy all new gear for it! ;-)
Beth, I'm in Northern VA. They are a little nicer once you get out of the city.
Posted by: JDMDad | Mar 26, 2010 1:28:21 AM
How many cup holders ??
Posted by: britac | Mar 26, 2010 7:04:44 AM
You should get a small sticker for it that says "When I grow up I want to be a 750 Ducati!".
Posted by: Jim Smith | Mar 26, 2010 7:56:16 AM
You have now gone off the radar with coolness. I am SERIOUSLY jealous!
Posted by: Noa | Mar 26, 2010 11:11:45 AM
What are the ruins in the second picture?
Posted by: Karl Newman | Mar 26, 2010 11:20:30 AM
I want a pic with you ON that sweet ride! :)
Posted by: val | Mar 26, 2010 3:56:57 PM
Trep, I wasn't laughing. Okay, maybe a bit, but it was the memories of having and riding a similar "beast". I have been considering getting one again for the same reason, gas prices aren't as crazy here in the states, but still considerably higher than what they'd been.
Posted by: Jethro | Mar 26, 2010 4:22:39 PM
Congratulations on the scooter - so cool and eco-friendly. And red is a gorgeous colour and great so the other idiot drivers notice you. Make sure to have a loud hooter and use it a lot.
We too would love to celebrate our mid-life crisis with a Ducati but a Vespa is also so much fun. My husband used to be a messenger on a Vespa and I loved riding the 'bitch seat'.
We'd get one now but with the hills round here and 2 minors to transport to school my husband has to settle for a 'mishpachtomati'.
Great photos BTW.
Posted by: Esther | Mar 27, 2010 9:33:42 AM
What beautiful pictures! Is that seriously your morning commute? O_o I'm lucky if my city (Montreal) looks that good 4 months out of the year!
Cute scooter, btw.
Posted by: Chantal | Mar 27, 2010 10:06:48 PM
Don't you miss the people you used to give lifts to?
Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Mar 28, 2010 1:03:43 AM
"...or find another time to shake the odd thoughts out of my head." :)
Posted by: Dina | Mar 28, 2010 7:01:55 AM
I can see it now, you and Zehava zipping around on your Vespa, just like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, 1953. The Vespa appears on the original movie poster, and all the trailers featured the romantic duo perched on the scooter.
Posted by: Robert J. Avrech | Mar 28, 2010 7:03:25 PM
My friend, who is a nurse, says when she worked in a hospital, they had a name for those two wheel vehicles: organ donor machines.
Please be careful!
(p.s. I privately dream of owning a motorcycle. but I would never admit it in public!)
Posted by: RivkA | Mar 29, 2010 2:51:35 AM
Rivka- we call them Donorcycles...
It is beautiful, however, titchadesh
Posted by: Bryan | Mar 31, 2010 8:54:11 PM
I'm rather late to the party, but when I tried twice to comment from my wi-fi enabled phone, for some reason it didn't like your comment technology. Anyway,
1) !תתחדש Looks like fun...
2) Do you mean that you'll be riding that all the way to work each day, or just the 15-20 minutes to where you can catch the bus? Either way, be careful!!!
3) Maybe by the time Better Place is in mass production, you'll be able to afford a new car -- and then you can use it to schlep kids and groceries, too. :-)
Posted by: Alisha | Apr 2, 2010 6:32:22 AM