Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Vespa!


I have to have a Vespa. A guy is riding one to work and he parks in my parking lot and I am in love with that bike. I started to tell the guy, “Cute bike.” But, I didn’t know how guys felt about being told that something they have is cute. So, I got all tongue-tied and didn’t say anything because my brain couldn’t get past cute. I think tomorrow I’ll ask him about gas mileage or something. I shall say, “Nice bike.” Yeah, that’s it, “Nice bike.”

There would be lots of advantages to owning a Vespa. They aren’t very expensive and they get great gas mileage. Also, as I learned from my evacuation experience, an automobile is virtually useless in an emergency/catastrophic/nuclear explosion/hurricane evacuation-type situation.

My only fear about riding a scooter (other than the fact that I'm extremely accident prone) is the same fear I have about riding in convertibles. I heard a line on CSI one time that describes my feelings perfectly, “Women in convertibles are like low hanging fruit.” What would keep someone from knocking me over the head and stealing my Vespa while I’m sitting at a stoplight? Frankly, I don’t really feel safe sitting inside my car with all of my doors locked at a stoplight. In a convertible or on a Vespa, I’d be out there ripe for the picking like a nice juicy ba-nah-na.

I’ve got it. How about, “Nice bike. It matches your eyes.”

25 comments:

Rhonda said...

I want one, too! I see several people tooling around campus on them.
Everytime I mention that I want one, though, my boyfriend looks at me like I just grew horns. He thinks that the only thing with two wheels that a person should own is a Harley...

Jack said...

"What would keep someone from knocking me over the head and stealing my Vespa while I’m sitting at a stoplight?"

That's easy. No tough guy's gonna risk having his friends see him riding a scooter.

The power word is :"swckqb"

Anonymous said...

Laurie,

I'm the Vespa guy! And I read your blog regularly. Small world, he? Ask away, I just got it in Austin and LOVE it already. And it's VERY cute. 60MPG.

(my blog is http://www.tallent.us/, but I waste my time talking about politics, programming, and photography and haven't gotten around to mentioning the Vespa purchase yet).

Larry Jones said...

I was going to say "...matches your eyes? This isn't really about the scooter, is it?"

But now that the Vespa guy is in the room, I'll just let you deal with it.

No one will bop you on the head and steal your Vespa. Just get one and have fun!!

My challenge word for this: vouubc

Your Mom said...

Hi Dear, the one thing about a Vespa is the Weather. You get so cold when a COOL front comes through, you would freeze on one of them. And be really miserable in the summer. If you buy one hide it from me, you know how I worry about every little thing.
"BTDEN"

Laurie said...

Rhonda - I asked a Harley friend if he would ever speak to me again if I bought a Vespa and he was very encouraging. That's a mark in my plus column.

Wang - Hahahaha! I don't know though, those Italians are pretty cute zipping around on them.

Anonymous/Mr. Tallent - That is so weird! I will definitely talk to you about it. (Of course, now I'm a bit embarrassed about my previous sex question post.)

Larry - Thank God I didn't take that post in the direction I was going to go with it. My blogging guardian angels must have been watching me. From reading Mr. Vespa's blog, he's quite happily married.

Mom - Don't worry, I would only ride it in nice weather with a really big helmet.

Ed Abbey said...

Do Vespas also run on Duracells?

Laurie said...

Ed - That would be really convenient since I buy them by the gross.

Anonymous said...

I remember a Kawasaki advertisement 20+ years ago -- "Put Something Exciting Between Your Legs." I suppose this a "dual" comment. It can pertain to the "Sex" post and the "Vespa." "Vespa!" I like saying that.

ie: sggiwevy

Peter said...

Yea, solve the energy crisis, buy a Vespa, get one that matches your eyes!

Bonnie Ransonette said...

How about,"Nice bike it goes well with your ass"

Laurie said...

Anonymous - Vespa! It just rolls off the tongue doesn't it. (Also a dual comment comment.)

Peter - I could get a red one to match my eyes after a long night out.

Baby Sis Bonnie - Damn, that's a good one. If you and I actually said things like that, we'd probably get more dates.

se7en said...

I used to have a really nice, classic Fiat Spider convertible, beautiful condition, I restored it myself. It was a real kick to drive too, 5 spd, Alfa Romeo dual overhead cam emgine. Picture
I loved that car! BUT, I HATED when women called it "cute" Gahhh!!!!

By the way, you need to come by, my previous post has a picture in it that I posted for you.

8)

Laurie said...

Se7en - Nice car. It matches your ass. (That's supposed to be a compliment.) ;)

Thanks for the pic of the Cat's Meow. It sure makes me sad to see it all boarded up but I know it'll be back. I'll link to the post so everyone over here can read it. Great pictures!!!

Jack said...

I'm not too sure Bonnie's suggestion is really a compliment. But then, I ride a Fat Boy.


dzmyqa

Bonnie Ransonette said...

Wang!!! I would never say you had fat ass. Clumsy ass...possibly. Fat no. How's the old broken bones anyway.

Laurie said...

Wang Chi - Damn, I'll have to think of something else for you then. I can't say it matches your eyes...although sometimes it does.

Bonnie - Wang is holding his own. :)

Anonymous said...

Wang, you're not a fat ass, you're a cold-hearted, dumbass, bastard!!! But that doesn't really have anything to do with your Fat Boys & Vespas does it??? Poodles

Laurie said...

Anonymous - Oh, my. Looks like Poodles stopped taking her meds again.

Bonnie Ransonette said...

Looks like its time for Poodles rabies shots.lol

Laurie said...

Bonnie - Or a tequila shot?

qbecuuz

thenewmrsf said...

I got to ride on a Vespa while we were in Spain and it was hella fun...it's the ONLY way to get around there, as the streets are so narrow, you take your life into your own hands if you're driving a car. We only got to up to 30 MPH, tho, so I might be a little wary to take it out on I-10. And what would you do 'bout helmet hair? BTW: since when has name-calling been blog-worthy? Uuuu-gly, uuu-gly, uuu-gly.... word verifi: yquegdr

Laurie said...

Mrs F - Regarding the name calling, I should have explained sooner. Poodles and Wang Chi have a long friendship and that is her little pet name for him (strange but true). She's a really nice person and a hoot to hang around with.

Regarding your Vespa experience, it sounds lovely. I bet you looked like Audrey Hepburn!

"xeyybj" - oh my!

Dorothy said...

Wow...you got alot of hits with this piece...now on to my comment...I forgot...

Laurie said...

Dorothy - I was surprised at the response, too. I just never know which posts are going to get a lot of comments.