Motorcyclists tend to look down on those who ride scooters. Unless you’ve got a Vespa and you live in Sicily, scooters just ain’t cool. And everybody knows, therefore, that scooter riders are wusses. Right?
Gee, now I’m not so sure. You see, a few weeks ago I was sitting outside McDonalds (see comedian Jim Gaffigan talk about the shame of being in or near McDonalds here) when this old lady rode up on a scooter.
In case you were wondering whether that is white sand on the side of the curb, let me disabuse you of such fanciful notions. The parking lot was covered by snow and ice, a typical prairie winter day well below freezing. And she blasted right through it all and up to the curb. Do scooters even come with snow tires? How do you stay warm? Isn’t this crazy?
I have only begun to process this information. But one thing I do know: not all scooter riders are wusses.