Please meet Vince*, my main source of transportation for the last two years. Named after Vince Noir of The Mighty Boosh, this delightful piece of machinery has been my bff in the scary vehicular world. He's reliable and environmentally friendly (100mpg!) and made driving to work fun. People respond quite strangely when they see a girl on a brightly colored little scooter. I've had lots of gross guys catcall me (what is the point?), thumbs up and pretend-races from bikers, solidarity from other scooterists, and once got deathly sick after being stuck in the freezing rain on the way home. I've put up with crazy drivers and people who insist on calling it a moped (it's not the same thing!) but it was all worth it. My favorite reaction is waving-- people love to wave at scooter drivers! I even had a tourist once take my photo at a stoplight.With the big move coming up soon, it makes more sense to sell Vince than put him in storage for an indeterminate period of time. When we settle down after traveling and I have a librarian job, a new incarnation of Vince will take me to work everyday-- I'm just too in love with scooter culture to ever say goodbye for good! But for now I must say goodbye, my darling! I hope you find a new girl (or boy!) to love you just as much.
Wearing: Thrifted vintage dress (this one, shortened) and H&M flats. Don't worry-- this is NOT proper scooter driving attire & I always wear a helmet!
Doctor Who & "Ciao" stickers!
*Vince is a 2007 Honda Metropolitan with lots of pretty mods. He's been such an important part of my life that I just had to write a special farewell post (and as I write this I realize I'm going to miss him much more than I originally thought). But we're only traveling with a small u-haul trailer, so I'd have to leave him behind anyway. I'd feel much better knowing he's being driven and not just sitting in a shed, so if you're interested and live in NC please contact me for specs!