Monday, May 5, 2008

Gotta Go

I'm really not sure how to explain this ... but I'll try.

Sunday was the 1st Annual Sustainable West Seattle Festival, devoted to all kinds of ways to help preserve our planet. Alternate transportation is one way and since the Westenders Scooter Club is primarily a West Seattle group, we were asked to set up a booth and show and tell about our 2 wheeled economical fun method of transportation. Our group enjoys riding scooters for myriad reasons; low cost, fun, maneuverability, fun, interaction with our environment as in smelling the neighborhood barbecues, ease of parking, consuming fewer petroleum products, and fun. Did I say fun? There is a new word for all these benefits, and it's called Vespanomics.
To quote a few lines from the Vespanomics web site:

How do I do it? Simple. Get on any of the most technologically advanced, eco-friendly motor scooters and just "twist n' go" to get 70 miles per gallon and go 40 - 100 miles per hour, depending on the model.

Why should I do that? If Americans were to switch just 10% of their total mileage to scooters, they would consume 14 - 18 million gallons less fuel per day and carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 324 million pounds per day as well. (Source ICR survey, May 2006)

On a personal level, they could also reduce fuel consumption by approximately 58%, carbon dioxide emissions by 80%, and significantly reduce traffic congestion.

I should quickly point out that Vespa scooters are not mandatory. There are many brands and models from which to choose.

So, you might well ask what a guy and his scooter might be doing inside a porta-potty. Changing his oil, perhaps? Getting gas? Well, no. In this case he has his scoot in there "just because he can" and for the silliness of the prank. One of the qualities scooter riders seem to share is a joie de vivre, or love of life. We are silly, spontaneous, quirky, fun loving, and just a little bit crazy. We are also prudent and judicious on the road and obey most of the traffic laws. Our group was recently described by my wife as "a bucket of monkeys". Frankly, I think that's quite apt, and I readily admit enjoying life in the bucket.

For one more example, see how the Westenders Scooter Club supports our world here.

25 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Too cool--I am learning. Went to my first meeting with Scooters of Skagit. It was Ok and everyone was nice and I wasn't so shy so I think I was accepted.(or acceptable) I gotta get going on that scooter. MB

USelaine said...

It looks like the right kind of nutty to be. Sally forth!

Bibi said...

That's a great photo! And that porta-potty is the largest I've ever seen/been in. Love your puns.... is the guy's name "Loo?" Ha,, ha.

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is one of your funny posts and I really liked your wife's description of the gang: A bucket of monkeys.

Tanya said...

Now that's an interesting photo,lol! I still can't believe it fit!

Jim said...

Looks like a fun couple of guys and the event sounds like a great way to get people interested.

the donG said...

that porta-potty is huge. hahaha... nice post.

"carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 324 million pounds per day as well." >>> that's a lot to help save earth.

Marcel said...

Chuck,

I loved the photo and had to laugh. And I agree with what you are saying about ones carbon footprint, fuel consumption and traffic. The little electric scooters are getting popular here in Sitka. Since we are all hydro-electric they reduce fuel consumption and carbon. I think they go 35 mph, so they would not work on a freeway, but then again we do not have a freeway.

When we lived in Seattle I drove a motorcycle year round. I loved that I could always find a place to park and in those days motorcycles went to the front of the ferry lines and always got on.

Chuck Pefley said...

USelaine: yes, as the British say, "kind of potty" -:)

Bibi: in this case "Loo" would be a good name -:)

Tanya: this Porta-Potti has the distinct advantage of being wheelchair accessible. The ones to the left are just the standard kind. Note that their floor sits just a couple inches above the ground whereas the scooter potty is at ground level. A distinct advantage when servicing a scooter!

Murphy_jay said...

Wow Chuck you seem to be really enjoying yourself.

If it's fun and earth-friendly, why not? :)

d. chedwick said...

Fun picture! I saw Vespas (and other brands) all over Italy-a massive amount of scooters flying around-- and the 'vespians' certainly seemed to be having fun. Compared to Italy, rainy Ireland has few.

How is it to ride in the rain? What special clothing do you wear for torrential downpours? I ask about special clothes because the bicyclists in Mytown wear very pricey special outfits, helmets, shoes.
I would think you'd be more casual.

Joni said...

Great post Chuck! Really made me laugh this morning. What a fun family we are! I too love the life "in a bucket." Just not a Honey Bucket!!!

Marie-Noyale said...

"Just because we Can"
is an Excellent reason to have fun and the prescription is...
As many times as we want!!
Nice post.

Kelly said...

I loved this photo! I drove a Vespa when I was a student in Munich in the early eighties! They are so much fun, and I wish I could have one still!

raf said...

What a fun shot of "Loo"
and scoot in the garage! The joie de vivre is indeed reflected in all your posts involving the Westenders group. Cool post....Way cool!

BTW Chuck, you ol' devil you, you were spot on with my Odd Shot today! :)

marley said...

Great post Chuck! Perhaps your scooter friend couldn't find a bucket to go in!!

Speak YOUR Peace said...

Hee Hee! I look forward to some antics with the "monkeys" come June!

Great invite to a great festival. Very cool!

Livio said...

Incredible Chuck! I did'nt know there were in USA so many fans of Vespa. Vespa Piaggio is an Italian products that motorized many Italian people since the 50's. I myself had got some Vespas when I was a young student. Absolutely I did'nt know the Vespanomics word.
Chuck please drive carefully your "bucket" because I remeber the brakes of my Vespa were not to the top.
Thanks for you stopping by frequently and comments.

Kelly said...

Hi, Chuck!

Thanks for visiting my "zoo" today. No, it isn't public art, but it should be...it is far more interesting! Nope, this guy is planted down the street in my neighbor's garden. I think he might be making regular appearances.

My daughter thanks you for your birthday wishes! She asked me to ask you if the "Alexander, the man who knows" sign is still in a stairwell in Pike Place market?

Lynette said...

Chuck, Chuck, Chuck. This is so outta sight great--the photo, the explanation, the bucket of monkeys moniker--I love it, right now!

Glenn Standish said...

Hillarious pic! Well done...thanks for the nice comments over at TORUĊƒ DP!

Sally said...

Been enjoying catching up with your posts, and this had me laughing! Great stuff. And more power to the Vespamaniancs of seattle!

Knoxville Girl said...

Great post about decreasing our carbon footprint, and the photo is really fun (and funny). I have a few friends who have Vespas, and they really are free spirits too.

Ming the Merciless said...

HAHAHA! Great photo!

I would wheel my Vespa into a Porta-Potty too if (1) I had a Vespa and (2) if there is a Porta-Potty big enough to accommodate us.

Louis la Vache said...

What a hoot! :-)

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