Gotta Scoot

A foray into the world of the 2-wheeled amateur

01/04/2007 Introductions all round

Hi everyone! Welcome to my new blog. In the interests of reading convenience, I’ll try to keep it catchy and brief, but as I spend most of my writing life churning out essays for the various courses I’ve studied at university, it may take a while before I adjust to the new (and very cool) environment of the blog. Today I decided to start a blog primarily about my new scooter, and in so doing, share my experiences, discoveries and insights about changing from 4 wheels to 2. I’ve been truly inspired by a number of scooter and motorcycle blogs that I’ve been reading fairly avidly over the past few months. Two that particularly come to mind are Scooter in the Sticks and Big Guy Small Scooter. Let me just say that if you’re a scooter enthusiast (and perhaps a part-time philosopher like me), you need to have a look at these!

So, to get everything started then – first of all, let me introduce my scoot, photographed stylishly amid the backdrop of a generous neighbor’s charmingly dilapidated carport, replete with a whopping crack in the pavement and a back fence that has seen better days.

Isn’t it pretty?

my new scoot

Before you ask, no it doesn’t have a name, and no, I don’t think I’ll bother with one! At least for the time being, I can’t profess to a wealth of 2-wheeled experience. Actually, to be truthful, I don’t yet have a license… but I’m working on it! Before you begin – I only zoomed around the block once… ok, well, twice… and there weren’t any cars around… and I was only doing 20km/hr. Anyway, finger’s crossed, by the end of the week, I’ll have a big yellow L-plate attached to my number plate, then I can really go places.

So how did this incredibly stylish sports machine wind up in my possession, you ask? Well, it all began not long ago at a school disco. These places of excitement and wonder – where you may be lucky enough to have a first kiss and be asked out onto the dance floor – are absolutely dead boring when you happen to be a teacher at the tail-end of an 11 hour day with frankly better things to do than tell adolescent girls that no they can’t go into the hall unless they go and change, and yes that skirt is too short – no arguing, young lady!

Anyway, so there I am wandering around sipping a bottle of water that the boys at our local brother school made me pay for (the nerve… they should be paying me overtime!) Then I hear the obnoxiously loud roar of an engine, and a colleague/friend of mine Mark pulls up in leather on a beast with two gigantic wheels and a blinding headlight.

“Wow!” I remember saying to myself. “I wanna do that when I have my mid-life crisis!”

I’ve always been one for starting things early. So at 28, here I am with a TGB 101R 150cc sports scooter chained to a pole in our unit car park. All it took was the photo of this guy cruising on the highway (thanks and I was desperate to hand over the cash.

tgb on the highway

No, that’s not me… yet!


April 3, 2007 - Posted by | Learner riders


  1. Hello Pumpkin,

    It’s the “mechanic” here. Sa-a-ay, why don’t you wheel that little shinny scooter of yours over here so I can give you an oil check.

    Comment by Wham Bam thank you Pam | April 17, 2007

  2. Two new studies show why some people are more attractive for members of the opposite sex than others.

    The University of Florida, Florida State University found that physically attractive people almost instantly attract the attention of the interlocutor, sobesednitsy with them, literally, it is difficult to make eye. This conclusion was reached by a series of psychological experiments, which were determined by the people who believe in sending the first seconds after the acquaintance. Here, a curious feature: single, unmarried experimental preferred to look at the guys, beauty opposite sex, and family, people most often by representatives of their sex.

    The authors believe that this feature developed a behavior as a result of the evolution: a man trying to find a decent pair to acquire offspring. If this is resolved, he wondered potential rivals. Detailed information about this magazine will be published Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

    In turn, a joint study of the Rockefeller University, Rockefeller University and Duke University, Duke University in North Carolina revealed that women are perceived differently by men smell. During experiments studied the perception of women one of the ingredients of male pheromone-androstenona smell, which is contained in urine or sweat.

    The results were startling: women are part of this repugnant odor, and the other part is very attractive, resembling the smell of vanilla, and the third group have not felt any smell. The authors argue that the reason is that the differences in the receptor responsible for the olfactory system, from different people are different.

    It has long been proven that mammals (including human) odor is one way of attracting the attention of representatives of the opposite sex. A detailed article about the journal Nature will publish.

    Comment by Tolepoiblebek | November 16, 2007

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