Friday, September 29, 2006

A New Baby

As many of you know, the wife and I are currently expecting... but I have a confession to make. We already brought home a new baby earlier this month. Yes, that's right. Three weeks ago today, we welcomed a shiny new Vespa 50 LX to the family.

My brother-in-law calls it a glorified leaf blower, but I tell ya', it can sure fly for a leaf blower. It's certainly not a crotch-rocket, but it can cruise at speeds up to 50 mph. Plenty fast to get me to the store and shuttle me to the nearby metro and back, and slow enough to keep the wife from nagging me too much.

I've run up a hefty 212 miles on it so far and haven't even burned through 2.5 gallons of gas yet. A refreshing change of pace to the rape I experience at the pump with my car. Unfortunately, however, the bike did just incur it's first war wounds (In case anyone was in doubt, doing a Chinese fire-drill on a clutch-less scooter while holding onto the throttle is a bad idea). The way I like to see it though, I no longer have to worry about that "first scratch" anymore. A weight has been lifted... and our baby now has that much more character.

14 comments:

BA said...

That looks sweet dude, too bad it's going to get freezing cold overnight there pretty soon. I remember the fall I spent in our nation's captial. One day I wearing shorts, swearing at Marc for waking up late on our morning run, the next day nearly freezing to death. But the vespa will be sweet for most of the year. Plus I'm sure all the partners at your firm will be very impressed when they see you pull up on a 50cc scooter.

Sue Ellen Mischke said...

You got raped at a gas station???

I finally posted. I can't say it's any good, but you asked, so I felt compelled to deliver.

Marc said...

Hey... any blog post is better than no blog post.

blondemama said...

I hate getting the "first scratch" on anything. It seems like we always have the luck of not just getting the "first scratch" but the "first dent" or the "first stain".....nice scooter though.

Anonymous said...

Move to Europe (or Oregon) you glacier loving hippie. Anything that gets over 15 mpg is unpatriotic! Whenever I see people buzzin' around in their Hybrids and scotters I can't help but feel the terrorists have already won.

Hobby Horse said...

nice scooter, how's your kitchen? [/bored]

Lizzy said...

Attach a burley to the back of the bike and you've got yourself a family vehicle.

Mrs. McDreamy said...

Sweet vespa! I can just see you in your suit and helmet ready to get on the metro. Good times, good times.

Jackie said...

A Vespa! How great is that... Talk about the perfect form of transportation for this area.

Treidi said...

I have one question, helmet or no helmet? If you wear a helmet can you please photograph yourself modeling it? I'd like to see that.

Anonymous said...

I was positive this blog was going to be about a new leather satchel, unfortunatley now I guess I will have to wait until christmas to hear about... Can you please post a picture of you riding your scooter with your ascot, your leather satchel, talking on your cell phone, and calculating the mpg as you go? Thanks

Marc said...

Blondemama - But isn't life just a little better after that "first scratch"?

Huck Finn - Guess I'm Taliban then.

Hobby - Kitchen's good. Promise I'll get around to posting pics' someday.

Lizzy - Thank you for opening up my world to the Burley.

McDreamy - You like that image, eh?

Jackie - Amen.

Treidi - Helmet and yes.

TFB - Now that was the comment I was expecting from BA. Sorry though... I don't own an ascot.

Sue Ellen Mischke said...

What? No post about dirty congressmen and their penchant for young pages? I'm shocked!

I beat you to a new post. This hasn't happened in a while.

Marc said...

It's been such a fast-moving story that anything I posted would have been obsolete in an hour. If I decide to write anything on it it will be how the Republican leadership in the House and the conservative media are desperately (and shameful) trying to deflect any responsibility about ANYTHING onto anyone. They've certainly taken a page out of Karl Rove's book... admit nothing.