Scoot Commute

Buddy rolls over 15,000.0 in the most ugly location in Providence

Posted in Buddy St. Tropez (Franz Biberkopf), Daily Commute by sbahn on 2013/11/19
Genuine Buddy St. Tropez at 14,999.9 -- yep, getting ready to make a left turn

Genuine Buddy St. Tropez at 14,999.9 — yep, getting ready to make a left turn

I noticed on Monday morning that the Buddy was getting close to hitting 15,000 miles. I figured it’d be on Tuesday morning as I know the exact mileage of my daily commute.

Tuesday morning comes. I have a three-hour meeting starting at 9am so I wanted to get in early enough to enjoy a cup of coffee and go through whatever excitement happened while I was sleeping. Basically, I wasn’t thinking about odometers when I unlocked the gate and pushed the Buddy back onto the other side of the gate.

“Ride safe!” yelled the boy as I scooted down the leaf-strewn sidewalk and into the similarly leaf-strewn street.

Uneventful ride as I’m dodging cars, making way too many left turns at stop signs, waiting at red lights (shout out to Judy son’s graffiti mural at Tobey & Broadway). Then, for some completely unknown reason, as I literally wasn’t thinking about ANYTHING, I looked down and saw the odo at 14,999.7

“Ugh, here?!” is what I thought. Not the best place along the commute to pull over and snag a pic. But oh well, here goes!

Genuine Buddy St. Tropez turns over 15k on Atwells Ave on the 6/10 overpass

Genuine Buddy St. Tropez turns over 15k on Atwells Ave on the 6/10 overpass — note the reflection of the purple Rukka jacket — the jacket probably cost more than the scoot!

When the odometer turned over 14,999.9, I stopped, pulled off my right-hand glove, and fished out my phone (those who know me, yes, it was a shock I had it in my bag and it was charged). After taking the 14,999.9 pic, I shoved the phone into the glove, and then shoved the glove into the “glove compartment” of Buddy, riding bare-right-handed (GASP!) down Knight Street, turning onto Atwells.

As the Bud turned over to 15k, I pulled over and put on the hazards, which I forgot this scooter has until I remembered. Taking the phone out of the glove, I snapped a pic of the odo. Then I thought, why not capture the moment?!

I looked up and saw a hipster dude walking along the sidewalk on the overpass for Route 6/10. I thought, “oh man, he’s gonna think you’re taking a picture of him…oh f’it.”

As he walked by, I yelled over excitedly,”I just hit 15,000 miles!”

He looked over, bemusedly, “Wha?”

“15,000 miles, I just hit 15k on this!”

“Oh, cool.”

So I guess yelling through a Cyclone Buff and full-face helmet dulls the excitement? I mean, c’mon! 15,000 miles on a piece of Tupperware. I think I may have made my money back.

Atwells Avenue heading toward Eagle Square -- 6/10 overpass

Atwells Avenue heading toward Eagle Square — 6/10 overpass

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