When gas prices hit $3 a gallon a few years ago and we were all aghast, I bought a Stella scooter. The little mint green wonder gets about 90 to 100 miles-per-gallon and it’s 2-gallon tank used to fill up for just about $5. Now I fill up for just under $10.
I had the idealistic notion that I would ride this scooter everywhere. I’d be thrifty, I’d use less gas and I would have more money to do other things…like buy groceries. Well, I’d like to say that I’ve lived up to that promise, but mostly the scooter is for joy rides and idulgent trips just for the sake of riding.
This weekend I’ve got a real reason to ride. The Individual Artists Gallery, located at 811 N. Broadway, will showcase scooter art Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Rally on the Alley, a benefit for IAO, will showcase classic scooters, scooter related art, films and performance as well as music, food and a cash bar. The gallery will also hold a raffle giving folks a chance to win a Aprilia Scarabeo 100. Ok, so not everybody will win the scooter, but I’m sure there will be plenty of scooters, old and young at the event. Check out an old P-Series Vespa that sat in a garage for 20 years, or even better — maybe someone will show up with a Cushman scooter.
Either way, there should be plenty to gawk at — and me. Although, you can’t laugh when it takes me three tries to kick start my scooter while my husband is already miles down the road on his scooter. All I can say is, I need all the practice I can get.
See you there.