A recent gaming session left my child in stitches, as we switched the point-of-view in ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ to find Trevor Phillips chasing a hipster on a motor scooter shouting that they were now “SCOOTER BROTHERS!”  For several minutes, I just followed an NPC as my character shouted and tried to bond.  Of course, this led to a family discussion of whether or not we could ride such a conveyance with a straight face.  The vote in my house was 3 to 1 against, leading to today’s mo-ped query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is reminded of Eddie Izzard’s description of a scooter, saying that “you’re riding a $@&*$ing hair-dryer, with dogs walking faster than you”, asking: If you were given a scooter today, would you be proud to drive it or not?

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  1. January 8, 2017 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Depends on the scooter. If you were to give me a vintage Lambretta or Vespa from the ’50s or ’60s, I would certainly have not problem riding that around everywhere…

  2. Frank
    January 8, 2017 at 11:39 am — Reply

    I would be proud for about 30 seconds, until I got run over on the Atlanta roads.

  3. January 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    It is actually a dream of mine to have a yellow Vespa customized to look like the one on the anime FLCL, so yeah, I’d be proud if I got one similar to it. And even if it isn’t a Vespa, I’ve got some Decepticon decals I could slap on (because Autobots are weak!). I don’t drive due to my medications (a personal choice, not a legal restriction), so a scooter would make getting around a bit easier than having to wait on others or paying for a cab.

  4. January 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm — Reply

    Sure, it would be handy in the summertime. Not so much in the winter…

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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