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Sanity may yet prevail

December 17, 2014
Havana traffic

Cuba is famous for the old American cars on its streets (Photo copyright © 2014 Brenda Priddy & Co. Used by permission)

I honestly never thought I’d live to see this: on Wednesday President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba.

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Ja Yule

December 15, 2014
Outside the Hurricane Cafe

After breakfast, a pre-ride meeting before heading off to buy toys (Orin O’Neill photos)

I was looking forward to having a scooter to ride in Seattle’s annual Yule Scoot ride, hosted by the Metro Betties SC. The scooter, however, was not.

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I can has scooter ride (today, anyway)

December 7, 2014
Torpedo, parked

Parked in downtown Edmonds (Orin O’Neill photos)

You generally won’t see high temperatures in Western Washington in the mid-50sF in December. But I will take them, especially when there’s no chance of rain.

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I can has scooter (for a short while)

December 1, 2014
ItalJet Torpedo 50

Also known as Inga (Orin O’Neill photo)

I’ll be spending the next few weeks house- and dog-sitting. And while I’m at it, I get something else to look after.

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Not movin’ on

November 19, 2014
Moving van being loaded

Photo: Southern Mississippi University

The press release from Piaggio, dated November 7, was just one paragraph:

“With regard to a report about the Piaggio Group published this morning in the Corriere della Sera, the company categorically denies that it has any plans to transfer its headquarters. The suggestion in the newspaper is wholly false and has no basis in fact. The company will take all possible steps for its protection.”

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Opinion: If I were Scomadi…

November 12, 2014
Scomadi TL 300

Scomadi Turismo Leggera 300 (Scomadi U.K. Ltd.)

On the heels of U.K. scooter maker Scomadi announcing the beginning of production (in China) of the 50cc version of its Lambretta-inspired scooter comes word that dealers have been appointed in the United Kingdom.

Needless to say, this has the international scooter universe buzzing about when sales might begin in continental Europe and the U.S. While the company has not announced what plans it might have along this line, I’ve had some thoughts about what I’d do if I were Scomadi, which you can see after the jump.

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Oh yes you can

November 10, 2014
Shopping cart

Morgan Mahana photos

Second only to “SCOOTERS ARE DANGEROUS!” is the spontaneously expressed belief held by non-scooterists that “YOU CAN’T CARRY ANYTHING ON A SCOOTER.” Friend Morgan would beg to differ.

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