The Scooter and the Sticker


This set of photos was taken on may 20, 2013 at 10:29 am,
The location was on a sidewalk in busy downtown Washington DC,
The "Take It!" came from my being a forever admirer of the Italian Vespa motor scooter.  There is just something very cool about the way they have stayed the same over all these years with very few modifications to the body shape, etc. As I approached this particular one while walking on the same sidewalk upon which it was parked - I knew I was going to take a shot of it as it was classic Italian red in color and looked to be relatively new.  I lined it up - and started at the front. I took the first shot and decided to have a closer look at the sticker that seemed to be almost color coded to match the scooter paint.  Imagine my surprise when I read the contents of the sticker. I just do not think there could be a cooler name for a surf shop - just great. This of course changed the theme of the photo session immediately - lol.
The After Take:  Most I have I shown this to - got it right away.  To some - I had to explain it - but that was quite ok. All thought it was definitely symbolically cool in numerous ways.  I must confess - it took me back to those long ago days when I surfed - even though I did it on the opposite coast.  Surfing is definitely a thrill of a lifetime.
Here is hoping you are either engaged in, or are an observer of some of your favorite things.
Wishing you the best,
Perhaps a ride on a red Vespa might just be the treat that will make your day.  Please wear a helmet.

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Comments: 8
  • #1

    Teri (Sunday, 16 June 2013 15:49)

    We always called those nerd mobiles back when they first came out. Funny thing was any of us would have gladly taken one.

  • #2

    Jeff (Sunday, 16 June 2013 15:52)

    I had one briefly in the 90s, ditched it when I found out state police wouldn't let people ride them on the freeways. That was an expensive ticket.

  • #3

    Gabe (Monday, 17 June 2013 13:39)

    Fitting sticker, as I would take one if I got one of these.

  • #4

    Sf1967 (Monday, 17 June 2013 13:40)

    They say red cars get pulled over the most. Do you think red vespa's fall into that category as well?

  • #5

    Sarah (Monday, 17 June 2013 13:42)

    I HAVE ONE OF THESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • #6

    Jim (Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:39)

    Always wanted to ride one of those.

  • #7

    Sally (Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:43)

    Would like to visit that surf shop!

  • #8

    whutzzat (Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:03)

    Sarah- Please let us know if the " one of these " is a Vespa or a sticker so that we can give you the proper measure of envy. If you have a Vespa - we will ask if you will send us a photo of this jewel, and we will post it. Should it be the sticker - please send us a photo of this as well showing us upon what you have it affixed - this to will be posted. We will ask for individual readings from viewer's envyometers to let you know just how far you have swept the field. Thank you.