It’s not so much that there is danger around every bend – that there are dragons to slay and princesses to save when you are a blogger reporting the latest and greatest wrist-worn timepieces.
I go out in the world, retail stores mostly, to check out the newest editions of watches to evaluate their relative merits and values. Prices of these tiny products can run into the thousands of dollars. Values are subjectively justified by subtle esoteric factors such as craftsmanship, name brand, features and composition.
So, where’s the danger? It’s when you are finished perusing the watches, have your internal dollar meter set to “high” and then look at other products that have a much higher ratio of bulk to price level. For instance, last week, researching Father’s Day gift ideas I spent part of a day going through the local selection of TAG Heuer and Movado products – then, on the way home I stopped at a local scooter-moped shop. The brain can’t cope with what it encounters and it takes all the resistance one can muster to keep from slapping plastic on their counter. I mean, really: for the price of one watch, you can get two scooters. Incredibly, at slightly under $3 per pound, these road-worthy, fun and fuel-efficient motorized marvels represent mobility and freedom more than ever before.
I pick up a lot of lip service about Chinese-made products not being “quality” and that our country will suffer economic strife from a building trade deficit. But, in the meantime, here’s a product that is the greenest way to get around town (upwards of 100 MPG), that costs less than $900 to own, does not require a special license to drive, and does not require insurance. In most states scooters are categorized as motorized bicycles, which means that they can be legally and safely driven in the reserved (turning, bus and bicycle) far right lanes that are being instituted around the country.
Fun and easy to drive. The latest generation of scooters are one-speed (no gear shifting) and are push-button starting. You may suffer the occasional evil smirk from Harley-Davidson riders, but you won’t spend the time and energy they do endlessly shifting gears and clutching at every start and stop – your feet just sit on the ample floor-board and more speed is attained by twisting the right handle grip. For stopping, your brakes are the pull-levers (just like a bicycle) on the handlebars. Easy-peachy.
So, go and shop for a new watch. Come home with a scooter. Dangerous world we live in, eh?
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