Scooter Life

Some assembly required...

Some assembly required…

I bought a scooter and I’m a little awed by it. It’s a TAO TAO Roman
purchased on Amazon. and it came in a giant cardboard box today.

Right now, as you can see, it needs assembly. That’s what I’ll be doing (with Mr. Smith!) tomorrow.

Reasons why I bought a scooter? It’s such a cheap back up vehicle is the main reason. We wanted to turn the car into more of a family shared vehicle but I need something reliable I can put around town on. I like to wear skirts in the summer and I enjoy the whole wind-in-my-hair lifestyle. A scooter seems like the answer.

Did I mention it was an economical choice? I paid around $1,000 for a brand new machine. It gets 90 miles to the gallon and rumor has it that my plate and registration will be less than $50. Since I already had my motorcycle license, I bought a 150 cc machine. Anything less than 50 cc you don’t need anything more than a regular driver’s license.

As much as I’d like to pretend like a scooter was solely a practical choice, I have to admit I got chuffed with all the hidden compartments and I like the vintage-esque styling. I even bought an owl decal for the locking storage compartment on the back.

I am a bit nervous looking at it. It’s been a few years since I rode a motorcycle (my first post on this blog was about me selling my motorcycle) and this scooter is not a motorcycle. It feels more like a toy and the concept of sitting on it like a chair is worrying me. I can’t wait to try it out and see how easy it is. The rest of the world seems to deal with them nicely.

Tomorrow is scooter D-Day, so expect some more photos and wish us luck. Here’s what the scooter should look like once it’s together.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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