Blog entries two days in a row? 2012 must surely be an apocalyptic year.
My 2012 started out with a bang (and a backfire). On December 31st I was driving to work when my scooter suddenly died. I coasted to a stop in front of a gas station and asked the attendant if it would be OK to park my scooter there until I could get it later. I thought I would be late to work for sure; fortunately, a taxi came to get gas just a few minutes later, so I lucked out.
After work I walked back to the gas station, retrieved my scooter, and pushed it to a shop. I got it back this evening (Monday). I guess a piston was no good or misfiring or something (I'm definitely not a mechanic). Anyway, I'm on the road again.
While it was a bit inconvenient to be without my wheels for a couple of days, it was also nice in a way. Taking the bus is better for the environment, and walking to and from the bus stops provided some much needed exercise.
I was without a scooter for the first sixteen months in Taiwan. During that time I saw so much more of my neighborhood when I walked. I didn't have this gut I've developed, either. ☹
Today, along the 15 minute walk from the bus stop to my work, I took a couple of photos: