Today is the big day for US Elections, and I hope fellow Americans plan to get out and vote today- if you haven't already.
Make sure to prepare yourself for long lines and bring supplies (chairs, water, snacks, ECTs) to make your wait easier.
Don't walk away from your right to vote, even if they lines are long.
May the force be with you, folks. Do your thing today!
I ran into so many sassy Vespas down in ‘ol San Fran while we were out exploring the city, but I felt this particular ‘pa deserved extra attention as it made my day. I was already going to take a photo of it and was walking up to get the shot, when I noticed a detail that caught me by complete surprise: the “Be a New Orleanian, Wherever You Are” sticker that was proudly displayed, Read more
I’ve sent a shout out to a fellow Israeli Blogger Treppenwitz, who knows the joys of getting around Israel on a vespa, a while back here on the blog. In that post, I mentioned a little video he uploaded of his driving through J-lem’s Old City on the ‘pa. Today I wanted to share a very lovely story of his about kindness, women on scooters, and what happens to cute outfits worn on vespas in reality. I’ve included his story below and be sure to check out his blog!
This photo comes from Treppenzitz’s blog and was taken this past March when a great surprise happened in the country: SNOW!
“Being someone’s knight in shining armor:
I had a meeting in Tel Aviv not too long ago, and to get there, I had to take my scooter onto a fast moving highway called the ‘Ayalon’.
At one point I found myself following a nicely dressed young woman riding a little retro looking scooter. Read more
Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life, with Vespas.I won't go into more of this than I need, but I cam across a video clip of the Craig Ferguson Late Night Show that has really stayed with me, since viewing it last night. Last nights show was already pre-recorded, but Craig decided that he needed to address the recent event and he did so in a very touching and masterful way. The story is on Jezebel.com and you can view the link by clicking here, Craig Ferguson Forgoes His Monologue for a Soulful Rumination.
Upon reflecting on my last post, which was published about 24 hours (or so) before this tragic business, I believe that something inside of me felt that those word were needed. Not exactly those words, but that the intentions they were seeking that needed to be pushed out into the world and, I hope, gain some traction in what needs to happen without our world. We need compassion for another and to honor the fact that we are human and that there is value in that single fact. If we forget this, what becomes of us? As Craig Ferguson put it best, "We're all diminished by this".
If you want to read more about the updated status of those who were hurt during this terrible act, please click this link. I will not address certain other aspects of this event, as I believe the focus should be on the people who were hurt or lost their lives. We should honor them instead of give all the attention to whatever is beyond them.
UPDATE: I wanted to also include this story, that I just read and is important, here that is also taken from Jezebel: The Shining Knights of the Aurora Movie Theater.
I, being the fiery redhead I believe myself to be, would personally like to honor the life of Jessica Ghawi (click link to read more about her life). She is also a Texan Redhead, but I don't think I even begin to measure up to the greatness that she brought to the title, "fiesty redhead". Her story is absolutely one of complete fate and random happenstance, as she somehow narrowly cheated death about a week before in Toronto. She reflected upon this tragedy in her own blog:
"I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday," Jessica, who went by the last name Redfield professionally, wrote. "I saw the terror on bystanders' faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath." -Taken from NPR article.
She will be greatly missed, not only now by her close friends and family, by all a nation whose lives she touched by her charm and love of life.
Rest in peace, Jessica.
Thank you, for reminding us to embrace life and to honor it with all of ourselves.
A short tale of a small, West Texas town and the happenings of a woman on a scooter:
There are some moments that you are able to be a part of that restore your faith in humanity, at least for a little bit, now and then. I admit that most of the time, I find myself in a bit of a hurry and adopting those “city slicker” moods when I come back to this area fondly referred to as “West Texas”. It is a charming area, where people still find time to stop and chat to one another before they go on their way. Of course, everyone here is more and more “busy” being modern and in a rush to get anywhere else, but they still have moments when that old-time charm creeps into their bones and takes over for a moment. These are the memories of Home I’ll always cherish and never cease to amaze me when I am able to bear witness to them happening in today’s world. Read more
It’s certainly not considered kosher, but I love driving around Israel during Shabbat/Saturday.
Driving in Israel is already something most people, locals and foreign, will warn those wishing to get around by car to reconsider their decision. Even before I started driving here myself and observed others on the road from within a car, I noticed that people tended to drive a bit selfishly and without regard to anyone outside of their own vehicle. (A few of these drivers are okay, but a whole country of drivers with the same mentality is a burden.) Thus after a week of many close accidents with other vehicles (-just because you are on the road and not because you are driving crazy yourself), it is nice to have a break and have the roads all to yourself to enjoy. Thus, ani ohevet et zeh. Momosh, momosh, momosh. (more…)
The Mods are here.
Vespa Lifestyle, explained ii.
I must admit that I am not myself all that familiar with this particular subculture, but I find the history and images within this scene fascinating. This is another rather important facet to the vespa lifestyle, especially if you were born and raised in England. Proper respect must be paid to this particular happening within the larger vespa community and so it shall be. There is a slideshow at the bottom with tons of photos celebrating the Mod Lifestyle, via Vepsa.
The Vespa Lifestyle, via The Mods:
” What are The Mods? Mod (from Modernist) is a subculture originated in london, england around late 1950′s and peaked in early-to-mid 1960′s. (more…)