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Vespa Tetris!

What’s your next move?

Riding a scooter is akin to playing a game of Tetris: hand-eye coordination, spatial relations and meditation all rolled in one.

Once you realize that there is a relationship between traffic and Tetris, your perception of the landscape your driving with forever change. You’ll watch cars whiz past you and structures begin to form as you shape your own driving course to best suit the patterns playing out before you: you’ve started Vespa Tetris.

For example:

You’ve observed the traffic up ahead, as the light begins to change, starting to break and settle.  You notice the cars playing their own little games to get closer to the starting line themselves. Note that while they are all trying to find a closer place up ahead of one another, they won’t be watching out for you nor your dear ‘ol scooter. You plan for this by providing space(-this pattern you’ve only come to know so well) and smile when they realize your there, finally, in their rare view mirror. You now know the layout(both in front of and behind you) and know your possible plans of actions(and are always aware that unexpected movements might happen from any of those cars, as well), as the traffic around you has found their queue spots. With your scooter, you can now move between and betwixt them and make your way up to the front, filling in the spaces left open.

Of course, this isn’t a game you can take lightly. Your actions produce results and cause effects to those around you. A good Tetris gamer knows how to take what is given to them in the game and make it work within the allowed structures that come to be. A good scooter driver knows the same, and performs this (through practice) instantly and with little thought. As you gain experience driving, you will begin understanding the language of the road and be able to anticipate the patterns before they happen, becoming a master as Vespa Tetris.

And, just for a random FYI: Realizing that you are virtually invisible and assuming anyone could hit you, at any time, makes you become a safer, more aware driver- not only for yourself, but for all those out there on the road!

Game on!

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About kaie w. bird

A freelance photographer in Israel that likes to scoot about while documenting just about everything. P.S. I am a horrible editor. Forgive me.

2 responses to “Vespa Tetris!

  1. So good to know I’m not alone in thinking there’s something very similar between tetris and traffic!!!! 🙂 And the advice in the end sounds very useful also! 😉

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