The big uptick for my life is that I finally broke down in the face of nearly $3/gallon gas prices and bought myself a scooter. It's a Yamaha 125cc Vino which I drove all the way to Houma to get. That was the closest Yamaha dealer I could find and after doing a ton of research on the web, I was positive that I wanted this particular bike. 80 miles to the gallon...and it's actually very inexpensive.
I am not disappointed...the guys at Cycle World in Houma were really helpful and we had some fun conversation about how no one in Houma buys scooters. They said the only scooters they sell are to New Orleanians. Riding a scooter in Houma is apparently a pretty wussy thing to do. I was pretty comfortable with my city boy status so we shared a few laughs at the expense of my ego and masculinity.
Riding around the city on this thing is truly amazing...it just puts you in a different space as opposed to driving a car or truck. You really get a feel for the city cruising around on it. I did the math and realized I was spending about 60 to 70 bucks a week on gas...for no damn good reason. Now I will be spending about 8 bucks a week...and having a lot more fun getting from point A to B. You tend to see a lot more people walking around while riding a scooter. As a matter of fact, I think I saw Mr. Gloomy Pants walking down Prytania the other day near Oyster's casa, but he didn't see me.
So the big downtick for my life?? I bought a scooter. Cruising around town for the past couple days...I've really been exposed to the current state of the city. All the property for sale, the closed businesses, the fucking canyon-caliber potholes in the streets, the lack of tourists and business...it's been an eye-opener. This city is hurting...it's really hurting. The saddest part is that we're in the heart of "The Season". I can't bear to think how bad it's gonna get this summer. It's going to be a tough ride till the Saints come marching back in.
Although my life is finally getting straightened out (I am selling my house and I will finally be reunited with Mrs. Zombie and the Zombiekins on a permanent basis), I know it's going to be a long, arduous summer. At least I'll be able to get around town without being burdened by the carbon conundrum.