Got this in the mail a week or so again. Thought it was pretty neat.
Four Cheese Lasagna available at some Trader Joe’s:
A tad pricey at $59.99 but it’s got lots of nice details. Thanks to Heather M. for this find!
This import CD is a bit pricey at $19.99 but if you’re a Blue Note fan and a scooter fan, you may have to have it:
A recent scooter rally conversation reminded me of this porn video that features a Vespa VBA that is ridden by a delivery girl who likes to please her customers if you know what I mean. Here’s the description from Seattle’s Something Weird Video:
Colonel Carnal, owner-operator of the “fastest messenger service in town,” starts up Carnalâ€™s Cuties, which “uses pretty girls to deliver the goods.” By van, by Vespa, and by bike, Thomasina (DUSTY DARLING), Hari (MARIA TORTUGA), and Dierdre (JANET SANDS), clad in short-shorts and T-shirt, deliver bigtime and, in return, get big “tips”.
The porn scenes are very seventies with hirsute girls and no implants (and no sex with the scooter watching) but what’s especially charming is watching a porn actress who clearly hasn’t ever ridden a Vespa try to muscle the little scooter around. She does alright but winces as she fights to get it into neutral after stopping and then at the end of the movie, the scooter stops during her departure scene and she just looks so frustrated. And last but not least there is a kickstart wound on her calf visible during her uh, scene. I think we can all relate. What I’m really curious about is if this scooter is still around, being ridden by someone who has no idea that their scooter was once a porn star! Alas, it can not be my VBA because mine still had original paint when I got it. Sigh.
You can find a couple copies of this book on Amazon.com and it’s available from the publisher who also created the bible of ScooterSwag â€” Vespa Forever. Of course you’ll have to figure out how to get them to return your e-mails. I have tried ordering both books with no luck after repeated efforts. Hence the “rare bit” categorization. : (
Here’s a description:
“If Piaggio (the Vespa manufacturer) had published a childrenâ€™s book back in the 50s, it would probably have looked like â€œEnricoâ€™s Vespaâ€. Why? Because the prize-winning designer Elena Pongiglione has illustrated this book. She designed most of the official Vespa artwork for Piaggio in the 50s and 60s. Today, deep into the Internet Age and 50 years after the great era of commercial art at Piaggio, this childrenâ€™s book recaptures the spirit of the legendary Italian scooters. On his fatherâ€™s Vespa, Enrico sets out on a fantastic tour through Europe. He is joined by his sister Elena, the teddy bear Yo Yo, the cat Minou and the dog Wow Wow. â€œEnricoâ€™s Vespaâ€ is an exciting book for children and a collectorâ€™s piece for all parents.”
This book also includes a board game and a cut-out sheet.
Apparently both “Vespa Forever” and “Enrico’s Vespa” are available at ScooterProducts.co.uk.
The Sims 3 World Adventures game has scooters that you can ride while your character is in Europe. Not being a gamer myself I can’t say whether this is cool or not. Any Sims/ScooterSwag fans like this game? Come forward and ye shall be heard.