I was incredibly lucky to have Mr. Gloria buy me a scooter for my fortieth birthday, a total surprise but very pleasant. I had always planned to get a scooter but two things held me back. First is the fact that I am a cheap bastard and couldn’t stomach putting the money out on it. And second I wanted my ass to be a little less wide before straddling a scooter and riding around town. ANYWAYS. Mr. Gloria took the wishy-washy nature of me and ended the question. He bought me a beautiful blue scooter. I named her Luci. Short for “Luciole” which is French for Firefly. My little way to pull my geekiness into her name. Joss Whedon forever!!
But I digress, I ride my scooter faithfully. Most days once the snow has left I can be found riding my baby to and from work. She parks on the sidewalk just outside my work (and saves me countless amounts of money – I haven’t gotten a single parking ticket since Luci came into my life) I can see her from the window all day long.
So yesterday I had just finished up my lunch and was heading back into the branch when I, of course, glanced over to see how Luci was faring for the day. Low and behold beside her was this Dude. He was on his own scooter. Not nearly as pretty as my Luci but a scooter non the less. So this guy is busy checking Luci out. And I mean checking her out. He sat there eyeballing her up and down. Moving to see her fender better. A slight smile on his face as he ogled her headlights. A good five minutes, he checked her out, as I walked up the street and entered my branch.
As I saw this I was left with a feeling of unease. Almost violation. Why was this man checking out my baby? Leering at her with such lust in his eyes. I can honestly say I have never felt like that. He was so obvious, so disturbing that I couldn’t help the shudder that wracked my body.
Then I realized that although I think of her as a sentient being Lucy is just a machine. And he was longing for her in a jealous way. He wished he could have a scooter as awesome as mine. And with that I smiled and let it go