Happy birthday, Mia!

Yesterday was Mia’s 5th birthday – or, more accurately, five years since she got unloaded off the truck at Wick’s Wheels.  Being friends with the scooter shop owner got me some good perks, like actually being able to unbox my own scooter.

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Still in her protective bubble wrap!

I remember anxiously awaiting the post-delivery inspection to be done so I could ride my new scooter home.  I’d only ridden a Buddy a few times before, the Wick’s Wheels “shop Buddy”, and really enjoyed it – and I was super excited to take my very own Buddy home.

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Just after her first trip home! She had so much chrome on her at that point, haha.

I didn’t realize just how attached I’d get to this scooter over the years, or how much she’d be tied into my identity.  People at the office knew me as “the girl with the green scooter”, or “wait, you’re the one who rides to the office in February?  You’re either brave or crazy!” (It’s a little of both, to be honest.)

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Don’t worry, I didn’t actually RIDE her in the snow – I think I was going to use this picture for holiday cards back in 2013.

You know, Mia and I even made it into the 2014 Genuine Scooter Company catalog – and for a little while, I was scooter-famous, haha.

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The love is, in fact, genuine.  ❤

As I rode home from work yesterday in the 90+ degree heat, and scootered past where Wick’s Wheels used to be, I told Mia that she was the best scooter in the world, and that I’m so lucky I’ve got her back.  I don’t think I’d be where I am today without her, to be honest.  She was my main mode of transportation from when I bought her in 2013 until I got my driver’s license in 2017, and she took me everywhere.  Work, doctors appointments, the mall, and even on some longer trips – like the 20 miles out to J and Kasi’s by Lake Lemon, or the 40 miles out to Nashville, IN.  (We actually made that trip before I properly broke her in, I think, oops.  Oh well, she still runs like a champ.)

I rode her to my interview for my full-time job at IT Training, with yoga shorts on under my dress to make sure I didn’t accidentally flash someone.  I rode her to the house just after Ross and I signed all the paperwork on it and got the keys, so I could drop off a tiny load of stuff into the room that would eventually become my craft room (it’s the same color as Mia, and I told Ross I’d fight him for this room, because clearly it was meant to be mine).  I put all but 325ish of her 7787 miles on her.  And I love her dearly.

I’m glad she’s back in the garage.

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  • Lapis’s odometer reading: 2185 miles, thereabouts (it’s harder to just quickly check her mileage, I have to actually turn her on to see her odometer!)
  • Mia’s odometer reading: 7787.7 miles precisely (I just checked)
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Mia’s adventures

Something pretty awesome happened over the weekend – something I didn’t quite expect.  (Well, I knew it was happening, but you get the idea.)

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Lappy and her big sister, Mia. (if we go by model years, anyway, haha)

I got Mia back!

For those of you who don’t know, back before I was brave enough to be on the road in a car, I figured a scooter would be a good way to commute places and get used to being on the road.  (In retrospect, I think I might have been a little crazy, thinking a scooter was a better idea than a car, but scootering for so long helped me be a better driver, I think.)  I started out on a little Honda Metropolitan named Scooterlou, and had her for just shy of two years before I traded her in for Mia.  I’m Mia’s first owner, and even got lucky enough to watch her get unloaded from the delivery truck and help unbox her. I’m ridiculously attached to this little green scooter, probably even more than I’m attached to Lapis (and that’s a heck of a lot!).  I rode her everywhere – even out to Lake Lemon and Nashville, IN.  I decorated her for the holidays.  I even had a ham radio antenna on her for a little while.  She was my first taste at independence, and I loved her for helping me get wherever I needed to go.  She was a huge part of my life.

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We even made it into the 2014 Genuine Scooter company catalog! (Second row of images, on the far right side by the fold – there we are!)

When I finally got my license, though, I didn’t want to succumb to the temptation of just scootering to work because it was easier, and so I ended up selling Mia to my brother-in-law, Damion.  Since Mia ended up going to family, I wasn’t quite as heartbroken about selling her as I was when I traded in Scooterlou for Mia, because I knew I’d get to see her and ride her every now and then.  Plus, Damion ended up enjoying Mia as much as I did, which made me ridiculously happy.  I knew she was in a good place. 🙂

But then Damion got a car.  And asked if I wanted Mia back, because as he put it, “Mia has been telling me lately that she misses you.”  I won’t lie – I cried.  I was getting my girl back.  Sure, I love Lapis, and I love the freedom she gives me – but driving a car isn’t the same as riding a scooter.  I feel more in touch with everything around me when I’m scootering.  I love the feeling of the wind in my face, the roar of Mia’s little two-stroke engine, the stink of scooter fumes from said two-stroke engine.

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Since I’ve got her back, I got to thinking – do I really want to have two separate blogs for both vehicles that pretty much cover the same thing, me rambling about how much I love said vehicles?  And the answer: not really, haha.  So, this blog is now going to be Adventures with Lapis and Mia – and I’ll ramble about both of them here, since I love them both lots and I plan on owning both of them until they die.

Lapis’s odometer reading: 1716ish miles
Mia’s odometer reading: 7716 miles

Lappy’s first LARP

For those of you who don’t know me all that well, every month or so I participate in a live-action role-playing game (or LARP for short).  One of the things that factored into my decision to get Lapis was her cargo space and the all-wheel drive, because I need to load a bunch of gear into a car and drive out into the country with it.

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Lapis has way more space than the Nissan did, and can hold a heck of a lot more stuff. We actually managed to load the giant trash can full of foam weapons into Lapis – which I never would have been able to do with the old car.  And climbing those dirt roads going up steep hills was a breeze.  Speaking of dirt roads, someone ended up very dirty after that weekend in the woods…

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We even got to splash around in a bunch of mud puddles, and drive through a downpour – it was an exciting weekend, driving-wise. 🙂  Today, Lapis and I are going on our first camping trip together, to Elf Fest! 😀

Lapis’s odometer reading: 642 miles

The adventures begin

Well, actually, the adventures began… what, 425 miles ago?  That’s a heck of a lot of miles for only having Lapis for two and a half weeks.

Anyway!  I used to run a blog for my old scooter, Mia, but I ended up stopping posting when I got my driver’s license and sold Mia to my little brother in law.  I missed posting about my road adventures, but the car I had before Lapis wasn’t very… adventuresome.  It was a 2015 Nissan Versa Note SV – not the most impressive, powerful, or comfortable car out there.  I was terrified of driving, though, and wanted something that wasn’t all that big compared to some of the other cars I’d seen out there.  (Ross’s old XV Crosstrek was like a cruise ship compared to Mia, for example.)

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There’s the old Versa.

When I finally got my driver’s license last June, I ended up driving the Versa quite a bit – I commuted to work, I drove out to visit friends, but never really went more than about 20 miles away from home.  In the beginning, it was due to my lack of confidence, but as I spent more time driving and getting comfortable on the road, I realized that the Versa wasn’t exactly the most comfortable car.  Nor was she all that powerful – she struggled to get up hills, and didn’t handle snowy weather or rough roads all that well.

Enter Ross and his shiny new Outback, Luna.  He’d traded in his 2015 Crosstrek for a super fancy 2018 Outback, in Dark Blue Pearl.

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Oh Luna, you’re so fancy.

I’m not gonna lie – I was jealous as heck. Luna is a beautiful car – she’s got a moonroof, heated seats (even in the back!), welcome lights, EyeSight with Lane Assist and Blind Spot Detection, and loads of other features.  When I compared his fancy new Subaru to my sad old Versa Note, I thought to myself, “Maybe I could trade it in for a Subaru…”

And so I did.  Meet Lapis.  (Or, more accurately, Lapis 2 – but she feels far more like a Lapis than the Versa did.)

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So shiny new, she hadn’t even been home yet!

She is perfect.  She’s not as tricked out as Luna is, but she doesn’t need to be.  She drives like a dream, is incredibly comfortable, has a wonderful sound system, doesn’t take half my commute to get warm air pumping out of the vents when it’s cold out, and handles bumpy roads easily.  And oh, she’s powerful.  It’s hard to keep myself from going a little too fast in her.

I took her out for our first long trip together this week – not just her first long trip, but the longest drive I’ve ever done – 102 miles, up to Lafayette, IN for a conference.  And we both did just fine!  (Except for the tiny scratch she ended up with on her front bumper by gently booping the wall of a parking garage as I was adjusting her in a parking spot.  Oops.  Then again, I’d done way worse to my scooter, and she survived!)  There were some scary stretches of open plains combined with windy weather that weren’t exactly fun, but we made it.

And I swung by my office on the way back to snag something I had a fellow UITS co-worker make up for me…

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If you couldn’t already tell, I’m a bit of a Steven Universe fan.

Yep, Lapis has a Lapis decal now, which makes me super happy.  (I need to get her a Peridot decal soon!)  That was our little treat for traveling over 200 miles in three days. 200 miles that involved some 4-lane highways, some twisty back roads, and a fair bit of construction.

Maybe I’ll finally be brave enough to deal with the construction on IN 37/I69.  Maybe.

Lapis’s odometer reading: 425ish miles (I’m too lazy to go out and check at the moment)