A Vespa is the right speed for a county

I had been getting pissy about missing a Real Toronto Hallowe’en—it’s the newlywed Scott’s birthday and I’ve never been to one of their big parties, but since I was at his wedding to Antonia I thought, “Maybe this will be the year.” Everyone was unavailable for the weekend (therefore my means to get around, and the company with which it would be enjoyable), either at home or on duty. So I was very restless—bouncing off the walls you might say—and all the people on duty at the office were people I’m comfortable whining to so I was all, “C’mon, it’s my one night OFF! What do I DOOO!?? I have no caaAARr dangit. It’s Hallo-frickin’-WEEN!”

I was gonna bike into town because supposedly something was happening in the main park. Then I ran into Matt Perry, the teacher that is most off-the-wall and, I think, most like me. He said he’d be into going to see a movie, but the only one showing at 8 was “Max Payne”, a shoot-‘em-up revenge flick, and he has a Vespa, so it was gonna b a long cold ride (40 minutes?). But we went! Quel bonne aventure! I wore my red leather jacket with the woven big scarf and put my silk long undies on. Man. It’s the perfect speed. Y’know how bicycling is the perfect speed to explore a new neighborhood? Vespa is the perfect speed to explore a new county. I saw deer grazing by the side of the road! I never would have noticed that in a car. You can almost look straight into each house as you pass by. But man was it cold. Even though the air was mild—almost warm—your knees get mcfreezy, and any naked skin stings with cold. Matt didn’t wear a scarf so I valiantly gave mine up for the ride home since I got to be behind his body. It’s a lot warmer than taking the full beating of the night air on your chest. I’m going to buy that boy some leather gloves, though. Wool! In the wind?? What are these Americans thinking??


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