Saturday, September 29, 2007

Showing Off

I like to show off on my segway. I've always liked attention. Sometimes you're not quite sure what to say, though. I also try to be humble. I went to Blockbuster and had lunch at a nearby Chinese Buffet food restaurant today. Thank goodness my friend and I weren't followed this time. We did have fun. She wouldn't stop teasing me about how I liked to show off. I know not to let things go to my head, though. Showing off can be a dangerous thing if you're not careful. That's how I fell the last two times. I was so comfortable and having so much fun that I forgot to watch where I was going and fell.

I did get quite a few good reactions today. One old man was looking for recyclable items. He looked homeless. When he saw me on my segway, he said, "I wish I could have one of those."

One woman asked me a few questions about my segway. All the usual ones. How much does it cost? How far can it go? Is it powered by gas or by battery? (In case you didn't know, it is powered by battery and can go up to 20 miles. It costs around $5000 used.) When my friend teasingly suggested that she try riding it, I said no. It didn't matter, though, because the lady was afraid to try it anyway.

One man did look at my segway and say, "I want to ride that." I replied, "Got $5000?" He lunged back in surprise and disgust. "I don't have that kind of money," he said as I left him.

Another woman saw me and shouted out, "Cool, wish I had one of those." She said something else too that I remember being a unique response, but I can't remember what it was she said.

On our way back, a couple in a van slowly passed us. They rolled down their window. "Sorry, we're not stalking you or anything, we just wanted to see how that thing worked," they told us. They said they had seen a segway once before a few years back in a parade. We talked a few minutes more and then went on with our business.

Lastly, one girl told me that she had seen police using segways, but always wondered if pedestrians could have one. She always was surprised to hear that they're actually called segways. She thought that was just what the police called them.


Anonymous said...

I'm a college student with a segway too, but I hardly use it anymore because if all the negative attention and rumors it brought me. Nice to hear you're still loving it ^_^

NYCindividual said...

So far, I haven't gotten any bad attention. My friends joke around about how I like to show off, but I don't think any rumors have been circulated and I haven't gotten any negative attention. Most people think it's cool.