January 16th, 2003

This IS me (by schwitters)Default

On the road again

My scooter passed its MOT today. This marks the end of a saga which started on Saturday when it failed and the garage told me they didn't have time to do the necessary work until a week Wednesday, which left me with a perfectly safe, roadworthy scooter which it was nonetheless completely illegal to drive (if you take a vehicle over 3 years old out on the road without a current MOT, you're breaking the law and your insurance probably won't cover any mischief you get up to with it).

On Monday the Vespa garage near where I work (it's called Londinium Scooters, is run by Italians and has a mural of a Roman centurion riding a scooter on the back wall) said they could do the work the next day. After they had the scooter, though, they rang me to say a gasket was gone and they couldn't get a spare till the day after, Wednesday.

Yesterday afternoon I got my baby back. The part that took 24 hours to replace cost £1.69. This morning I took it back to my local garage for a retest (half price) and joy! it passed. And in the nick of time, too, because I finished work at Holborn yesterday and tomorrow I start in Barking.

Barking. In Essex. An easy 40-minute drive versus probably around two hours on public transport - overground train into Central London then fourteen tube stops. And the public transport route is the one the agency assumes you'll be taking. Madness.

It doesn't look like much written down, but the whole wretched business has been uppermost in my mind and occupying most of my time since Saturday. Motor vehicles: they're time-consuming, expensive and a big worry. But the times when they're working, fully taxed and insured and you can just bloody well go out for a drive make it all worthwhile.
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