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How time flies…

It occurs to me periodically that we’re all getting older, and people who were students at the time when being a student almost automatically meant being radical – May 1968 – would typically now be in their sixties, at or coming up to retirement age. And the same would be true of a lot of the people who were in the subcultures of that era – the mods and rockers, and so on.

I was reminded of this when I saw my local paper this week, with an advert for a local shop that sells mobility scooters – the electrically-powered sit-on scooters Old People use for getting to the shops. Recently one Old Person in my town was given an ASBO for driving hers through the market, at speed, waving a walking stick and shouting at people to get out of her way. And she’s not the only one: here’s another news item on the same theme (and it has a wonderful pic with it…).

But I digress, and anyway I have a half-done draft of a story with a similar scene in it, which I must dig out and finish sometime…

The shop’s most popular mobility scooter? It’s called the ‘Rascal’. A little further investigation tells me that Rascal is actually a manufacturer of scooters and they’ve recently had a ‘Pimp My Rascal’ contest.

Old People aren’t what they used to be…

V commented that sooner or later, surely Harley Davidson will notice this trend and start marketing mobility scooters for ageing rockers… It could be fun, though, if they ever go into the stairlift market… No, I’m not going to finish that thought…

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  1. December 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

    LOL they could call it the ‘Born to be Wilder Than Ever’ Harley model no 60+

  2. December 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Harley use model codes to designate particular features of bikes, so a FLTCU is a Tour Glide Ultra Classic, for example.
    The first letter designates the engine series, L in the second place is a high-compression engine, and other letters indicate things like classic or custom design (C), a touring model (T), and factory-fitted extra gizmos (U).
    So for a mobility scooter I’m wondering what letter codes they could use for the the UK market. They could re-start the engine designation (A = electric), have a soft-tail design (S), belt drive (B) and original features such as a handlebar mount for a cattle prod (O).

  3. December 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    How about LOLMOOW little Old Lady Get Out Of Way for the girls and GOM-S for the boys – Grumpy Old Man-Shift!

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