Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sidewalk connoisseur

When you own a Segway, you become a sidewalk connoisseur of sorts. You really notice anything odd or unusual or broken about the sidewalks. It's more noticeable than when driving, because roads are generally in better shape than sidewalks, and cars have shock absorbers. The susceptibility to bad sidewalks is probably my least favorite thing about owning a Segway.

And my goodness, I thought the sidewalks between my current apartment and Microsoft were bad enough, but the sidewalks on the way to and from my new place are abysmal. There are holes in the sidewalk, months' worth of dead leaves and tree parts, and mailboxes right in the middle of the sidewalk. It's bad enough that it's basically all uphill from my new place to work; I went through three quarters of a charge on my brand new battery with just one trip yesterday. I've tried both sides of every street by now, and neither is any better.

5 comments:

stolee said...

You should probably get the Segway with off-road tires or something. Then, you don't need sidewalks...

Swid said...

Even better, buy a modded used De Lorean from Redmond's resident crackpot scientist instead.

Gunter said...

If you had thought about that, the sidewalks to and from work w/r/t your Segway, when you were new place-shopping, do you think it'd've affected your decision?

Travis said...

I suppose a little, but I'd still have certainly chosen the same place in the end. In the worst case (walking), it's a few minutes slower from the best case by bus or car of any of the other places. The Segway still works just fine and saves me time, but I can't go at full speed, and it's a bit annoying. I'm sure I'll learn to ignore it.

Larry said...

Hey, Travis, I know the feeling. I ride my Segway 12.8 miles round-trip on sidewalks daily in my Phoenix commute. I've got construction in my path too and once a trip I have to dismount to go up a curb in one area. I love my 40-minute Segway commute, even on Monday when it was 108 degrees.