Alongside is “Our Lady of Sunoco.” We used to call it “Our Lady of Exxon,” but I noticed that it is now a Sunoco down there. I used to pass this place all the time when FSI was located in Roslyn. I suppose a church can be anywhere, but it just seems odd to have the gas station with the steeple on top. There is a lot of new construction going on in Roslyn. It doesn’t seem to have hurt the area that FSI moved away.
Below is the bike rack at Dunn Loring with a motor scooter. This seems to be part of a trend. I am seeing these motor scooters more and more places that used to be the domain of bikes that actually require some muscle movement to propel them.
I am a bike snob. I don’t consider motor scooter folks as up to being in the “bike club.” Just having two wheels is not enough to qualify. The scooters have the additional negative of often being loud and stinky. The irony is that those little engines make a lot of pollution.
They don’t belong in places with bikes.
I remember how the scooters and mopeds made walking around in Rome a lot more stressful. A moped can go pretty much anywhere and the pinheads riding them feel free to ride down paths and sidewalks. Bikes shouldn’t be in some of the places either, but the moped people tend to be more aggressive. Mopeds and scooters have never been very common around here. Let’s keep it that way. I put them up there with leaf blowers as marginally useful devices that we would be better off without.