Roadkill: December 2002

Quiet American
Dec. 27, 2002, 2:38 PM

It was fun to go see the Quiet American the other night, right here where it was filmed, and with someone who is actually in the film. Our good friend is the photographer in the film. In his one line, Michael Caine asks him what they've got him working on, and he says, "Oh, some cockamamie scheme." An explosion occurs and he runs around taking pictures. Another friend who lost the photographer role claims to have spotted himself in the background, but we'll have to leave that unsettled until the DVD appears.

Review? An enjoyable film, and no glaring faults, though not as fleshed out as it might have been. Michael Caine is very good, but Brendan Fraser appears to be acting in a skit, not a movie. He only has one speech, when outed as a CIA agent by Michael Caine, that is good. It's a shame someone else isn't in the role, and the part wasn't more developed. Gary Oldman, perhaps? The lighting in the outdoor Saigon scenes is also terrible, and in sad contrast to the nice indoor shots. You don't really see much of Saigon, come to think of it, just the main square and a few house shots that could have been done elsewhere. Also some brief but spectacular northern scenery.

Well, go and see it for Michael Caine, and to see the nice main square we ride through most every day. -And for the photographer, of course.

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Cheap scooters
Dec. 25, 2002, 8:21 AM

Wouldn't it be nice if Santa declared that scooters would henceforth be cheap and plentiful and everyone would have one?

Hmmm, have to think about that one...

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Shipping
Dec. 21, 2002, 10:02 AM

We've added a note above about shipping from North America over the holidays. (Our big holiday in Vietnam comes in February for New Years.) And if you refresh the page, you'll see a pretty little box around the note.

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2003 scootRS Calendar
Dec. 17, 2002, 3:11 PM

It's back and better than ever for 2003!

The 2003 scootRS Calendar is out. A poster-size, 5-page scooter calendar on great quality glossy paper. On each page there are three months, a different scooter, and an incredible model. Plus the cover page and more pics. Get one while they last.

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3-port VL1
Dec. 14, 2002, 11:57 AM

We've added this lovely VL1 to our Available Now page. It has a completely rebuilt PX150 3-port 12v electronic ignition motor with a 10 inch wheel conversion. The bright halogen lights are a treat, the leather seats are very nice, and all the scootRS quality details will be appreciated up close. Old-school styling with new-school driving. On sale at the moment. Going, going,...

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Vespa CDI electronic ignition kit
Dec. 13, 2002, 11:07 AM

Awesome! At scootRS we continue to correct everything the factory got wrong oh so many years ago. We've added yet another CDI electronic ignition system for Vespas, this one for old VL1/VB1/GS150 types, which would include many Allstate models. 12v halogen lights, easy starting, smooth running, no adjustments - all the benefits of a modern system for your old beauty. Includes new flywheel, stator, regulator, halogen, etc., etc. Only $149 for surely the best upgrade you can make to your scooter.

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We've also added a blue 12v halogen bulb for something different. Only $6.

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ziggy.com
Dec. 8, 2002, 9:17 PM

If you look way down, you'll see we've added a section with links to recent news stories about Lambretta or Vespa scooters. Enjoy. The only unfortunate aspect is that many newspapers now want you to register to view their stories. Gee, we hope they don't send too many announcements to us at ziggy@ziggy.com.

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Hmmm. We just realized there probably is a ziggy at ziggy.com...

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23 scooters
Dec. 3, 2002, 3:39 PM

As the saying goes, a picture is worth 23 scooters. -Or something like that.

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