What does a Geek god ride?

Wed, Feb 9, 2011

Celebrity, News, Scooter

No, not GREEK god like Thor, but GEEK as in nerd or code monkey… except were talking about Aaron Hillegass here, he’s more like a CODE GORILLA!  I mean, go to Amazon.com and look up “Cocoa Programming”, and you know what shows up first?  Aaron’s book, Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (3rd Edition) by Aaron Hillegass, which looks like this:

Unlike his Second edition which looks like this:

And THAT’S when I noticed a trend.  Aaron likes monochrome colors… :D – HAHAH!  NOooooo! Aaron must like scooters.

So I decided to drop Aaron a line and ask him more about the scooter trend with these treasured tomes of his; to which he responded:

Yes, I am a scooter fan and I suggested it be on the cover of “Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X”. My wife, however, asked that I get rid of my scooter as she was concerned that it might lead to my premature death. In a conflict that required a trip to a couples counselor, I agreed to sell my beautiful red Piaggio BV 250 — not vintage, but a great ride.

I understand, being a new dad and all… it probably won’t be terribly long before he’s back up on two wheels.  We chatted about his old scoot a bit more:

I loved that Piaggio BV250 — it is the scooter that many urban Italian police ride. Super reliable, comfortable, and powerful enough to deal with Atlanta traffic. I rode mostly in the summer, so I took the windscreen off so I could feel the breeze.

I had to pass the motorcycle driving test and get insurance and tags to ride a 250cc in Georgia, but it was completely worth it.

Amen to THAT brother! Aaron sent me a link, where he described his essential riding gear in such a fine manner that it brought a tear to my eye… It’s like he summed up TheScooterScoop in one, off-topic post. I’d make Aaron an honorary Editor after reading his testimony on the fun and practical way he gears up to ride. You can read it yourself by going <HERE>.  Oh, but don’t listen to his advice at the end of the post.  I prefer that we preserve some of the more delicate genetics, just in case they contain a cure for cancer.

22 Responses to “What does a Geek god ride?”

  1. Brad Says:

    I completely understand the wife/premature death sort of deal. One little accident, an 8 day stay in the hospital, wheelchair for 3 months and I had to make a choice between the wife and the scooter – a well loved 2002 butter yellow chetak still in good shape. Hopefully it found a good home. I may be able to swing another bike after the kids get out of college in a few years. I’ve done vintage and classic – now thinking GTS (because I like saying it). Though the BV250 is pretty sweet also.


  2. Michael Langford Says:

    Four wheels good, two wheels bad!


  3. Tim Lewallen Says:

    Great find! Thanks for posting this!


  4. Adrian Says:

    Gah! Thor isn’t Greek!


  5. Orin Says:

    It’s nice to see the half-century brainwashing campaign by the so-called “safety establishment” has worked so well. How much do you want to bet Aaron’s wife would be totally okay with him riding a bicycle in traffic, even though we all know that’s far more dangerous than riding a scooter.

    She assumes riding a scooter = premature death. I can only say if I found myself in the same situation, I would be consulting a divorce lawyer, not a couples counselor. But then I never would’ve married someone who thinks like that in the first place…

    Scootin’ Old Skool


  6. Steve Says:

    Crud… I should have used “Nerd” and “Norse god” instead of “Geek” and “Greek god”. Good catch Adrian! :P~


  7. AndroidCat Says:

    He should gear up properly. The road doesn’t care what you fell off of. Jacket, pants, gloves, boots.

    Heh, that reminds me, one of my Thor 50/50 boots needs a replacement strap.


  8. scooot Says:

    hmmmmm..thor is not a greek god..hehe..he is a norse god..

    anyway, since you are in to scooters, you must check this scooters in asia which is on top of the line from japanese companies like honda, yamaha, suzuki and kawasaki..

    * honda beat/icon

    * honda click

    * honda scoopy

    *honda airblade

    i know the sites in honda are in thai but you can search them in google images or look for websites for english speaking countries of honda companies like philippines.

    * yamaha mio sport
    1st version

    2nd version

    the first version is more sporty..

    * yamaha soul

    there was even a valentino rossi version of yamaha soul before he left yamaha team in motoGP races.

    * yamaha fino

    yamaha fino and yamaha soul can exchange plastic kits as they have the same chassis. the same is true for honda icon/beat and honda scoopy

    *yamaha nouvo z

    last note:
    if you have noticed, these two companies has tight competition in scooter market in asia. they have rivaled each other’s model with their own version..honda icon/beat vs yamaha mio..honda click vs yamaha soul..and so on..

    scooters in asia is such a hit that many people modify them..google it and you will find a lot of accessories and kits as well as creatively modified versions of scoots especially from yamaha..

    for the kawasaki and suzuki scooters, i will post it later if you are really interested..


  9. Jeffraham Prestonian Says:

    I’m gonna ride this posting into the third week of March, minimum! :lol:


  10. ripley Says:

    Post something new steve


  11. Nicatorme Says:

    Nice article.

    Your blog has been help full I’m wring al blog myself with the subject scooters, but the blog is for Dutch people;D
    Just one thing Thor is’nt Greek but a Nore god.

    Keep up the good work!


    • ripley Says:

      New Hero
      A man named Dargo Ktor was apart of the rebel clan. His faith was not nearly as strong as others. He always predicted who ever tried to lift Thor’s hammer would fail. ALl the stories about Thor he thought were fairy tales. Later, the Corporation hired Loki to destroy the rebels. Loki was happy to take this task and accepted it. So Loki and Tyrus leader of rock trolls found the rebel’s hideout and attacked them. They killed all in their path and had no mercy. That’s when Dargo reached for a weapon to save his fellow people. His hands guided him to the hammer of Thor. He lifted the hammer and great things occurred. Thor’s power flowed through jis body and got the power of the thunder god. Dargo easily pushed back the enemies. But, he was so confused he had to go and clear his head. His peoples fate had risen and they began to protest against the Corporation. They felt save thanks to the new god of thunder. Dargo decided he would not let his people face the forces of evil alone and joined them. Dargo and his people were then attacked. He fought them as well as he could. Tyrus was there and had fought the real Thor before and found out he was an impostor. He found this out because the hammer of Thor did not want to go through with Dargo’s commands. Dargo then defeated Tyrus and Loki killed the chairman of the Corporation. Now the Corporation was gone and defeated. So Dargo opened a portal with the hammer and throw the hammer in it. He did this so the hammer could return to it’s rightful owner or give someone else a chance to prove themself worthy. The hammer has returned

      Later in the year of 2591 Dargo has somehow gained the hammer again. He then resumed being the mighty god of thunder. That’s when Dargo was tricked by a man named Zarrko. Zarrko tricked him into going back in time to battle the present Thor named Thunderstrike. Zarrko said that Thunderstrike would destroy Dargo’s timeline. In which will result in the death of his wife. Dargo the attacked Thunderstrike while he was already in a fight with Stellaris. The two of them were very surprised that they were evenly matched. That’s when Zarrko revealed that he was going to use the two Thor hammers to power his time traveling machine. So he could become the master of all time. During that time the two Thor’s were still fighting. Then Beta Ray Bill was alerted. He went to earth and stopped their fighting. He told them they were Hammer brothers and they were both worthy. He said they should join forces to battle evil together. So they all went to Zarrko’s ship to stop him. They also decided to call them self the Thor Corps. Zarrko put them to the test by taking all of the Thor enemies from all different timelines and made them defeat all of these villains. In the end Zarrko made the biggest mistake by pulling Loki out of the time stream. Zarrko tried to control Loki but Loki would not have that happened. Loki was not going to be controlled by anyone so he attacked Zarrko and defeated him. Now Zarrko’s ship was about to explode after Loki destroyed everything. So they came up with a plan. So Beta Ray Bill send each of them to there own timeline. So they all returned to their home where they will remain happy and fight the forces of evil.


  12. Bored Says:

    no updates since Feb?? have you given up with this website? – i used to find it quite interesting to see what you guys were up to on your side of the pond….


  13. drewbird911 Says:

    I think All of the updates are now on Facebook…


  14. MOTOR Says:

    Cool Piagio at the second photo! :)
    I have the same 3 years ago.


  15. Portal motocyklowy Says:

    Piaggio BV250 is my favourite scoote



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