Spooky Scootin’

Weather: Cold, dark, and scary.

Emily-Witch abandons her broom for Scarlet’s comfy saddle.

The night-vision feature on my camera really comes in handy on a night like this…

Tonight is the coldest Halloween we’ve had since Emily started Trick-or-Treating. It’s 34°F outside, which translates to 1° Celsius, and my daughter gamely insisted on wearing her witch costume with only long-johns underneath. We posed the photo above, and then went off with all the other neighborhood goblins in search of candy and mischief.

We made it a whole block before she asked me to hold her pointed hat. It kept fouling her earmuffs. A block later, she finally agreed to put on the fluffy pink winter jacket I was carrying for her, abandoning any pretense of scariness. After three blocks, she asked me to carry her goody bag, as it had become heavy with loot. We stopped off at the house and emptied her take into a large bowl, the better to go out and get some more.

Greedy little ghoul…

Here’s a shot taken with the flash, so you can see how scary she looked to the local villagers. Of course, they emptied their pantries at the mere sight of her, so terrifying was her countenance.

“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little scoot too!”

Scarlet O’Baron is wired for heat, wearing her snow-tires, and ready for Winter. On our way home from work tonight, we slashed through traffic like Freddy Krueger taking a stroll down Elm Street. The poor old SUVs didn’t stand a chance, they were lambs to the slaughter.

Here’s something strange, however… I haven’t seen the Mysterious Red KLR Guy in a long, long time. But there’s this fellow on a modern black scooter, dressed in black Aerostich gear just like the M.R.K.G., and he rides the same route at the same time every day. We wave at each other, just like I did with the M.R.K.G., and I can only come to the conclusion that these are one-and-the-same rider.

Unfortunately, whenever I encounter him, I’ve always got someplace to get to, and a timetable to keep. But one of these days, I’m going to turn around and chase him down, to establish his identity once and for all. He rides a KLR, and now, maybe he commutes by scooter too. We have way too much in common for us not to be friends.

Unless he is my doppelgänger, of course.

From Merriam Webster Online:


Main Entry: dop·pel·gäng·er
Function: noun
Etymology: German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer

1 : a ghostly counterpart of a living person

Imagine if I did catch up to him, and he removed his helmet, and he looked just like me!

Now, wouldn’t that be spooky?

14 Responses to “Spooky Scootin’”

  1. DaveT Says:

    Possible reasons MRKG might look like you… Maybe you come across a time machine sometime in the future and come back to drive yourself nuts or relive your fondest memories? Sounds about like something you would do.

    In the mean time, stay warm and ride safe.

    Dave T.

  2. Bill Sommers Says:

    Gary, it’s 6:13 pm, 32 degrees and two Star Wars characters plus Tweety are ready to hit the streets. This is gonna be cool. Thank you for linking me to your site. I’m honored.
    Happy Halloween,

  3. Eric Says:

    Hey Gary,

    This was a cool post. Combined the Halloween spookiness/trick or treating with a spooky reference to doppelgangers on motorbikes. I like it! A very fitting Halloween post. You’re right, you’ve gotta meet that guy sometime.



  4. Buster Brown Says:

    Sounds like that ZX14 commercial to me.

  5. Steve Williams Says:

    Sounds like a cool Halloween. I can’t help but think when I see the pictures of Emily on the scooter that you are going to be dishing out more cash for a two-wheeled ride for her so that the whole family will be on two wheels.

    Doppelgangers….. or worse. An unknown twin. Or maybe the Corps cloned you without your knowledge….


  6. ScooterGuru Says:

    Last night, a little Bat rode behind me on the scoot to Hardee’s, then followed me inside talking gibberish and proceeded to eat some of my fries and a chicken finger. Then it rode home with me and proceeded to drag me all over our neighborhood, flirting with every female it encountered, young or old, and scoring lots of candy. It then dragged me home, ate a few pieces of candy, took a bath in our bathroom, went into our son’s bedroom and fell promptly to sleep on his bed. Scary.
    I later went to McDonald’s for some grub for Longsuffering Wife, who stayed home to pass-out candy. I couldn’t help but feel smug, when I could thread through the gridlock in the parking lot leaving everybody else to wait-it-out.

  7. Biker Betty Says:

    Very spooky pics of Emily. The top one is very cool. My husband took our son out. They came back at one point so he too could stash his loot and get more, lol. Then off they went again. He declared it was the best halloween ever. We had a very cold Halloween here, so I didn’t get as many trick or treaters as last year.

    Hmmm…doppelgänger or not? Time will tell.

  8. Gary Charpentier Says:

    DaveT: That’s an interesting theory. Now I’m even more motivated to “unmask” him. I wonder if he reads this blog…

    Bill: Well, you certainly meet the Ride To Work criteria. One request on your blog, though – change the settings so people who don’t have a Google or blogspot account can comment? Thanks.

    Eric: So, what did you do for Halloween up in Chisholm?

    Buster: There are some definite similarities. If only his scooter was red…

    Steve: Stop it, you’re scaring me.

    ScooterGuru: Took a bat’ in your bat’room? Ugh… I know.

    Scooter Induced Smuggishness! (Smugliness?) I know exactly what you mean. I experience it every time Scarlet and I do a Ronco in traffic; “It slices, it dices…” -Sahweeeet!

    Betty: You’re in Colorado, right? Didn’t you folks just get hammered with a bunch of snow? I guess I should go catch up on your blog….

    Ride well,

  9. AZ Lucky Says:

    There was nary a trick-or-treater to be found in my neighborhood. I rode past a couple houses (near mine) with some impressive displays, too. It’s too bad no one got to enjoy them except for me and the people who set them up.

    Regarding your doppelganger – should it be necessary for you and Bizarro Gary to settle things with a chain fight in the Ring of Death, you’ll have the good taste to bring a videographer, right?

  10. Gary Charpentier Says:

    AZ Lucky: Chain fight? Ring of Death? Whoa there, chief! You’re extrapolatin’ way beyond the event horizon here. We haven’t even determined yet if he is from this planet/dimension, and if his intentions are friendly or hostile. You’re already advocatin’ the Nookyuler Option!

    Time to switch to decaff? ;^)

    Ride well,

  11. AZ Lucky Says:

    No, no, not advocating, just preparing for contingencies. For all we know, the goateed, beetle browed doppel-Gary might only intend to show you how to make the greatest tuna salad in the known universe.

    But miscommunications happen, and it never hurts to be prepared and have a couple film students standing by. You know, just in case. :D

    Ok, I gotta start directing my creativity towards a certain novel now…

  12. Gary Charpentier Says:

    AZ Lucky: Well, there we bump up against one of the limitations of scooter commuting. Unless they are perched on the pillion, they will never keep up! Hope they have some awesome zoom lenses, eh?

    Good luck on the novel. You’ll need it…

    Ride well,

  13. Bill Sommers Says:

    Gary, I changed the settings. Hope it works. Thanks for the heads up.

  14. Biker Betty Says:

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for the visit and yes, I do live in Colorado and we got the “Blizzard of 2006,” as they are calling it. My son was very mad, though. He already had Thursday & Friday off from school for parent/teacher conferences, which is when the snow hit. He wanted the snow to fall on actual school days so he could have a few “snow days,” lol. By the following Monday I had my motorcycle out again.