Being a native Californian, I’m well aware that you are what you drive. That may sound shallow to the rest of you, but then ya’ll don’t live in California so who really cares what you think? So just go hop in your Toyota and brag to all your friends about what great gas milage you get. You might think it’s the journey and not the destination that matters, but even though we might pay more to get there, we’re still gonna end up somewhere in California. And you’re not.
But because we are the coolest people on the planet, Californians do realize that elsewhere in the world your vehicle is transportation, not part of your identity. And are willing to cut others some slack. Motorcycles in SE Asia are a good example. For many they are not just transpo, but serve as a modern day beast of burden too.
The ingenuity in designing and installing modifications to motorcycle when used as a delivery vehicle is amazing. So is the balance required in puttering around on these futuristic water buffalo. Seeing entire families mounted on a scooter is old hat by now; running across the latest version of a two wheel delivery van still captures my attention.
The photograph above is from Kuta, Bali, and pretty well sums up life in the island’s party district cum slacker haven. The local beer always takes precedence over something as mundane as coke. Though most of that cola will probably be diluted with rum. I snapped the shot early one morning so I have to assume the delivery was to cover the breakfast crowd. Ya gotta love Aussies.
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