"An industrial capitalist society that does not recognize ecological limits but only perpetual economic expansion and has the profit motive as driver, will eventually consume and destroy itself."
"But we will all be taken down with it."
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Afterwards I cruised down the always creepy George Washington Parkway to drop by school. Records office was closed, so no luck on picking up the handout I needed, but I did meet this girl dragging a Segway across the faculty parking lot. I had to ask, and she said that the battery had died. I told her she could just go into the law school, but she didn't seem to want to lug it up the stairs. Not sure why, it didn't look that large. I felt sorry for someone with a dead Segway. I mean, someone tinkering with a dead Honda CBX can be cool, especially if it's rusted out with a ridiculously high odometer. But Segways just look stupid to begin with, so someone dragging around a dead one is like a lost puppy out in the rain. On Christmas.
I remembered that there was an outlet on the patio, so I walked her over and showed her. She could plug in without needing to drag the thing up on the patio, which pleased her a lot as lifting it was something she seemed desperate to avoid. She couldn't tell if the outlet was good (it looked pretty shabby) because the Segway didn't have a "charging" light (bad, bad engineering) so I plugged in my laptop adapter which does have a light. Yep, it worked.
At that point she must have decided that all my helpfulness was just an attempt to get her number, so she started making a cell phone call without saying anything more than "thanks so much." I was hurt. The very idea that I would consider someone with a Segway is still a bitter taste in my throat.
In conclusion: Segway = dumb. Get a scooter.
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