Starting at the Florida State University Alumni Center and heading into the heart of downtown Tallahassee, David discusses the Tallahassee Rotary Club and the important work the club is doing such as eradicating polio and providing fresh water to communities in Mexico and India.
Join David as he rides through the Tallahassee Mall and examines the renewal efforts. Will the new construction and design changes be enough to breath new life into the mall?
The struggle for equal rights and desegregation in Tallahassee is seldom discussed. David discusses the history behind the C.K. Steele Plaza and the Tallahassee Bus Boycott. He also discusses how things may not have really changed so much and how the city has recently harassed young Black men for riding the bus.
A weekend ride through Tallahassee to the All Saints Theater, located in an old train station, where the Tallahassee Film Society shows great films that often miss the regular theaters. While riding, David shares some of his favorite films that most people have never heard of.
Is putting a child in adult prison for life without parole ever justice? How should we respond when a child commits a serious crime? Why does the United States refuse to sign onto International Treaty regarding the rights of children? Why are children in the State of Florida more likely to end-up in Adult prison than anywhere else in the developed world? In this episode Abrams considers these and other issues as he rides back to his office from lunch on a beautiful Tallahassee Spring day.
I’ve had a lot of fun lately creating scooter videos in which I talk about law and life in Tallahassee for my YouTube channel. People often ask me how and why did I get started riding around on scooter, and don’t I really want to be riding a motorcycle.
I got into scooters from bicycling. I love the sense of freedom and connection with the environment I experience riding my bicycle or scooter. I get to be in the environment rather than enclosed in a metal box on 4 wheels. I get an unobstructed view of the world around me and I get to feel the air and smell the scents of the places along my journey.
Why ride a scooter rather than a motorcycle? Here is a list of why I prefer a scooter rather than a motorcycle:
- Storage/carrying capacity – Most motorcycles come with little, if any, storage. My scooter has a large lockable storage compartment under the seat, it has a sort of glove-box compartment in the front beneath the handlebars, and I’ve added a top-box to the rear where I can carry my laptop and books. I even have a place where I can hang a grocery bag.
- Non-conformity – The concept that riding a motorcycle is non-conformist rebellion is as mystery to me. I perceive motorcycle culture has highly conformist with lots of leather, black paint, and chrome. Scooter culture, by contrast, is quirky and unique. Scooters tend to be more colorful and scooter riders incorporate a wide range of colors and styles in their clothing.
- Gas Mileage – Scooter engines tend to be smaller than motorcycle engines. My scooter has a 278 cc engine, which is quite large for a scooter, but small for a motorcycle. Most scooter engines are under 175ccs. Consequently, scooters get incredible gas mileage, often in excess of 100 miles per gallon. Compare that with a large Harley Davidson Cruiser which gets worse gas mileage than my car.
- Weight – My scooter, which is a larger than normal scooter and is considered a touring scooter, is quite lightweight at about 300 pounds. This means it’s easy for me to maneuver, to push around, and to hold up when stopped. Compare this with 800+ pound weight of a touring motorcycle such as a Honda Goldwing.
- Sound – A lot of motorcycle riders like the loud rumble of their engines. I admit, I’m not averse to the sound of a finely tuned power-engine, but I enjoy the quiet purr of my scooter, especially on long trips. My scooter doesn’t roar even at top speed. It just purrs along with a quiet confidence that I really enjoy and is less fatiguing than a constant roar.
For me, a scooter is the right choice. I can appreciate the beauty of a traditional motorcycle and I certainly don’t take issue with motorcyclists, but those bikes don’t draw my attention the way a simple Vespa Scooter does.
For more information about the Adderly case, see my friend, Michael Abrams’s story on the case in the Tallahassee News.
What’s great about being a lawyer? Find out as Abrams takes us on a ride up College Ave and onto the Florida State University campus while he discusses the joy of being a lawyer, the secrets they keep, and the duty to keep a client’s secrets.
Join me for the ride home after an exciting day practicing law. Inspired by a guest speaker on exotic animal trafficking, I talk about the joys and legal issues that can come up in dog ownership.
A beautiful Spring day is a perfect time for a scooter ride and Tallahassee’s Waverly Hills is a wonderful neighborhood to ride through. Join David as he takes you on a journey underneath canopy oaks and discusses some of the interesting questions arising from, and misconceptions regarding, real property law.