I was at a friends house one day enjoying a social stop when I noticed a great little device in the corner. It was, you guessed it, a Segway which gets it’s name from the word segue meaning to transition smoothly. He explained that he got the money to buy it (it’s not cheap) through some amazingly good luck. He had just moved into an old house is dad left him and he found some old movie posters in the attic while discarding some junk to make room for his workshop. One of the posters looked intriguing and was from an old Bela Lugosi horror film. It was in great shape and when he sent a photo of it to an online appraiser, it turned out to be worth over ten grand and he quickly made a deal to sell it! This was enough to buy the Segway and much more. I asked my friend about the odd device not knowing much & he agreed to give me a demonstration. He began by stepping up onto the device & moving it easily into the middle of the room. It was a simple feat for him but I was amazed at how smooth it worked. I explained that I thought it was a novel concept, very fun but not good for many practical uses. He disagreed but I explained my opinion was that it would only be good for moving around a very localized area & that it probably could not do anything faster than without it’s use. He explained he used the equipment for many practical reasons & that I would likely be amazed at the utility of the personal vehicle.
He agreed to a little contest. I told him I felt that I could easily take care of my next errand, running to the convenience store for several items, much faster & more efficiently than he could complete the same chore. I needed some soda, water & snacks so we agreed to a shopping list & both left the house at the same time. I thought I had the advantage because I knew I could jump over the wall of the apartments & he would have to go around. Let me tell you. I hustled as fast as I could & it was probably a half mile or more to the store then we had to shop & make the return trip with the items. I beat him to the store but only by a minute or two & we purchased the same items including a gallon of water & a 12 pack of soda.
I checked out first & started back first. I was confident at that point that I would win but he was out the door & on my heels fast. I hurried but strained to carry all of the items & he passed me quickly. I knew I could hop the wall so I still did not hurry too much. When I got to the wall I had to stack everything up on the wall hop over & grab it again. This takes some time as you imagine especially when you are tired. When I collected all of my items & got back to the apartment not only did my friend already arrived with his items nut he had parked the device back where I had first seen it & was sitting comfortably on the couch enjoying a beverage.