In Defense Of The E-Scooter
Men's Journal|December 2019
In Defense Of The E-Scooter
The motorized two-wheelers are as ubiquitous as they are loathed. Here’s what the world (including Elon Musk) doesn’t understand— there’s no better way to get around.
Devin Gordon

EARLIER THIS FALL, the day before my 43rd birthday, I fell off an e-scooter and tore my labrum. It was raining, and I was listening to a basketball podcast—dumb and dumber. But I wasn’t going all that fast, and I wasn’t trying to land a trick. I was on a quiet street. I hit a bump, skidded, clipped my dumb stupid foot on the scooter as I hopped off, and landed on my right forearm, causing my shoulder to bend in a direction my body would consider unnatural. I didn’t even land that hard, but when you’re a day shy of 43, you can tear your labrum falling from a standstill. Luckily, I’m left-handed, and at this age, honestly, who needs two working labrums? Not me! I’m not Jacob DeGrom. All I do is type.

Some of you might consider this a comeuppance. You might consider my tumble a message from God telling me that I’m wrong about e-scooters.

Sorry, God, you’re wrong.

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December 2019