I love books. I always have. In fact, today I once again fell victim to a ridiculous habit that I've kept for years now--I finished a book, and to celebrate, I rewarded myself by buying 3 new books. Fail. Anyways, when I was a child, the only thing more exciting than my weekly trip to the library to pick up the latest addition to The Saddle Club series or a Boxcar Children mystery, was when the Bookmobile made its rounds in my neighborhood. The only thing cooler than books? Books on wheels. If you were not fortunate enough to experience the little slice of Heaven that was the Bookmobile as a child, then I feel sorry for you, because that's equivalent to a childhood without candy or puppies.
|Scratch out "Kentucky" and pencil in "Virginia," and this is what my Bookmobile looked like.|
Photo-cred to Lewis County Library
|What I'm going to pretend my Bookmobile looked like, because it's way better.|
Photo-cred to Magnet Reps
As if I need more proof about why things on wheels are cooler, let me tell you what happened when I was in my hometown, Roanoke, this past summer. I was driving downtown to loiter at all the usual places, when a man wearing a cowboy hat and cruising down the sidewalk caught my eye. However, he wasn't riding a bike or anything that I could identify as ever having seen before. He appeared to be riding a cooler, mounted onto a Razor scooter. I didn't understand. Naturally, I pulled along side of him and took a frantic picture with my cell phone before speeding off:
Obviously it didn't turn out too well, but you get the idea. I contemplated feeling awkward about doing this, but then quickly decided that if he was going to ride around on a COOLER, than he should expect to have people gawking and taking pictures. After doing my research, I discovered that Cruzin Cooler, as it's officially called, is a phenomenon! Please check this out. Some of my favorite amenities include: 13 mph top speed, aluminum rims, spring-loaded foot pegs, 24+ can capacity, and a trailer hitch. So from what I gather, the beauty of the Cruzin Cooler is that you can ride at a leisurely pace of 13 mph for about 20 miles before the cooler runs out of gas/electricity (so many options!), where you will then be stuck with 24 cans of soda/beer (at least they're cold, right?!) Congratulations to the makers of Cruzin Cooler, who made coolers so hilarious that they're cool.
My latest craze on wheels is called Last Call Dogs (we pronounce it "Dewgs," but you may say it however you like). It's a bright yellow truck that drives around the Charlottesville area on the weekends, selling hotdogs from 10pm-2am. Last Call Dogs always magically appears at the best times. When we emerge from dancing at 90s night, there's Last Call Dogs, waiting in front of the bar, ready to sustain us with delicious cuisine.
There's a lot of late-night food competition on The Corner in Charlottesville (ie: Christian's pizza, Gus burgers from the White Spot...Qdoba's even getting in on the action and now stays open until 3!) Even though it doesn't get much better than a slice of Christian's, Last Call Dogs wins...because it's on wheels. You really can't beat a traveling hotdog stand.