Sightings: 1 Boosted board, 1 unidentified electric scooter with two(!) seats and a license plate(?). I did not wander about much.
At Best Buy, I came across the Alcatel 3V phone. I hadn’t heard of this before. For US$150, it was surprising. I did a quick fondle. Didn’t even try WiFi. The video below confirms my own experience: the Gallery is inexcusably laggy.
I went to Filipacchi. Because they have the Mellow Drive and I wanted to finally see it for myself. Ah, so tempting! Ah, so damn expensive! I squeezed and spun the wheels. I pressed the button to turn it on (you really have to hold it down for several seconds — is there a boot-up process happening? — and the button felt weird). I tried to see about popping out the battery but not even the sales guy could manage it! Where the button is supposed to be was a deep — about half-inch! — recess. Since I didn’t want to risk breaking anything, I quickly abandoned that idea. The Drive was attached to a Mellow-branded fishtail deck. Weight was OK — lighter than I expected — but I wouldn’t want to try putting all that on a backpack.
The Mellow Drive irks me. The Onan Booster Chinese clone is about one-fourth the price. But how long would it last compared to the Mellow? And getting service — when it can even be had! — from China is a damn nightmare. And while DIYeboard has a swappable-battery kit, again, we’re back to “China quality.” Even though Mellow has sliced-and-diced their drive into options, the price of that base model is still expensive. The Mellow Drive has many pluses. But that price! I keep arguing myself out of it but am always drawn back to it.
Filipacchi gave me Mellow brochure! A full-color 8.5 x 11-inch “magazine” that was very artsy. The main thing missing from it was a very unfortunate omission: A full spec sheet! Sometimes being artsy goes too damn far.
In-week and weekend reading was:
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore