Last week I started a new job with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration). My new office isn’t in the Pentagon anymore, (Huzzah!) it’s in Crystal City. The down side of this is that I’m slightly farther away from home in the new space, but the up side is that I’ve used this as an excuse to buy a motor scooter.

In Virginia, like many places in the US, vehicles with less than 50cc displacement engine are technically described in the law as "mopeds", and are regulated pretty much like bicycles. In other words, you don’t need a motorcycle license, nor does the vehicle require license plates or registration. Most important for this area, it’s perfectly legal to park them anywhere you would park a bicycle. (Parking in Crystal City currently costs about $110 USD per month.) Plus, it’s fun to ride!