Our town’s name–Spur, Texas– conjures up pictures in the minds of everyone and has typically been promoted with a western flair by the use of emblems like spurs–the kind worn on cowboy boots. And justifiably so, since locals claim the name was derived from the Spur Ranch. Last year the Texas House of Representatives passed a resolution proclaiming Spur as “the Spirit of the West”, though some in Fort Worth argued that Spur should not receive this distinction because Fort Worth had been using “Where the West Begins” as their slogan for more than 75 years.
I have not determined how “The Spirit of the West” and “Where the West Begins” are the same. While “The Spirit of the West” sounds good and “Where the West Begins” makes me think of Clint Eastwood in a “spaghetti western”, towns throughout Texas seem to have a slogan or profess to be the capitol of something. Did you know that the City of Gatesville, Texas promotes itself as “The Spur Capitol of Texas”? So what about that, huh Gatesvillites? Let’s count them! If it’s the size of the spur that counts, well then how big is yours? We’ll make ours bigger!
But instead of spiking someone else with our spurs, I am proposing that we should declare Spur “The Scooter Capital of Texas”! So maybe Gatesville and Fort Worth have more people than we do, but, per capita, I’ll bet we have more scooters (particularly the motorized variety) than anyone else in the state! Since mid-March we have been inundated by children and even adults (myself included) who have become the proud owners of motorized electric scooters. And why not?! Gas prices are obscene! And with fewer people and less traffic in our town than Gatesville or Fort Worth, it is a logical mode of transportation, though most of the “per capitas” appear to be under the age of 12 who just buzz around for the fun of it.
And where did all of these motorized scooters come from? I’m told that a couple of guys here in town found out about a guy in another bigger town who had lost his import license and had to sell his inventory at a drastically reduced rate. I ran into one of those guys at the post office this week, and he told me he and his cohort were afraid that they bought too many, but they were surprised when they sold out in a matter of days.
With the sudden popularity of “going green” now is the time, folks! While we can’t claim ourselves “Scooter Capitol of the World”–Taipei, Taiwan holds that title–Spur does have the opportunity, perhaps for the first time, of doing something with cosmic implications. I can see it now, done Texas-style with a “scooterfest”, a “scooter queen” and a “scooter parade”, and we could even ride our scooters decked out in our boots and spurs. (I’ll bet they don’t do that in Taipei!) We should seize the moment as the first town in Texas to ditch our cars for scooters and trumpet ourselves as “The Scooter Capitol of Texas”! And how oxymoronic would that be when you consider oil is such a big contributor to our tax base? We might even end up on Fox News–they love the “oxy…uh..moronic”!