December 19, 2006

The Bar Belle: Super scoots save the day!

There are some new superheroes on our streets, and although they may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound or travel faster than a speeding bullet, these men, suited up in black and yellow, are here to protect and serve the over-served. These crime-fighters are equipped with mere getaway scooters — once they swoop in and get you home safely, they vanish into the night.Each superhero is one of many on the City Scoot team, and their business is to get you and your automobile home safely from a night at the bars. I recently tried them out myself after a Christmas party at the pub, and I’m happy to report it was the easiest, smartest thing I’ve ever done while drunk. Here’s how it works: You call them 15 or 20 minutes before you’re ready to leave. They show up on a scooter, pack it into a duffle bag, throw it into your trunk and take the driver’s seat. You just sit back and make drunken conversation about facial hair and Wilson Phillips. When you get to your house, you pay him, he gets the scooter out and unfolds it, and off he goes. It’s about the same price as a taxi ($10 pick-up fee, $2 per mile) and you don’t have to worry about leaving your ride behind.The City Scoot guys are currently working on expanding their pick-up area (which currently includes the Bardstown/Baxter corridor, Fourth Street Live and St. Matthews) and have started partnering with bars, which will make it even cheaper to get a ride home. For more information, call 56-NO-DUI or go to www.cityscoot.com. Your lawyer may not thank you, but everyone else will.Drink of the Week: Pass the Damn cider!Hot Damn Cider — 1 bottle of apple juice, 1 bottle of cran-apple juice, 1 bottle of Hot Damn cinnamon schnapps. This is the perfect drink to huddle around on cold Christmas morning. Just mix all the above ingredients together in a crock pot, and turn it on. It’s ready in minutes and also doubles as a room freshener. Watch Grandma come back for sloppy seconds, thirds and fourths once she gets a taste. Serve with a candy cane or just chug from the pot. Enjoy.Dear Santa: Bring me a new liver! Cheers, shavens@leoweekly.com