NSR What's cheering you up today?
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Hooked
2020 Sprint S 125, 2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon 800, 2017 Ninja 650
Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 223
Location: Stevenage, UK
Wed May 27, 2020 7:32 am quote
A bunch of parcels came for me today

Sip scooter shop sent me my black shorty mirrors, black exhaust shield and rear plastic fender (dont like the one supplied that has side reflectors. Also got a cool sticker from a web shop and a Haynes manual for the Sprint. Still have the front fender extender in the post from Scooterwest. Rust protector and some clear 3m film also in the post.

Dealer got in touch to say the factory have built my Sprint and it is all ready to ship from Italy as soon as shipping resumes to UK. Hope to get it mid June if all goes well
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9663
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sat May 30, 2020 3:07 pm quote
Vespa love
Well, after cleaning up my garden....ahead of schedule and bigger than previously... decided to get the BV out, make a quick run for a receipt and stop at the gas station next door for some lawn mower gas and sundry items. Topped off the scooter and filled the can, started in to pay...there was a thin, older guy with a scraggly gray beard that might have said something to me, but I was on my way and still had my ear plugs in, so I didn't turn back.

I could see while checking out that he was leaning against his car waiting. Seemed he was interested in the scooter, and as I approached, asked me "Is that a Vespa?" He'd spotted a Vespa sticker on the windscreen and already noted the Piaggio emblem on the front.

Now, this is a town where I get excited when I see a single Vespa in a year, so there's not much awareness. Most of the notice I get is people asking what the heck I'm riding....and why not a real motorcycle.

He apparently painted vehicles for a living, but has done a lot of motorcycles and scooters, telling me he'd painted a half dozen NSM scooters for a guy in Illinois. Told me about his rides, starting with a '55 HD panhead, so he'd had quite a history. His knowledge of the Vespa brand was pretty impressive, but outdated, so I gladly brought him up to speed.

Great chance encounter, and rare change to get some Vespa love on the street.
Molto Verboso
Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1730
Location: Adelaide
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:11 pm quote
Learnt a new word today. (two words actually)
Tachophobia/tacophobia- the fear of speed.
No wonder I didn't know it.
http://common-phobias.com/taco/phobia.htm
Nothing to do with .......

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Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 394
Location: Irving, TX
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:21 am quote
I learned that we're still getting "hazard pay" at work through the end of June. I'd initially been told that it was going to end in May.
Ossessionato
1991 T5 Pole Position, 2008 LXS 125, 2013 Peugeot Metropolis RS
Joined: 06 May 2011
Posts: 3459
Location: Staffordshire UK
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:48 am quote
knowing that someone is having a worse day than me

https://twitter.com/DashCamTwats/status/1270298911895433218
Molto Verboso
Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1730
Location: Adelaide
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:40 pm quote
It's World Gin Day today. Time to celebrate. Shaken not stirred. O.K its Martini Day on June 19, I'm practicing.
Ossessionato
2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
Joined: 25 Aug 2007
Posts: 4160
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:17 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
It's World Gin Day today. Time to celebrate. Shaken not stirred. O.K its Martini Day on June 19, I'm practicing.
I didn't know it was World Gin Day, but we did have martinis made from my home-made gin.

Perfectly legal, BTW, as it's infused, not distilled.
Molto Verboso
Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1730
Location: Adelaide
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:10 pm quote
Today is the 29th annual International Motorcycle and Scooter Ride To Work Day. So I'll be showing my solidarity by doing so, even though its winter. Not sure why its in the same week between Gin Day and Martini Day.
http://ridetowork.org/
Molto Verboso
LXS 150
Joined: 13 Aug 2009
Posts: 1106
Location: The OTHER South Bay, CA
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:26 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Today is the 29th annual International Motorcycle and Scooter Ride To Work Day. So I'll be showing my solidarity by doing so, even though its winter. Not sure why its in the same week between Gin Day and Martini Day.
http://ridetowork.org/
It's because you're on the wrong side of the equator. It's the Monday of the week containing the Summer Solstice, and thus close to the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Makes it a good day for riding.

Then again, midwinter is a good time for gin, and for martinis.
Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 394
Location: Irving, TX
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:33 am quote
I received an email from my mother last night: She has changed her mind and is NOT moving from Wisconsin to Texas!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 8716
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:03 am quote
monogodo wrote:
I learned that we're still getting "hazard pay" at work through the end of June. I'd initially been told that it was going to end in May.
Hum, need to check my pay check to see if our was extended too.
Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 394
Location: Irving, TX
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:02 am quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
monogodo wrote:
I learned that we're still getting "hazard pay" at work through the end of June. I'd initially been told that it was going to end in May.
Hum, need to check my pay check to see if our was extended too.
I also found out that ours is better than I thought.
Initially I thought we were getting paid overtime rate (1.5x regular rate) for the hours worked. I interpreted that to mean that if I worked 10 hours, I'd get paid 30 hours at regular rate, plus 10 hours at 1.5 regular rate. And if I didn't work at all, I'd get paid for 40 hours at my regular rate.

I was wrong. We're getting paid 1.5x regular rate in addition to our standard pay.

If I don't work at all, I get paid for 40 hours. If I work 10 hours, I get paid for 40 hours, plus 10 hours at 1.5 regular rate.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 8716
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:25 pm quote
They are throwing us another $200 a week.
Plus supply food while on shift.
Man, don't know if anyone has tried the Angus Burgers from Costco. They are pre made in a bun with cheese. Defrost 3 min, heat on high for 1 in. Let sit for a few minutes and eat
Would never has guessed it was a microwave burger if I hadn't warmed it up myself.
And these little 6" Stoffers pizza are pretty good to. Those go in the toast over.
Hooked
2009 Vespa GTS300 S
Joined: 28 Nov 2017
Posts: 238
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:37 pm quote
19C/66F temperature forcast for today and tomorrow. Not usual for the middle of the winter, so sweet weather for rides.
I'm off, c ya later!!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9663
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:57 am quote
Bad night's sleep, had to leave early for a blood draw....

but then, 68 degrees, sunny and dry, and I'm on the GTS and suddenly life got a whole lot better.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT, 2014 Can Am Spyder RT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 6342
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:11 pm quote
Seems like good humor paid off today. Came home after running some errands and found water on the floor under the water heater. Picked out a new one, resigned to having it installed 'cuz as I understand it we're supposed to spend money. Anyway, little closer look and it was a blocked A/C condensate line. Little puff of air backward and *woosh* came the water out. Sorry, water-heater-installer-dude. Or dudette. Maybe next year.

Ossessionato
2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody)
Joined: 22 Apr 2015
Posts: 2728
Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:07 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Learnt a new word today. (two words actually)
Tachophobia/tacophobia- the fear of speed.
No wonder I didn't know it.
http://common-phobias.com/taco/phobia.htm
Nothing to do with .......
It's okay, but I'm a burrito guy m'self…
Sledge wrote:
It's World Gin Day today. Time to celebrate. Shaken not stirred. O.K its Martini Day on June 19, I'm practicing.
Damn… I missed this? Would've gone great with that burrito...
Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 5074
Location: Latina (Italy)
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:11 am quote
Molto Verboso
Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1730
Location: Adelaide
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:55 pm quote
amateriat wrote:
Sledge wrote:
It's World Gin Day today. Time to celebrate. Shaken not stirred. O.K its Martini Day on June 19, I'm practicing.
Damn… I missed this? Would've gone great with that burrito...
You can make up for your sins on August 7 World Beer Day.
Also, if you are not sure how for apart you should be for (U.S) Social Distancing, its the equivalent of 2 yard glasses .
"Yes Officer, the yard glasses are only to measure for Social Distancing".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yard_of_ale

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Ossessionato
2015 GTS 300 Super (Melody)
Joined: 22 Apr 2015
Posts: 2728
Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:59 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
amateriat wrote:
Sledge wrote:
It's World Gin Day today. Time to celebrate. Shaken not stirred. O.K its Martini Day on June 19, I'm practicing.
Damn… I missed this? Would've gone great with that burrito...
You can make up for your sins on August 7 World Beer Day.
Also, if you are not sure how for apart you should be for (U.S) Social Distancing, its the equivalent of 2 yard glasses .
"Yes Officer, the yard glasses are only to measure for Social Distancing".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yard_of_ale
Sledge, I do dig your thinking (and math skills).
Hooked
GTS 300, Malaguti 150
Joined: 19 Nov 2018
Posts: 279
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:49 am quote
Granddaughter wearing scooter Girl Shirt
Been waiting for her to get big enough to wear the T shirt.

Jem in scooter shirt.jpg
It finally fits her.

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9663
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:01 pm quote
Re: Granddaughter wearing scooter Girl Shirt
RP Tech wrote:
Been waiting for her to get big enough to wear the T shirt.
Too cute!
Molto Verboso
Medley 150
Joined: 02 Jul 2016
Posts: 1730
Location: Adelaide
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:08 pm quote
Today is World Chocolate Day.
The diet can wait until tomorrow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ01J0I8dyw
Enthusiast
16 Piaggio BV350 2004 Scarabeo 500
Joined: 31 Jan 2020
Posts: 61
Location: Eastern Pennsylvania
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:34 pm quote
Th Acura 350 that blew around me today didn't hit me but was VERY close !
Ossessionato
2020 MP3 Sport 500 HPE ABS ASR
Joined: 25 Aug 2007
Posts: 4160
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles sobre el Río Porciúncula
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:47 pm quote
My "new" eyes.

I had bilateral cataract surgery today.

For you young'uns cataracts are when the lenses in your eyes get cloudy and your vision gets progressively dimmer and blurrier. This can't be corrected with glasses. It's pretty much a natural consequence of ageing.

It can, however, be corrected by breaking up the lens ultrasonically, sucking out the pieces, and inserting a new artificial lens. I had this done this afternoon.

Already my vision is super clear and bright. Colors are unbelievably rich and intense. And, the new lenses correct my myopia like I'm wearing permanent internal contact lenses! Truly a miracle of modern medicine,

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Hooked
GTS 300, Malaguti 150
Joined: 19 Nov 2018
Posts: 279
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:42 am quote
Agreed, best surgery I ever had. totally painless and done in 15 minutes.
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4437
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:40 am quote
I think I posted this here before but I had both lenses replaced about three years ago and it was life changing.

I have always been highly astigmatic, which means my eyeballs were shaped like eggs rather than balls.

I wore very thick glasses. When I was about 15 I got rigid contact lenses that allowed me to see well but other than that they were awful. Imagine walking around all day with pieces of hard plastic in your eyes.

The cataract surgery was mostly paid by insurance but I had to cough up $1600 extra to get the lenses that corrected for astigmatism. I was glad to do it.

Now the only downside is I have to use reading glasses for anything closer than about 3 feet but that's not too bad. The glasses are light and cheap and I don't have to wear them most of the time.
Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 394
Location: Irving, TX
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:13 am quote
Just did Open Enrollment for Health/Dental/Vision benefits at work today.

I bumped up to the better health plan with better coverage & lower co-pays, and my monthly paycheck deduction for it is $5 less than I'm currently paying.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9663
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:40 am quote
Awoke before the rest of the family as usual on the weekend, and decided to finally keep my resolution to not lollygag around the house waiting for my wife to awake. Being peak farmer's market season here and wanting a few purple onions, decided that was enough pretext to ride, and as my wife's scooter (my first one, an LX150) has been largely ignored, chose that one to chase the spiders out and charge the battery.

Scooter felt a bit foreign to me, as I've barely ridden it since the GTS arrived, but the memories slowly came back, and zipping down a back road in the cool morning air was just wonderful. I wouldn't want to give up my other scooters for it, but it played a huge role in my return to riding.


Of course, it wasn't quite a perfect day. Got back from the market and couldn't find my keys. Pockets? Nope. Topcase? Nope. Ignition? Nope. And of course totally locked out of the scooter. So put everything on the road and called my wife, who fortunately was awake...but just as she answered, I reached for my helmet hanging off the curry hook, and lo and behold, I'd dropped them in there somehow. Definitely out of the routine with that machine....

On the way home, still riding with the visor up as I like to do in town, I was doing about 50 when something big hit my face and I decided the cool air didn't feel all that good, so snapped it shut. About a half mile down the road I noticed a yellow jacket crawling on the bottom of the INSIDE of my visor. The only thing I could think to do was flip it up and hope the thing could fly off without getting excited. Fully expected to feel it crawling on my face, but felt nothing, and must have blown off when I opened it. Glad that went well....had done battle with them last week and all three of us have gotten stung already this year.....
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2018 Vespa GTS 300 Touring
Joined: 18 May 2017
Posts: 46
Location: Manchester, WA
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:40 pm quote
Two of my favorite things.

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Hooked
GTS 300, Malaguti 150
Joined: 19 Nov 2018
Posts: 279
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:58 am quote
Mom Beat Covid
I got a phone call from the nursing facility where my 90 year old Mom contracted the chinese virus. After three weeks of isolation she is diagnosed asymptomatic. Medicare will not cover covid case claims when there's no signs of the virus. So later today she moves back to general population.
That's where I can see and talk to her through the room window.
I'm very happy she jumped this hurdle.
Addicted
Vespa PX 177 Settantesimo, Vespa GTS Super 300 HPE
Joined: 01 Feb 2017
Posts: 954
Location: London
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:38 pm quote
The weather
Lovely

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Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 394
Location: Irving, TX
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:09 am quote
The cafe at work has reopened, as of today!

They don't want us to leave the building for lunch, which has meant either bringing lunch or having vending machine lunch for the last 6.5 months.

The cafe is currently set up for "grab 'n' go" only, which is fine, as I prefer eating at my desk, anyway.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9663
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:04 pm quote
Teachers
On the bright side in a dismal week.... 17 y.o. daughter had a nearly head on crash with another vehicle yesterday....her fault. Injuries are manageable, but painful. She's been doing her Senior year virtually, and we wanted to let her teachers know she's going to have some additional struggle.

The responses have been so supportive....technical suggestions, sympathetic responses, offers of extra time, etc. It's really touching, and much appreciated after a hard day or two. I guess it helps she's been a pretty dedicated and excellent student, so I guess there's some payoff there.

Want to hug them all. They're truly underpaid.
Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1228
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:52 pm quote
I got a tax refund !

I should be overjoyed, but it was my own money to begin with...
Addicted
GTS 300ie Touring - Signora D'argento
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 702
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:19 am quote
Fudmucker wrote:
I got a tax refund !

I should be overjoyed, but it was my own money to begin with...
They were just looking after it for you

Time to buy some scooter accessories.
Hooked
2017 Piaggio BV350
Joined: 21 Jun 2016
Posts: 394
Location: Irving, TX
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:17 am quote
I beat the rain in to work today, and the storms are supposed to be gone by the time I head home, so (in theory) I should have a dry ride home, too.

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Pink pin on the left is home, pink pin on the right is work.

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9663
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:39 am quote
monogodo wrote:
I beat the rain in to work today, and the storms are supposed to be gone by the time I head home, so (in theory) I should have a dry ride home, too.
Nothing like having a "window" to ride in...
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GTS 300ie Touring - Signora D'argento
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 702
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:32 am quote
Enjoying finding uses for my mini clamps I bought from a local store. They only cost €5.00 for a pack of 4. The picture shows one I used to clamp a glued repair to a crack I found in one of the headlight cover attachment points of my GTS.

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9663
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:10 am quote
Touring300 wrote:
Enjoying finding uses for my mini clamps I bought from a local store. They only cost €5.00 for a pack of 4. The picture shows one I used to clamp a glued repair to a crack I found in one of the headlight cover attachment points of my GTS.
Nice! I sometimes have the flipside of trying to find a way to clamp irregular shapes.

BTW, what's your adhesive of choice?
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