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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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A couple of years ago, I picked up a project - a 1966 Blue Badge Sprint. I did a thread on it titled: "An Unintentional Project". I won't bore you with the details, it's all on here if you want to know. Anyhow I ended up selling it not too long after I finished. A few weeks before I sold, Covid was hitting the area hard - jobs that I was supposed to work on were being shuttered, my wife's employer was cutting back on hours, and I was looking at a pretty hefty income tax bill. Tough times, but many were worse off then us, for sure. Then my wife went for her semi-annual exam and we found out her cancer had returned. We had been through this a few times before and luckily, it was caught very early this time. We also knew it was going to hurt financially, so I sold the scoot, some parts and gave away the rest. It did not really bother to me to sell at all, as I could only think of my wife and lost all interest in anything else. She went thru all the treatments and came out the other side and is doing fine now.
When I sold the Sprint, it went to a fella that contacted me a couple years before about his Stella, that was acting up. He had a side car on it, and it was obvious that the engine needed work. I did not get too involved but recommended Saints or Matt at Scooter Mercato. I helped him remove the engine, crate and ship it. When it came back, I helped a little more with the installation. Recently, I saw his sidecar rig at the local Lowes hardware as I was leaving, so I hung around until he came out. He invited me over to his house, and there I saw my old scoot again. I told I sure missed it. He then offered to sell it back to me. Lately, prices on bikes and scoots have gone thru the roof around here, so I mentioned I would not be able to afford what it was presently worth. He then offered to me for exactly what he paid me for it adding "I bought so it would stay local, so you could buy it back when you were able". And "you helped me when I needed it with the Stella". Needless to say, I was blown away by the offer and accepted providing he would hold it until I could scratch the coin together. Three weeks later, today I picked it up and it runs better than I remember. Maybe there is such a thing as Karma. Thanks for reading.
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Molto Verboso
GL, PK, PE200 with hack, Sears Rust Badge
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Molto Verboso
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GL, PK, PE200 with hack, Sears Rust Badge
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Great!!! GReat!! GREAT!!!

I remembered when you sold that scoot and thought you were $1k below the going rate. I'm so happy you got it back and this story made my day.

BTW, that powder coat looks good.
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Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Mia, 2017 Vespa Primavera 70th Anniversary 150ie, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
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Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Mia, 2017 Vespa Primavera 70th Anniversary 150ie, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
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There most certainly is Karma, and you got the good Karma that you deserved. So pleased everything is working out for you.
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Lucky
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella, 66 Smallstate, 79 P200E, 66 Lammy S3
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I'm not crying. I just have something in my eyes.

Seriously, though, the vintage vespa crowd are, for whatever reason, consistently some of the best and most pay-it-forward people you'll ever meet.

Gotta love it.
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Not So Moderator
VNB VSC VMA VSX - o9c vbc vmb
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Who's cutting onions in here? Outstanding all around.

Thanks for sharing!!!!!
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Moderibbit
1980 P200E - "Old Rusty", 1976 ET3 Primavera
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That is such a fantastic story. Thumbs up to all involved
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thanks for all these kind words, but I really think it is all about people, like the seller in this case, that put other peoples wishes ahead of their own. As he said, he was just keeping it so I could buy it back again.
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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And the ride home with it, while only being about 5 miles, was the best I have had in years.
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Addicted
2021 Primavera 150 touring, 2016 LXV 150 ie, 1978 Vespa P125, 2019 Piaggio Liberty 150
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Love this, warms my heart.
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Style Maven
'74 50s x3 '87 PK125XL '92 PK50XLS Plurimatic - & - '58 AllState '68 Sprint '66(?) Super125 and '72 DanMotor Super150
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'74 50s x3 '87 PK125XL '92 PK50XLS Plurimatic - & - '58 AllState '68 Sprint '66(?) Super125 and '72 DanMotor Super150
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Crying or Very sad emoticon

Clap emoticon Thank you for filling us in!
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The Dude
Too Many piles of Junk that need too much work and too much money
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Too Many piles of Junk that need too much work and too much money
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Great story, thanks for sharing. I do fully believe in karma, and paying it forward can never be a bad investment. As we can see, it can come back full circle; usually when least expected. Congratulations.
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bodgemaster
63 GL, 76 Super (x2), 74 Primavera (x2), 79 P200, 06 Fly 150
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63 GL, 76 Super (x2), 74 Primavera (x2), 79 P200, 06 Fly 150
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Tierney my friend you deserve all the good karma coming your way... congrats and enjoy!
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Ossessionato
79 P200E (Ruby), 62 Allstate (B-62)
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Goosebumps - Thanks for sharing - made my day. How awesome! Clap emoticon Clap emoticon
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Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
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2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
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This is a great story
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Johnny Two Tone
'15 GTS300, '86 PX125EFL, '66 VBB, '01 ET4
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'15 GTS300, '86 PX125EFL, '66 VBB, '01 ET4
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Beautiful bike and great story. Now keep it this time!
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'66 Super 150
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Aw, man... I just read this for the second time and teared up AGAIN! Best story ever, Tierney. It's a heartwarming tearjerker about the good in people, both yours and his. Glad to hear your brave wife is recovering nicely. And it was very touching to read that she was your top priority, not the scoot. You deserved that karma and more, I'm sure. Sniff.....

PS: what a gorgeous Sprint!
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Ossessionato
'70 Super 150, Medley 150S, '23 Ducati Monster SP
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Great story
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The Dude
Too Many piles of Junk that need too much work and too much money
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BTW, myself (and I'm sure all) are glad to hear you and your wife made it through a tough scary situation, piled on top of another heaping pile of a hot mess. Life is precious, glad you're all still around here to geek out about these old grocery getting oil spitters.
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Molto Verboso
1977 P200, 1980 P200
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Location: Fresno, CA
 
Molto Verboso
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1977 P200, 1980 P200
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Wow!
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1968 VBB150
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Location: OC
 
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Thank you for sharing- Lots of good people out there, and its nice to see them highlighted.
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Tega Cay, SC
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Kimono32 wrote:
PS: what a gorgeous Sprint!
Right back at you, love your Super. And that Tail light!!! Makes for a very pretty scoot.
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Hooked
GTS250ie, P125X Electric Conversion
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Location: Palmyra, Pennsylvania, USA
 
Hooked
GTS250ie, P125X Electric Conversion
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Great story! Thanks for sharing.

With all the divisiveness these days, it is good to hear that there are still good people doing good things!
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Enthusiast
P200
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Location: Springfield, Oregon
 
Enthusiast
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P200
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The world needs more stories like this, thanks for sharing. I followed the original thread and love that scooter
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Addicted
'79 P200, '74 VBC Super, '77 P125 Project, 1978 Rally 200
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Location: 32° 37' 40" N, 117° 2' 53" W
 
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'79 P200, '74 VBC Super, '77 P125 Project, 1978 Rally 200
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Man....I am so so stoked for you! You have been a contributor even sans-scooter. Now you have gone full circle connection with your scoot and back on 2-wheels. Congratulations and enjoy the ride!
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Tega Cay, SC
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thanks again for all the well wishes - you guys and gals are the best, always have each other's back.
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Nedminder
62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
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Location: california
 
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62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
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Knocked out.
Awesome.
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86, a not so normal pts100 '82 and a yellow sunshine '74 sprint
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Location: Indo
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86, a not so normal pts100 '82 and a yellow sunshine '74 sprint
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The vespa is indeed the bonous, but i am more happy hearing u and ur wife doing great, and yes.. Ur story bright my day, a well deserve karma and make us feel life has more joy to us if we have the patient in a difficult time

Pass my smile to your wife and cheer, we love you Brother T
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Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
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Location: LA CA
 
Hooked
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bv350, Brutale 910
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Location: LA CA
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just in time for thanksgiving. So good to hear about both the Mrs. + the scooter return to the rightful owner.
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