This is the story of my '64 Vespa 150 - how it became mine and how it has given me a new vespatude.  I'll be recording the neat places I visit, the different things I do to make the Vespa my own, and - oh yeah - those reactions I get from both friends and strangers.

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Friday, October 28, 2005
Vespistis come out of the woodwork
This whole Vespatude experience is getting better and better - and I don't even have the bike yet! It is neat to see new doors open and experience meeting new people (or discovering a new side to people you already know). I can only imagine it will get better once I'm riding it.

Today I learned of a man who lives here in Greenville. He used to live in Italy and worked at the Piaggio (the makers of Vespa) plant back in the late forties and early fifties. He then left there to work in America as a technical drafting artist. Some of his work is on permanent display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

I hope to get a chance to meet him in the next couple of weeks. I really would prefer to get the bike before making contact. I think it would be cool to drive it up to his place and have him give it a once over. Of course, that could also be scary! He may announce that my foreign job is a lemon!

Greenville, to me, was one of the last places I thought I would find Vespistis. Now they seem to be coming out of the woodwork. I even found there is a Scooter Club here in Greenville. However, I think I might be a little too much of a prude for them. It appears that often the "club scene" can be a pretty wild one!


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