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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Sunday, February 05, 2006
Wow, ain't this fun!
There was a time when I wasn't posting because I was so discouraged. Now I haven't posted for a couple of days for several reasons. One is good. The other is bad.

First the bad: I have had trouble connecting my Mac to the ftp server. I can connect using the Finder "Connect to Server" function. I can read files, but I can't write, edit or copy them. It has forced me to use my Windows machine in my downstairs office whenever I want to put a picture up here for you all. Well, I finally downloaded a little ftp program that works like a charm (be sure to download Transmit from Panic should you Mac users need a third party ftp client).

Here is the pic I've been wanting to upload for some time. Of course, with every picture there is always a story! Read why these little Vespas are special below:

Heebie has become quite the scooter of interest around my office. In the office next to me there is a lady whose husband works in another near by office (they are newly weds, by the way) and I've talked with him about the Vespa. A couple of weeks ago I came in and he came up to me. "Hey, there is something I want to show you," he said as he came up to me pulling on his blazer sleeve. I looked at his cuffs and there was the coolest scooter cufflink!

"Wow, where did you get that?" I asked. He told me his mother got them for him. He told me where she got them and then said, "Well, I might sell them to you." I told him that if I couldn't find a pair myself I just might buy them. We then parted and it didn't cross my mind again until the next morning.

The next day, I walked into my office and saw a nice wooden box sitting on my desk. I knew immediately what it was - the cufflinks. Sure enough, there they were. I immediately emailed Andre to tell him thanks, but surely I should owe him something for this. He told me not to worry about it. He said he didn't have a scooter and every time he put them on he thought about me and my Heebie. He felt it would be better if I wore them.

Of course, I'll think of Andre and his generosity every time I put them on. I tell you, Vespas seem to bring out the best in everybody!


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