December 20th, 2006

stone monkey

postage rates are 39 cents

...not 37 cents, like the value of the stamps I used on my Holiday cards this year.

Crap.

What do you suppose will happen? They'll just get returned to me for more postage? Will the Post Office be nice and deliver anyway, you think?

And here I thought I was being so good, getting out cards and getting them out in time to reach distant friends and family by Christmas. Crap. 

Chris
Vespa!

Vespa on the way!

Last spring, kijjohnson got a 1965 Vespa VBC from eBay, and after going through many import issues, it finally arrived and has been living at woadwarrior and jeanineers's garage. She realized after a while that she wasn't going to ride any time soon - not in busy and dangerous Seattle, at least - so she decided to send it to me, because I'd partially financed it and because I'll love it and squeeze it and call it George (well, something like that).

So just a few minutes ago, she called from the shipper's to say it's on its way! Will be here the day after Christmas, and then all I need to do is set it up to run (mostly tuning it up and filling with fluids). Then, w00t, I have a Vespa again!

I had one when I lived here as a grad student, a decade ago, and it's the perfect transport for this town: Fast enough to do the speed limits on all the roads in Lawrence, but small enough to park wherever you can park a bike.

Thank you very much, kijjohnson, for passing it on to me, and thank you very much, woadwarrior, for getting it down to the shipper.

So: Yay! Scooter!

Chris