Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Unbelievable Luck

I can't believe my fortune.

Living on an over 60s retirement complex as I do, we have several maintenance men working permanently around the site.  One in particular, Charlie, has become what can now be classed a friend being as he pops in a couple of times a week for a cup of tea and a chat.

As one of the maintenance crew he has on rare occasions been asked by either one of the residents or by their family to get rid of their old mobility scooters.  Either because they have died, or upgraded or moved into a care home, etc.

Now the good news is, Charlie has an old scooter for me "FREE" - When people die here or go into nursing homes, if the family don't want the old scooters and ask the office to get rid of them for them, Charlie takes them and stores them in companies storage until they can be got rid of.  It doesn't happen often that there is one in there but it seems like fate that there just happens to be one sitting in there now, along with the fact it's also a road worthy one.

Now that he gets back from his holiday, which he is having next week, he is going to take it to his home, check it out, service it, see if it needs new batteries or such and then if all is ok it will be mine.  If I get on with it and like using it, I will start saving for a newer one, along with selling my trike.

It wont be as fast as cycling and will add a few (5 or 10 mins) onto the longer journeys I do, but as I'm never in a hurry to get anywhere that shouldn't be a problem.

I've now jumped from being rather reticent to give up my trike, and sad to not being able to comfortably use it anymore, to being quite keen on giving a mobility scooter a try out.  As the scooter will be free, I have absolutely nothing to lose by having a play on it.

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