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the world just gets better...(re: ebay cavalera)(30 posts)

the world just gets better...(re: ebay cavalera)Spirito
Apr 12, 2002 6:29 AM
so as noted here a few days ago the cavalera was left to run its course on ebay. i actually awoke that day after the auction had ended so when i checked my auction page it took me some time before i realised the sale amount was for real and far surpassed my expectations.

the winning bidder immdiately sent payment which arrived the following morning with instructions to pass the frame on to somebody who needed it and would appreciate it. no name, no contact details.

WOW! i am now in discussion with a few in the local community (ie big borther types who foster junior talent)
to find a young rider who is without means but has passion for cycling. it so gladdens my heart that some young rider will not only have a new frame and parts but a new and distinct outlook as well.

the understatement of the year is how humble i now feel given that a few days ago i was agitated about the plight of the auction for my bike and the apparent lack of interest it attained during th auction.

as some of you had noted whilst following the auction that a sniper had craftilly picked it up at the last second. i, knowing what prevailed after the auction ended, would say that an angel swooped on it and and not only changed my life but more importantly has given richness and joy to a a young NYC kid.

the world is an amazing place and i consider how fortunate i am to be part of it an bear witness to the goodness of others. it wouldn't take much sherlock holmesing to figure which of the good souls amongst you offered this act of charity but this is not of issue as the buyer opted for anonymity. i now know first hand that this collection of 1's and 0's that the site is made of is most definately is a community and its importance, value and sanctity is to be treasured. all cyclists are family.

thank you all and may our rides be forever.

and as a matter of fact im pretty sure i saw the winning bidder on the subway (pic below).
what the...!!!!!weiwentg
Apr 12, 2002 6:42 AM
i'm stunned. there is hope for humanity after all...
God bless that guy's soul. spirito, hope you find someone for that bike.
hmm. maybe that guy is on this forum somewhere...
May the ripples spread.tma
Apr 12, 2002 6:49 AM
I think I'll go do something unselfish. Maybe not that good, but something.
Pay it forward (nm)Steve Davis
Apr 12, 2002 7:40 AM
How many timesSlipstream
Apr 12, 2002 6:47 AM
did I ask you if you believed? How many times did you have doubt? I am telling you, the Easter Bunny is for real! Now, don't you feel badly for what you did to him?

really, really cool outcome! Unbelievable! Incroyable!

Keep the faith, baby. ;>)
what a touching storyscruffyduncan
Apr 12, 2002 7:05 AM
I hope whoever did it is experiencing the greater joy of giving over recieving. Keep us all posted on who it goes to etc, etc
It's amazing what doing the right thing will create.Len J
Apr 12, 2002 7:01 AM
You could have taken the path of pulling the ad, and trying to "Ensure" that your economic gain would be fixed, but instead you "did the right thing", the hard thing and look at the gift you received.

Let all those "self protected" Fearful pessismistic people take note of the light that is in the world.

Thanks for the followup, it's a great reminder that doing the right thing can have great impact.

Now let's find a great home for your bike.

Len
very cool indeed (nm)grandemamou
Apr 12, 2002 7:02 AM
Moving gesture, outstanding post... thank you (NM)Abol98
Apr 12, 2002 7:25 AM
my guess...gtx
Apr 12, 2002 7:43 AM
is that this all has something to do with Morrison's post a few weeks back. Not that someone else couldn't think to do something like this on his/her own, but they would also have to trust that you would follow through on your end and do the right thing. So my guess is that the person has visited this site and knows something about you. Anyway, very cool and good karma all the way around.
You're to be commended as well.Sintesi
Apr 12, 2002 7:47 AM
For taking the time to find an underprivileged kid who would really appreciate the gift. Hats off Spirito. Coolest thing I've heard so far this year.
BRAVO! The story just keeps getting better!floatch
Apr 12, 2002 7:58 AM
I'm not sure who will eventually get this bike, but I'm willing to bet they'll be thrilled! Once a lump of metal and bearings is loved and cared for, it transcends utilitarian usage and gains a soul. I'm sure this bike will bring nothing but wonderful rides to its' eventual rider. It will never be crashed, and never sit under a porch, rusting. BRAVO!
Thanks for passing this along.Mike P
Apr 12, 2002 8:19 AM
It makes me feel good to know there are people willing to do that. And your actions are good too, for actually being willing to find a good home for the bike. I hope you pass the story on to the lucky one, or ones, who recieve the gift.

Something to brighten a rainy day ride!

Thanks,
Mike
You should pass that story along...Gregory Taylor
Apr 12, 2002 8:41 AM
...to www.cyclingnews.com. It's too good of a story to not share with a larger audience, and they would run it.
WOW!IAM
Apr 12, 2002 8:42 AM
Stories like that pop up every now and again and completely renew ones faith in humanity. With all the bad crap in the news it's not hard to think that there's no good people left, and then someone like this comes along.
What a wonderful person.
Very cool result.djg
Apr 12, 2002 8:48 AM
You know, if you actually got more than you expected, you could now take some of the difference and apply it to helping that deserving recipient build up a set of wheels or something.
wow, makes one have faith in humanity...Jekyll
Apr 12, 2002 8:49 AM
What a truely good thing to do! Thanks for the post Spirito.
Incredible.Ahimsa
Apr 12, 2002 9:00 AM
That is the most...wow....that is just very f-ing cool.

I'm sure that the one who did this is reading the board, so good for you mate.

Now I just might need to readjust my people philosophy a bit.

How about this:

"Most people are hippocritical, self absorbed, self righteous, careless, thoughtless, narrow minded, soul sucking ghouls, but not all of them. Some of them are decent, or at least capable of decency. A tiny few are wonderful."

Nah, too long.

A. (Chairman and CEO of Me, Me & Me Inc. Hippocrit of the highest order, maintains yearly membership in the Jerk of the Month Club, active group leader for Arseholes Anonymous, Head Goon at the School for Narrow Minded Goons, and former priest at Our Lady of the Cream Bun and Jam, turned minister for the now reformed First Church of the Last Laugh. Often hungover.)
Great storyKrypton
Apr 12, 2002 9:25 AM
Spirito,

I always enjoyed your posts (I've been coming here for some time now) and you seem like a truly genuine good guy. I think that by finding someone to give it to, you just proved again my point. Some people would have taken the money and sold the frame to someone else. I guess in life, if you do good, it'll come back to you. Thanks for the story.

By the way, to the guy or gal that did this, if you're on this board, my hats off to you, you get my utmost respect and admiration...

Joel
i needed something like thatcolker
Apr 12, 2002 9:41 AM
after 2 terrible months of dealing with some ugly sides of people.pphheew.. i'm feeling oppressed. nice to remember goodness comes in when least expected.congrats for attracting superior beings.
another thing:... that's a very nice picture ben. the greenish hue makes it even more mysterious.
The rare heart lurks behind ebay sunglassesCrankist
Apr 12, 2002 10:25 AM
Perhaps we can assemble this thing. I'll pledge $50.00 towards a wheelset.
Mike
Great Idea, I'm in also.Len J
Apr 12, 2002 10:31 AM
Spirito:

give us a list of what's necessary to finish the bike. I'm sure we all have parts laying around that we could ship to you, (if you'd be willing to assemble). I'd love to help.

Len
I'm with LenJekyll
Apr 12, 2002 10:38 AM
Let us know what you need to finish the bike...
I'm inPaulCL
Apr 12, 2002 11:02 AM
Give us that list. I'll send whatever I have to give, whatever you need. Paul
I've got some clipless pedalsAhimsa
Apr 12, 2002 1:08 PM
What do I need 'em for?

I'll pledge those. Let me know if this is gonna happen and I'll ship 'em off.

Cheers!

A.
I'll supply the beerSlipstream
Apr 12, 2002 10:48 AM
oh, and $50 bucks too.
Spirito, can u set up a PayPal acctSlipstream
Apr 12, 2002 10:51 AM
or, if you have one post it & I'll xfer the funds.
Yep, it's amazingAnvil
Apr 12, 2002 11:02 AM
I've been fortunate enough to know a number of people who go out of their way to help others, doing so unselfishly and without an expectation of a return. People like that make you want to be a better person.
use the auction payment to build it up (nm)skibert
Apr 12, 2002 4:30 PM
I'm in as well......cdlynx
Apr 13, 2002 10:14 AM
Spirito: Great follow-up post after watching an interesting auction. Please e-mail me PayPal address and I'll make contribution to build up this bike along with others. Spread the goodness of humanity...the world could use some cheering-up! The Grand Canyon was created starting with 1 rain-drop of water at some point in time! Do something nice to a stranger today!
Then get out and ride!