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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:47 pm    Post subject: Philip McCaleb wishes you a joyous holiday season Reply with quote

Yes, I am earlier this year than in previous years. There IS a reason for it, I think. Rather than catch you all AFTER the holidays, this year I want to share my gratitude and message BEFORE we all sit down to eat!

I am grateful and have been moved by the literally hundreds of messages I have received over the past three months. Get well wishes, kind thoughts from the thousand or so people I went on rides with this past year, and many reminders WHY I got into this business to begin with.

We all have good years, bad years, and those years which provide profound insights into what really means the most to us. This year, I struggled with divorce, teenagers, moving, and then a surgery that was much, much more than I had anticipated. I found out just how important friends are, and why it's so important to suit up and show up when called upon to be a true friend.

My dealers are all my good friends. Probably a critical error in business judgement in this time of impersonal relationships! Rt 66 Glenn, Dave of Metro, Scoot Richmond, Scooterville Minnesota, the MAC guys from Lake Geneva, Steve of Motosport, Scoot Over Tucson, Twist N Scoot, Sportique Scooters, Noho Scooters, Barry Gwin..and MANY others, showed their support in so many ways I cannot begin to count. I had invites for Thanksgiving, offers to fly to Chicago to help me move, funny and thoughtful gifts sent to buoy my spirits......

The Buddy Brigade....wow!
Dave Harrington of justgottascoot.com, Ron Arnold, Howard, Chris and Julie, Bonegirl Angie, Jen from SD, Justin and Eric from LA, red hand moto, buddybliss, Leyna and Davide, mollymads...the decatur boys, nathanial, there are so many of you out there that I can't possibly mention everyone, though I would like to! The moderators who keep a tidy forum with great karma get my sincere thanks as well.

I'm not going to talk about business. Yes, there are cool new scooters coming!!!

I am just a scooterist, and yes, a dork, too. The love, support and endless messages of hope and faith have gotten me through a challenging year. I am excited to go on more rides with everyone this coming year. Sorry, Cincy, for bailing at the last minute! Austin, I'll be back!

Last but not least I raise my glass to Eric Almendral. It's special to have him as our forum's leader and moderator. I had the good fortune of spending a little time with Eric this past summer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Anyone interested in returning there to do a "Genuine family reunion?" That would be fun!!!
Spend time with your family this season. Call instead of sending the e-mail, give the hug that's hard to give, say you are sorry when you need to, and support your local scooter dealer!!!

Thank you all for your love and support. You ARE family, and you all are loved and appreciated more than you know.

One day at a time. Enjoy the moment and have a wonderful holiday and a joyous and prosperous new year.

with love,

Philip McCaleb



contact me anytime. I am philip@genuinescooters.com
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, chief.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks merry christmas and happy new year, too
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A happy and healthy 2013 to you.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil, it sounds like this wasn't an easy year my friend!

Here's to a much better 2013. And I hope you get to come visit your homeland so we can go up over Boulder and through Nederland. Razz.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As everyone else has said, many wishes for a more healthy and happy 2013!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We get through stuff by the grace of God and the support of family and friends. Hang in there. There are far more people that care about you and keep you in their prayers then you'll ever know.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Phil, great to see a post from you! Happy Holidays and I second the motion that you have a Happy and Healthy 2013. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This right here is exactly why I continue to support Genuine. Cool

Happy Holidays, Phil - and as an Austinite, we look forward to getting to meet you!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's to wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merciful God, what a calamitous year...and that long silence after word of the surgery and complications.

And now, back on the feet and swinging again. redhand chokes up. Long may you lean in the corners and scrape the sidestand!.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Phil!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for this post, Phil. Every year when I see it, I'm reminded of what a great choice I made when I bought my Buddy in 2007.

All the best to you- better things are ahead for sure. Happiest of Holidays to you!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Holidays!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:26 am    Post subject: Happy Holidays Reply with quote

Phil- thank you for the post and for providing us with a great product. I will continue to pray for your recovery. I hope 2013 is a much better year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merry Christmas Phil, glad to see you are on the other side of the obstacles that have been placed in your path. It is a family and we hurt when you hurt. Here's to a great 2013 with many scooters sold and ridden. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phillip,

It's great to hear from you and know that you're on the mend. I really enjoyed chatting with you during your visit to Tucson and look forward to seeing what Genuine has in the pipeline. I hope that you have a Merry Christmas and that the New Year brings blessings and good fortune; you've earned it after this year!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merry Christmas Phil!...Glad you are on the mend.

Divorce you can handle, the body heals, dealers keep sellin'...but teenagers?? Go with God my friend.. LOL...I have two of them 13, and 15...and thank goodness I love them Smile....and (shhh they love me, but don't let them know it )..

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the update, Phil! Great to hear from you and great to hear that you're moving in the right direction health-wise. Hope your 2013 is like a breath of fresh air.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Philip McCaleb wishes you a joyous holiday season Reply with quote

bigdad381 wrote:
I'm not going to talk about business. Yes, there are cool new scooters coming!!!

REALLY hoping your interpretation of "cool" is something other than a Lemonhead Buddy variation!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Philip McCaleb wishes you a joyous holiday season Reply with quote

bigdad381 wrote:
We all have good years, bad years, and those years which provide profound insights into what really means the most to us. ... I found out just how important friends are, and why it's so important to suit up and show up when called upon to be a true friend.


VERY well said... although I'm sorry you've been through something that has made you truly comprehend the gravity of such a statement. I hope your long year (and surgery/ies) are over, and it is only up from here for you!

Lake Geneva for a Genuine Reunion would be fun... I missed Amerivespa, and despite the fact that I now own one, if I drive halfway across the country once a summer for a Rally, I'd rather it be for you... I think I'll always identify as a Genuine owner first. Let us know, I'll keep an eye out for that Groupon Getaway for Lake Geneva... Very Happy I will cross my fingers that this does not happen in May... our May is booked.

Glad to hear from you Phil... keep on 'scootin! helmet Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:35 pm    Post subject: Howdy Doody, my friend. Reply with quote

Dear Philip,

Whenever I read your letters I know you are a sentimental sap just like me! That's not a bad thing, either.

Thanks for the wonderful Christmas Wish to all your friends. Your year has certainly been a struggle and I know you had some serious blues. Seems it just kept piling up but here you are digging yourself out of the rubble and moving forward.

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." - Friedrich Nietzsche

I see your muscles popping out everywhere; both physical and spiritual!

If nothing else, you now realize just how many folks around the country really do care about you. But it is only because you cared about us first! Thanks for being so "genuine".

And here's a giant Christmas, Healing Hug,

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy holidays Big Dad! I can't believe it has been a year already since your last annual MB post!

I hope this holiday season marks the beginning of what will be the best year ever for you. Wishing you and the family all the best. Looking forward to that ride together soon!

Ho ho ho!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, Phil and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

It's always good to hear from you.

It was so nice getting to spend a little bit of time with you when you were here in Tucson. I look forward to seeing you again. Are you going to be at Amerivespa this year? I hope so and look forward to a giant Genuine ride.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And Happy Holidays to you. May you enjoy the full blessings of the season. Sounds like you've had a particularly rough year and here's hoping the next one will be MUCH better.


Can't wait to hear your scooter news.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude ! Rock On! And be strong and persevering. R
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to hear from you Phil! I'm glad you're on the up and up, it was a relief to hear an update. "Koukla" and I wish you a Merry Christmas and all the Blessings and best for the New Year. I'd too love to have a Genuine reunion ride, but either way, a pilgrimage to Chicago is in order.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So good to hear! God bless you and Merry Christmas!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad that the recovery is accelerating and hoping for your return to full health ASAP. High on the list for 2013 is my visit to your neck of the woods (that riding weekend that we talked about), and I LOVE your idea of a "Genuine Family Gathering" (GFG) in Lake Geneva. We had a blast at Amerivespa and I'd love to make it back out there, and soon.

Looking forward to seeing the crew at DealerExpo if I can swing it this year.

Be well and if you're ever in the neighborhood, let me know and I'll get your room ready. We ride year-round here in the D!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the update and good wishes!


Thanks for all the fun and family of the scooter community that you add so much to.

Always remember

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

May we all scoot safely in 2013!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to have you back, big guy! A lot of what you wrote at the end applies pretty much year round to a lot of folks, but it's always good to be reminded.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. McCaleb--

I've never met you, and probably never will as I don't tend to get out of my turf here in Washington state, but I heard about your surgery a few months back, and am glad to hear that you are still with us.

Thanks for bringing such a great product to the market here in America--it is much loved and appreciated.

Happy Holidays to you and yours...and if you have not recovered completely yet, I hope you will soon.

--Best wishes
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its been a very hard year for many of us. Here's to a way better time for us all. Very glad to hear your year is heading on a better track. And new scooters?...... need a new dealer in southern illinois. Please...........
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back at you Phil......... you know marriage is something you only do a few times in your life, same with surgery, and teens? I hear they grow up to appreciate their parents.

It's been a year of upheaval for many of us: look what happened to twinkies.

I luv my scoot, it has taught me so much about myself.
You are dead on about Eric, wow, what a great guy / friend.

So happy that you are feeling better.!!!! A less eventful 2013 in your direction!

Rage on!

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