It was a very strange day indeed. I got up early and headed out to the airport with a full day of plans. I was heading down from KRUT to KAVP to buy a C172 that I have been looking at for my youngest son to get his license in. I had a second pilot lined up to fly it back to Rutland and we were set to go. Pulled the Mooney out of the hanger and fired it up. It hit on the first roll and we taxied out to the run up area. Mag check really rough on the left. Lean to burn it off. and the left clears off. Check right........plane drops dead on the right mag. Look across the airport and my mechanic just happens to be working on a Saturday. We taxi over and have him take a look. Pull the cowl run it up for him and he pronounces the right mag dead. Taxi the Mooney back over to the hanger and put it away with the days plans now in tatters. I call my wife to explain why I'm not in in the air on my way to PA and all is good there. Being the fully invested airplane wife she insists that it was better it died in Rutland than in PA. I agree and tell her that I need to call the guy with the C172 and let him know that I can't get there and we will have to work something out. He queries my intent to purchase the airplane and I explain that I was indeed very serious. Upon hearing that he let's me know that he is in Montpelier, VT doing a dog rescue trip and asks where Rutland is from where he is. He has to fly directly over me to get home to PA. Yeah we are back in business!. I call my second pilot and turn him around. We get picked up in style and get a ride in a very pretty M20E down to PA. We start going through the C172 and a guy come pulling up in a golf cart. It turns out to be a old friend of mine from when I lived in Florida who I haven't seen in 16 years. Suddenly it's old home day at KAVP. We trade updated information and get back to the business at hand doing the paperwork. All signed over and we are ready to to go. The seller comes up and asks where the check is ???? we proceed to start tearing through all of our assorted paperwork looking for the check. The check had blown out of the airplane was blowing across the ramp. Check found, crisis averted, we launch. I'm not sure how many of you have time in a 1965 C172 with the O-300 in it but it is not knows as being a speed demon even with a tailwind. When you put 16kts directly on the nose the groundspeed really suffers. 2.something back to Rutland while watching a very nice sunset in smooth air all tied down and put away. Tomorrow I'll go clear out the airplane stuff from the back seat and cargo area but I hadn't eaten anything since dinner last night and was a bit hungry. All is well that ends well. My F will get to start it's annual a week early and I guess I'm getting the mags overhauled. I need a drink.