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Sorry Michael, he’s definitely in a better place. Love the ‘finger’ pic.What a wild ride the last few months have been.
I flew back to Arizona to visit my parents 2-7 August 2023. Helped them do some storage unit and garage cleaning from a recent move to a new house and just hang out, have meals and talk about stuff. Dad was not doing so great, but my wife's parents had flown in from Australia and only had 3 weeks left so I flew back to Florida. During my return journey, mom took him to the hospital. He spent the next month in 4 different facilities, each one finding out even more. Local ER, rehab, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, local ER and finally he passed away on Friday, 8 September 2023 at the local ER. He was suffering and in pain the entire month and he never would have recovered from what he was experiencing. A sad day, but I am very grateful that I made it out there for that week. He is in a better place.
He is probably hanging with Jimmy Buffett drinking Coronas and margaritas as he loved the tropics. There is a great picture of him smiling in a pool in Mexico, with hat and sunglasses, 2 middle fingers and a cocktail in his hand >> (this will be memorialized by his poker buddies as they are going to use the picture and have many decks of cards made so he can be with them, still kicking their a$$e$ each week at their "prayer meetings". Lol
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A few pics from near my mom's house. AZ never disappoints.
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That garage is sik.I flew out to Arizona a couple days later to be with my mom and I spent the next 2 weeks helping getting her affairs in order. I also cleaned/organized/donated/trashed so much from the garage that just needed to go. We all know the oldies hoard so much stuff, so I effected change without prejudice (gave my mom a few items to make her feel good to go through and keep) and closed the excess storage unit (from the recent house move). Saved her $300/month.
I did a quick detail (as best I could without all my own gear) on her 2009 Honda Pilot which only has 75k miles on the clock and the dealers want it badly. It is paid off and she is not interested in selling! Still in great shape with some normal wear and tear areas and I would have bought it from her for sure. It is the Touring Edition and has all the bells and whistles for the year. Needs new headlights and the passenger front door handle is loose. Didn't notice that one until I had to leave and she rarely has passengers, so she never noticed and I drove the whole time...soooo there you go. I'm due to go back in a few weeks, if nothing gets in the way, so will order some Amazon headlights and fix that door handle.
She was in a pretty good spot when I left (as best she can with so much on her plate) and has her 3 sons working all angles to get things/accounts streamlined (attorney/bank/accountant/funeral home) and all the rest of the stuff in this kind of situation. With all myself and my 2 brothers could do via phone and text (one brother lives in town with her, so I flew back to my family in Florida.
I also decided to buy my dad's vehicle so my mom didn't have to try and sell it herself or get stiffed at the dealer and the family discount is pretty nice. Not free, but better than private and I am ok with that. My wife has wanted something a bit more fuel efficient for running around town/school drop offs with the latest technology, gadgets and safety equipment. She loves the Burb, but 11-12mpg with a 25 gallon tank is rough in stop and go traffic. You all know the joy and pain....
So joining the Suburban is a 2021 Buick Envision Essence AWD, Satin Steel Metallic
w/ Ebony accents, Ecotec 2.0L Turbo, 9 speed automatic transmission and fully loaded. One step down from the top of the line Avenir model, but not missing much. So far she is pretty stoked with the new ride. Even got approval from my soon-to-be-drivers permitted daughter! Not bad for an old person's vehicle...
In preparation for the sale, before my mom and I agreed on the sale, (still under 3yr/36k warranty until April 2024 and 5yr/60k powertrain until 2026) I took it into the dealer for a rotate/balance/alignment (at my cost, but worth it) and had to fix a DIC light (turned out to be a fuse and under warranty).
Also got it into the detail shop mostly to focus on the interior. I had given it a full clean and shop vac as well as wash so it wasn't a show for the detailers. Of course, they were impressed it turned up already cleaned!! Haha would you expect anything less of me?
They gave it a full shampoo, steam clean and ozoned the daylights out of it. I changed out the cabin filter as well. They also clay barred, deconned the paint and did a spray ceramic. It turned out really nice, buuuuut still needs some love once I get some time to hit up the little imperfections already spotted....
Fresh after the detail and the tidy garage which now houses the Honda Pilot.
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