After that we had to go car shopping, arrange financing, and clean out the car to be traded in. A lot of that was on me.
Last weekend I drove my parents to their hometown and back. It was fun but exhausting.
Tomorrow we have to move twenty_year_old and her bf out of their college apartment and back to our house. Much of this week has been focused on making room in the house and garage. After tomorrow things should become easier.
I vented a bit to Mrs. Ha, and she reponded poorly. She did't feel exhausted and overworked and didn't understand why I did, but she's not working, and she's not doing a lot of what I've been doing. Oh yeah, work has been busy too, but it's getting me in better shape.
I'm getting to the age where death is becoming too common. A few months back a guy Tom from high school band who was older than me went into surgery for a brain issue, and didn't make it. About a month ago my old band director Doc died, I never made time to see him play out, he was a jazz musician. I just found out a college friend died in December, suddenly. At least Rob got to live his aerospace dreams. There's a TV segment going around about the launch of the Webb telescope, Rob was on mission control and got a 3 second cameo.
Subarus are now a minority in our family, the last one remaining is twenty_five_year_old's 2013 Impreza. When I took our 2007 Impreza in for inspection, the quote was $2100, most of that a California spec catalytic converter. Did we really want to drop $2100 on a rusty, 15 year old car with 165k miles? No, so we went car shopping again.
This time we wanted something cheap and reliable with good gas mileage that we would buy outright. We got a 2015 Hundai Accent with 102k miles. It's fun, it reminds me of the Datsun 210 I learned to drive on, a basic small Asian car.
It will be good for teaching twenty_year_old to drive, too. One of her summer plans is to fly to New Orleans when her bf gets a car and drive home with him. Being able to drive will help.
I've mentioned my dad's slowly progressing dementia. Did I mention that my mom hasn't told anyone in their hometown? She was afraid that there would be cruelty and teasing.
My mom's sister just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and their oldest son was planning a big party in their hometown on April 30th. My parents hadn't been back there since the pandemic, I hadn't been back there in 16 years, and our kids hadn't been back there in about ten years. I volunteered to drive my parents and keep an eye out for them, they accepted. We left on Friday. The kids (twenty five year old, twenty year old and her bf) agreed to come down on Saturday.
Friday we visited siblings on both parents side. One set, my Aunt on my dad's side, I saw seven years ago at my sister's funeral for her husband. Back then my Uncle looked bad, he looked worse last weekend. A brother on my mom's side mentioned his daughter was having a party that night. The third visit was to the couple celebrating their 50th.
That cousin lives a few blocks from the bnb we were staying at. My parents are notorious for going to bed early and went to bed around 8 pm, but I went and had a good time interacting with my cousins. That included some who were enough younger than me (16+ years) that I had never really talked with them as adults. It was great. One cousin even gave me a Troug IPA, it was tasty. Z volunteered that he was allergic to corn, I wondered why he even bothered living there as the hometown brewery (Straub) uses a lot of corn in their beer.
The next day was visiting more siblings, lunch at the Straub restaurant, showing off the town to the kids then the party at Elk County's largest waterfront bar, on the Clarion river.
At Straub I had their interpretation of a kolsch, the corn ruined it. I'm losing my taste for beers that include corn. The brat was okay, but the portions were too big.
The town tour was okay, twenty_five_year_old found a few things at the Goodwill. I bought the younger two ice cream from Sheetz.
The party was very nice, and the weather co-operated. It was warm and sunny enough to spend most of it outside. It was good to see my parents interacting with their sibs and hometown friends. I don't know how many picked up on my dad's dementia, he can fake it for about fifteen minutes before he starts showing his lack of short term memory. The kids got to meet most of my aunts and uncles, and some cousins. Twenty_five_year_old said she felt tall for the first time in a long time, most of my kinfolk are short. My kin are also fond of drink and food, and talking about relatives. I never realized they were hobbits.
Twenty_year_old and her bf are moving back tomorrow, he'll be here for almost two weeks. They have a lot to move, tomorrow is going to be rough. Tonight I'll be freeing up more space in the garage.
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