Saturday, February 23, 2013

A FINAL FAREWELL & IT WAS OFF TO THE NEAREST CHEVY DEALER……….

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We were all up early this morning & on the move.  There was no sitting around in our PJ’s & housecoats leisurely drinking coffee & chit chatting.  Jean had her suitcase all packed, I skipped my shower & breakfast while Kelly took care of some early morning computer stuff.  Jean said a final goodbye to a little sad faced Pheeber doggy.  It was dark, & we were on the road by 5:35 a.m.
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PHEEBS & JEAN SAY GOODBYE
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Not a lot of traffic all the way to Surprise Arizona.  Golden Corral didn’t have it’s lights on so I drove right by it.  We circled back through the Mallopollis maze of parking lots & found it no problem.  Again, it was sad sitting there watching the dawn break over a distant mountain range knowing we would be saying goodbye in a few minutes.  The shuttle van was right on time.  Suitcase out of the Jeep, a last hug before helping Jean into the van, a final wave, and she was gone………………….:((
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JEAN PACKS AWAY HER WINTER MITTS…WON’T BE NEEDING THEM IN FLORIDA
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A FINAL WAVE
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AND, THE BLUE SHUTTLE VAN HEADS FOR THE AIRPORT
Kelly & I drove away reflecting back on Jean’s visit & how much we enjoyed having her here.  But alas, it was time to move on & we had ourselves another immediate mission to take care of.  When we bought the Sunseeker, we only got one set of keys.  The Chevy key is a chip key so we had to have another one made at a GM dealership not too far from where we had dropped Jean off.  Only took us about 15 minutes to reach the western side of Surprise & pull into the SANDS CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP.  Wow!!
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I’ve seen a few big fancy schmancy car dealerships before, but this one kinda took the cake.  First thing that caught my eye was the row of vintage Chevy Corvettes in the showroom.  The photos below will show the display better than I can describe it.
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1959 CHEVY IMPALA
No problem getting a second key made &  Kelly had already checked our Chevy manual to see how we could program the key to our Sunseeker ourselves.   I think the key cost us around $30.  The waiting room had a lunch bar with fresh coffee brewing & 3 big boxes of fresh donuts.  I wasn’t long in getting my face into a sticky sugar coated lemon filled donut.
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NICE WAITING ROOM
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KELLY PAYS FOR THE NEW SUNSEEKER IGNITION KEY
Beautiful morning as we headed the short distance to a fairly new Walmart for a few groceries.  Dragged ourselves through an indoor McDonalds & hit the road for Congress.  Easy drive all the way back & we rolled into the driveway about 9 a.m.  Of course Pheebs came bounding out of the house right away running around looking for Aunty Jean. 
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THIS V-8 ENGINED MOTORCYCLE IS FASHIONED AFTER A 1957 CHEVY
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Kept ourselves busy for the rest of the morning.  I had the vacuum out sucking up dust bunnies while Kelly tackled a load of laundry.  I later got a load of laundry done as well.  Moved all my stuff out of the Sunseeker back into my room as we worked away at getting ourselves re-organized.  It was good for me to keep myself busy or I would have been feeling sad about Jean leaving.
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We are fortunate here at the house to have an outside RV sewer hook-up in our back yard.  Must have been put in by a former owner.  I simply drove the rig around to the back of the house later this morning & lined up with the in-ground sewer pipe.  It was the first time dumping the tanks on the Sunseeker & everything went off without a hitch.  Now, how handy is that, having an RV dump station in one’s own back yard.  This rig also has a backwash hookup for the black tank so I easily flushed it out using the hose/flush/spray system.  Nice feature.
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We spent a fair bit of time in the rig this afternoon discussing plans for the dinette area, organizing drawers, etc.  I also spent time with the radio re-tweaking the sound again & familiarizing myself with the iPod workings.  I can no longer rely on my memory to instantly retain things so it is repetition that works best for me.  If I do something over & over long enough, it has a better chance of sticking to my brain cells.  So, when I say I spent a fair bit of time with that touch screen computer Mossmagator of an entertainment center in the Sunseeker, I meant I did just that.  If I go out there in the morning, turn on the radio & can’t remember anything…….I’m gonna take a long walk of a short pier!!!!
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Following our Chevy manual instructions later this afternoon, we were successful in programming our new Sunseeker ignition key.  Kelly read the easy instructions & I did the very strenuous & somewhat hard physical task of turning the key to the correct positions at the correct times….as instructed of course:))
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AM WONDERING IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT THAT FROSTED GLASS OBJECT IS FASTENED TO THE DASH OF THIS OLDER CHEVY BELAIR  
GROANER’S CORNER:((  After a long, dry sermon, the minister announced that he wished to meet with the board following the close of the service.
The first man to arrive and greet the minister was a total stranger. "You misunderstood my announcement. This is a meeting of the board members," explained the minister.
"I know," said the man, "but if there is anyone here more bored than I am, then I'd like to meet him..."

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- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.

15 comments:

Ron & Dee's Great Adventure said...

Sorry your aunt left but love the old Chevy's. We're in Tucson and may have to take a ride toward Surprise.

Ron Cummings said...

Hi, the plastic piece you were asking about is a Traffic light finder. Its an aftermarket item, and allows you to find traffic lights without looking up from a low car. Pretty popular in the '60's. Hope this helps.

Rojo said...

Ron is right, Just watch the plastic and when it turns Green go like a bat outta heck in the vet. Had one on my 50 Ford because I had a sun visor on it.

Ron Cummings said...

I was always told by the old timers that the traffic light prisms were originally designed for "Fulton visors" Because it covered the top of the windshield so much you couldn't see the light.

John and Nan said...

I was looking at photos of Aunt Jean and the facial expressions are of one sweet, gentle lady.

Phil said...

Actually, I think they were designed to see the light when there is only one light hanging up high in the center of the intersection, which was common in Arizona in the 60's for rural intersections. Also, during that time a lot of signals in Phoenix went to a flashing mode about 11 p.m., with one direction flashing yellow, and another flashing red, depending on which street was the busiest. That way, you never had to wait for a green light in the wee hours of the morning.

Donna K said...

So sorry you had to say farewell to Aunt Jean. Sounds like you all had a great visit. Don't you wish you could talk "dog" so you could explain to Pheebs where Jean went? Great pictures of the Chevys. I used to have a '59 and loved that car.

Tammy Fletcher said...

I hate good byes, when my brother
visits and goes back home to NC
it is so hard. It is great she has
family to visit. Pheebs is so
sweet, you always wonder what they
think?

Peter + Beatrix said...

I sure can relate to saying good bye to a loved one. It is always so sad and you just never know whether there is another chance to see eachother.

OMG that Chevy dealership would have had me as a permanent resident right quick. Gorgeous cars!

Tom _Kathy_Retired said...

Your Aunt is sure going to miss those mountains and giant rocks, not to mention you guys.
A cold front is passing through Florida today and might push the temp down a few degrees from the record setting heat of the last two days. It was 90 degrees yesterday and I opened the front door and it felt like a oven. We went to the beach and it was crowded like Spring Break with local people.
She should warm up quickly.
That is one fancy dealership, I have never seen a waiting room so nice.

George and Suzie Yates said...

You had a wonderful visit with Aunt Jean and lots more memories made.
Love all the old chevy's at the dealership, sure bring back the memories too.

Mark Johnson said...

Aunt Jean is lucky to have you for a Nephew, Al. You guys were so welcoming and warm to her.
And the Cars!
WOW!
Box Canyon Mark

Sue and Doug said...

hope that Aunt Jean had a good flight back to the land of warm sunshine!!

Dennis and Donna said...

Bye, AuntJean...Keep on golfin!!..Den and I both had 67 and 66' Chevelles...mine was a yellow convertible..wished many times we still had that.

Gypsy said...

All good visits come to an end and it's so hard to say goodbye. I'd be willing to bet Aunt Jean will be back some day. I didn't realize that getting a duplicate key could be so reasonable. I've always been told they are super-expensive, but when you mention re-programming it yourself, that's where I would shut off. Either that or visit Kelly.